A deacon under Popes Liberius and Damasus I, Pope/St. Siricius was born in Rome c. 334 and was elected to the papacy in 384. Opposed briefly by Ursinus, he was the first pope to issue decretals, directives written in the style of edicts and carrying the force of law. In 386, he issued a decretal calling for clerical celibacy and threatening sanctions against the unchaste. Siricius presided at the synod that excommunicated Jovinian in 392/93 for saying that the Theotokos lost her virginity when she bore Jesus. Siricius also condemned Bonosus of Niassus for saying that the Theotokos and St. Joseph had children together after the birth of Jesus. Siricius died in 399, and his tomb was a popular pilgrim's destination in the VII Century.
Born at Montepulciano, Italy, October 4, 1542, St. Robert Bellarmine was the third of ten children. His mother, Cinzia Cervini, a niece of Pope Marcellus II, was dedicated to almsgiving, prayer, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Barbara lived in the 4th century and brought up as a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for that purpose. Here, in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to ... 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
So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying "I was only following orders." But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross. ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes