It was curiosity that prompted Dositheus, the pagan page of an army officer, to journey to Jerusalem, having heard others speak of it as a holy city. At Gethsemane, his attention was drawn to a painting depicting hell. An elderly woman who noticed him staring at the picture explained to him about heaven, hell, and the Last Judgment. This conversation led Dositheus to become a Christian and a monk. In the Palestinian monastery of Gaza, he was gently guided into a life of deep asceticism by an older monk, Saint Dorotheus. Dositheus’ characteristic virtue was his total renunciation of his own will in a spirit of obedience. When beginning to serve in the infirmary, he sometimes lost his temper with the surlier patients, but immediately regretted it, stung with remorse. Rushing back to his cell, he would weep over his sin until his mentor Dorotheus reassured him that God had forgiven him. After only five years as a monk, Dositheus contracted tuberculosis. As he lay on his deathbed, he was consoled by Dorotheus, who told him, “Depart in peace; you shall appear in joy before the Holy Trinity, and there pray for us.”
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
Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry ... 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
Ansgar was born of a noble family near Amiens. He became a monk at Old Corbie monastery in Picardy and later at New Corbie in Westphalia. He accompanied King Harold to Denmark when the exiled ... 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