Saint José María de Yermo y Parres (November 10, 1851-September 20, 1904) was a Mexican priest and founder of the Religious Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of the Poor. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of León, Guanajuato, on August 24, 1879. Moved to pity by the plight of the poor in his local community, he opened "The Shelter of the Sacred Heart" on December 13, 1885, thus beginning a new religious order dedicated to serving the poor. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 6, 1990 in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, and was canonized in Rome on May 21, 2000 along with 26 other Mexican saints - Cristóbal Magallanes Jara and his 24 companion martyrs, priests and laymen; and María de Jesús Sacramentado Venegas, foundress of the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the "Little Flower", and found in her short life more inspiration for own lives than in volumes by theologians. Yet Therese died ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Clare was a beautiful Italian noblewoman who became the Foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares." When she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach, her heart burned with a great desire to imitate Francis and to live a poor humble life for Jesus. So ... 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. Catherine was born in Florence in 1522. Her baptismal name was Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine upon entering religion. From her earliest infancy she manifested a great love of ... continue reading
By Deacon F. K. Bartels
The Catechism of the Catholic Church informs us - The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls 'angels' is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition (328). Charged by God to ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes