Eusebia, a native of Ostrevant (near the Belgian-French border), was the daughter of two saints, the couple Adalbald and Rictrudis, and the granddaughter of another saint, Gertrude of Hamage. Following the tragic death of her father, Eusebia, still a child, was placed in the French convent of Hamage, where her grandmother was abbess. Gertrude trained her granddaughter for religious life before dying and leaving the government of the convent to the twelve-year-old girl. The understandable concern that Eusebia was too young for such a charge led to the merger of the Hamage convent with that of Marchiennes, where Eusebia's widowed mother Rictrudis was abbess. But with the passage of time, both Eusebia and Rictrudis came to recognize the value of restoring religious life to the abandoned convent of Hamage. Eusebia thereupon returned to Hamage with all the other Hamage nuns, and succeeded in re-instituting the faithful observance of the convent rule that had existed when Eusebia's grandmother was alive. Those present at Eusebia's death saw her room fill with light immediately before her passing.
Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland's Lagman, Birger Petersson and his wife, Ingeborg, who was a member of the same clan as the reigning family. Birgitta's family was pious; her father went to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Saint Rita was born Margherita Lotti in Roccaporena, Italy in 1381. The day after her baptism, Rita was surrounded by a swarm of white bees, which went in and out of her infant mouth without hurting her. Rather than being alarmed, her family believed she was marked to ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
St. Pachomius was born about 292 in the Upeer Thebaid in Egypt and was inducted into the Emperor's army as a twenty-year-old. The great kindness of Christians at Thebes toward the soldiers became embedded in his mind and led to his conversion after his discharge. After ... continue reading
St. James the Less, the author of the first Catholic Epistle, was the son of Alphaeus of Cleophas. His mother Mary was either a sister or a close relative of the Blessed Virgin, and for that reason, according to Jewish custom, he was sometimes called the brother of the ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith Fournier
This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came into our midst in the person of His Son; so that through a relationship with Jesus Christ, man could participate in the very ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes