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.
It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as "The Martyrdom of ... 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
Christians who breathed a sigh of relief when Constantine proclaimed Christianity the state religion, believing this would end the bloodshed and martyrdom. But it was all too short a time until they ... 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