Felix became bishop of the northern Italian diocese of Brescia around the year 617. In the early years of his episcopate, he was able to erect several new churches with the assistance of the Catholic Lombard queen, Theodolinda. The accession of King Rotharis to the Lombard throne in 636 was to be a cause of great challenges for Felix. Rotharis, an adherent of the Arian heresy that denied the divinity of Christ, sought to impose Arianism upon the region, going so far as to appoint an Arian bishop in contravention of Felix's authority. Felix energetically battled the spread of this heresy through his exhortations to the people in sermons and in personal conversations. A series of natural calamities in Brescia, beginning with an earthquake, gave added effectiveness to the bishop's admonitions summoning the people to penitence. At the same time, Felix pleaded to God on behalf of the people for an end to the city's misfortunes.
English martyr. He was born at Stocksteads, Hampshire, and was a convert. He was arrested the day he received his first Communion. A husbands man by trade, Ralph was allowed a leave from prison and ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as "The Martyrdom of ... continue readingMore Female Saints
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the ... continue reading
Olympias born into a wealthy noble Constantinople family. She was orphaned when a child and was given over to the care of Theodosia by her uncle, the prefect Procopius. She married Nebridius, also a ... continue reading
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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of California.' Once that happens, the Golden State will have its own patron saint and the Church will have another great missionary role ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes