In 1838, the pagan governor of Vietnam’s Nam Dinh province summoned five hundred soldiers to a banquet to pressure them into trampling upon a cross in renunciation of Christianity. Most of the guests complied, but three Catholic soldiers refused, one of whom was Domingo Nicolas Dat Dinh, from Phu Nhai. The three soldiers were tortured, but to no avail. The governor then rounded up the soldiers’ families and threatened to torture them if the three continued to refuse his order. Frightened for their parents, wives, and children, the soldiers yielded, agreeing to trample upon a cross. But soon repenting, they confessed their sin to a priest and returned to the governor to re-affirm their faith. He simply sent them away. Two of the soldiers (Saints Augustin Huy Viet Phan and Nicolas The) then went to the emperor Minh Mang to deliver a declaration of their faith. Both were executed. Domingo had concurred in his companions’ declaration, but had been unable to accompany them. When soon afterward he was captured, he said, “I have already suffered so much for Christ that I will not lose my reward for it.” He was executed on July 18, 1838.
Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, Germany, in 1577. A practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. In ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Catherine Laboure, virgin, was born on May 2, 1806. At an early age she entered the community of the Daughters of Charity, in Paris, France. Three times in 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who then was a twenty-four year old novice. On July ... 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
John the Baptist was the son of Zachary, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary who visited her. He was probably born at Ain-Karim southwest of Jerusalem after the ... 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