From the age of seven, Pina Suriano, of Partinico, Italy, was an active member of the Catholic Action lay apostolate. She longed to give herself more fully to God in the religious life, but her parents were so bitterly opposed to her vocation that they declared it was "better to have a dead daughter than one who was a nun." As an obedient daughter, Pina agonized over this conflict. She experienced a dark night of the soul, as revealed in her diary: "I feel alone and without help, human or divine, abandoned even by the One who is my entire life." Eventually Pina's parents dropped their opposition to her vocation, but soon afterward she was found to be medically unfit for convent life. Despite her sorrows, Pina was sustained by an all-consuming love for Christ, to whom she prayed, "Jesus, make me more and more your own. Jesus, I want to live and die with you and for you." At the age of thirty-three, Pina made in the presence of her parish priest an offering of her life for the sanctification of priests. Two years later, on May 19, 1950, while preparing to go to Mass, she suffered a fatal heart attack.
Cofounder of the Barnabites. Born in 1502 in Cremona, Italy, Anthony became a medical doctor. In 1528 he was ordained a priest and cofounded the Barnabites, the religious congregation so called ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
Juan Diego was born in 1474 in the calpulli or ward of Tlayacac in Cuauhtitlan, which was established in 1168 by Nahua tribesmen and conquered by the Aztec lord Axayacatl in 1467; and was located 20 ... 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