The son of a Roman official, Pope/St. Nicholas I was born c. 820. He developed an interesting theory of church-state relations: both the pope and the emperor possess power; their spheres, however, are different. The pope, since his realm of power is spiritual, can interfere in matters of state, but the emperor, because his realm of power is temporal, cannot interfere in matters of the church. Nicholas was firm in dealing with people who displeased him. He excommunicated and deposed Archbishop John of Ravenna, when he behaved as if Ravenna were independent of Rome. Nicholas deposed Patriarch Photios of Constantinople for deposing the previous patriarch, Igatius. Photios later excommunicated Nicholas. Nicholas refused to allow Lothair II to abandon his wife, Theutberga, to marry his mistress. Nicholas died in 867
Archbishop and "the First Martyr of Canterbury." He was born in 953 and became a monk in the Deerhurst Monastery in Gloucester, England, asking after a few years to become a hermit. He received ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Lucy's name means "light", with the same root as "lucid" which means "clear, radiant, understandable." Unfortunately for us, Lucy's history does not match her name. Shrouded in the darkness of time, all we really know for certain is that ... 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. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and ... continue reading
By Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.
This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but for the daily listening to and heeding the voice of Almighty God - in the home, in the synagogue and Temple, in the ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes