After leading a rather worldly existence in his earlier years, the northern Frenchman Fulco underwent a profound conversion, becoming a zealous parish priest. He served in his own church at Neuilly-sur-Marne, and gave missions across Burgundy, Picardy, and Normandy. Fulco preached simple but fervent sermons that moved very many sinners to conversion. He did not shrink from the daunting task of denouncing from the pulpit sins of immorality and usury. It is Fulco who is said to have challenged Englandís King Richard the Lionhearted to reform his life, calling upon the monarch to rid himself of the vices of pride, avarice, and lust. Although by no means self-indulgent, Fulco did not engage in the more severe forms of fasting that some others observed, but instead gratefully partook of whatever meal was set before him. Having preached to recruit volunteers for the Fourth Crusade at the request of Pope Innocent III, Fulco was preparing to journey to the Holy Land with the crusaders when he fell ill and died.
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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
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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