While serving England's persecuted Catholics, the Jesuit Father Roger Filcock became the confessor of the young widow (Saint) Anne Line, who had devoted her life to the sheltering of Catholic priests who were hunted by the Protestant authorities. Arrested in 1600, Father Filcock and the Benedictine priest (Blessed) Mark Barkworth were sentenced to death for their priesthood on February 26, 1601. The next day, as the two were led to their execution, Father Barkworth sang the Easter antiphon, "This is the day the Lord has made," to which Father Filcock replied, "Let us rejoice and be glad." Upon seeing the dead body of Anne Line, executed immediately before them, hanging from the scaffold, Father Barkworth reverently kissed her hand and her dress, saying to the deceased martyr, "You have gotten the start of us, sister, but we will follow you as quickly as we may." After witnessing Father Barkworth's execution, Father Filcock invoked the intercession of his now martyred brother priest before suffering the same fate: "Pray for me to our Lord, whose presence you now enjoy, that I too may faithfully run my course."
Lydia Purpuraria (1st century) was born at Thyatira (Ak-Hissar), a town in Asia Minor, famous for its dye works, (hence, her name which means purple seller). She became Paul's first convert at ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
St. John Joseph of the Cross was born about the middle of the seventeenth century in the beautiful island of Ischia, near Naples. From his childhood he was the model of virtue, and in his sixteenth ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
Over the centuries, the Jesuits have been relied upon by Popes as trustworthy, heroic soldiers for Jesus Christ and His Church. Yes, there have been times when the company seemed to lose its fervor. However, Jesus Christ the King has always sent His Spirit to ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes