Maria Repetto, of Voltaggio, Italy, was one of five girls in her family to enter religious life. At the age of twenty-two, she entered the Genoa convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge. Having asked to be assigned only to tasks within her convent, she served as a seamstress, washerwoman, infirmarian, and portress. The latter office afforded her the opportunity to comfort and counsel the many poor who came to the door. Often she gave visitors holy cards of Saint Joseph, to whom she was especially devoted. Through his intercession she obtained numerous conversions and physical cures. Sister Maria spent much time, and even whole nights, praying before the Blessed Sacrament. On many mornings, she was discovered kneeling on the front step of the altar after a night of adoration. Her zeal for reverent liturgical celebrations and beautifully adorned churches prompted her to assist in providing poor parishes with fitting liturgical furnishings. On her deathbed, Sister Maria uttered as her final words the beginning of the Marian Easter antiphon, Regina Caeli: “O Queen of heaven, rejoice. Alleluia!”
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 ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Jude, known as Thaddaeus, was a brother of St. James the Less, and a relative of Our Saviour. St. Jude was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus. Ancient writers tell us that he preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. According ... 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
When Alfred Bessette came to the Holy Cross Brothers in 1870, he carried with him a note from his pastor saying, "I am sending you a saint." The Brothers found that difficult to believe. Chronic ... 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