As a child, Erminold, a native of the German region of Swabia, was sent to the monastery of Hirschau to be educated there. He subsequently became a monk, and in 1117 was appointed abbot of the monastery of Prufening. A great friend of the poor, Erminold emptied all the storehouses of his monastery to feed the needy during a famine. When at length nothing was left to feed his monks, Erminold begged God to intervene, and invoked the intercession of the martyr, Saint George. His prayers were answered when the next day a rich noble came to the abbot, promising to relieve their want from his own wealth. Several monks so bitterly resented Erminold's enforcement of monastic discipline that one of them struck him with a heavy wooden beam, leaving him gravely wounded. On the eve of the feast of the Epiphany, Erminold told those standing around his sickbed, "Tomorrow, during the solemnities of the greater Mass, with the choir singing, 'Glory to God in the highest,' I shall depart from this world." His prediction was proved true when the next day he died just as the Gloria was being sung at Mass.
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
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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
Imagine being able to sit at the feet of the apostles and hear their stories of life with Jesus from their own lips. Imagine walking with those who had walked with Jesus, seen him, and touched him. That was what Polycarp was able to do as a disciple of Saint John the ... continue reading
Martyr whose Apologia, or defense of the faith, is considered one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian Prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perennis, arrested him, ... 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