As a child, Nicholas Puglia, of Giovenazzo, Italy, was both pious and studious. At the age of twenty, while studying in Bologna, he heard Saint Dominic preach. Nicholas was so moved by this sermon that as soon as Dominic exited the pulpit, he went to ask of him admission into his Order of Friars Preachers. As a Dominican novice, Nicholas exhibited an exceptional determination to make steady, daily progress in the spiritual life. As a Dominican priest, he obtained through his prayers and words the return of numerous sinners to the sacraments and the conversion of many Jews to the Catholic faith. He was particularly efficacious in his apostolic labors across the Italian regions of Bari and Apulia. Nicholas served two terms as provincial of the Dominicans’ Roman province. Near the end of his life, he obtained permission to withdraw from his heretofore very active ministry in order to devote his remaining time fully to prayer, in preparation for his approaching death.
Anicetus was a Syrian from Emesa. He became pope about 155 and actively opposed Marcionism and Gnosticism. His pontificate saw the appearance of the controversy between East and West over the date of ... 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
St. Stephen the Great (977-1038), was the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader in 997. Already raised a Christian, in 996 he wed the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria ... 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