Sisebut was abbot of the Benedictines’ Monastery of Saint Peter in Cardena, Spain. Under his direction, the abbey prospered, becoming one of the country’s most renowned religious houses. Sisebut was remembered for his exceptional self-discipline, his fidelity in observing the monastic rule and customs, his faithful exercise of the priestly ministry, and his solicitude in administering the monastery. He gave the Spanish military hero Rodrigo Diaz del Vivar (“El Cid”) safe refuge in his monastery when the latter had been exiled by King Alfonso VI. It was in Sisebut’s abbey that “El Cid” was later buried. Following Sisebut’s death, a woman suffering from paralysis of the limbs besought his intercession, praying to him and visiting his tomb daily. Upon being instantaneously cured, she walked with newly restored agility all the way around the church, offering thanksgiving to God. In gratitude, the woman funded from her own wealth the construction of a hospice for visiting pilgrims adjoining the chapel containing Sisebut’s body.
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 ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
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Francis was a young nobleman at the court of the King of Spain. He became a Duke when he was only thirty-three and lived a happy, peaceful life with his wife Eleanor and their eight children. But ... continue reading
By Justin Soutar
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