In her teenage years, Margaret Fontana, of Mutina, Italy, consecrated her virginity to God and became a Third Order Dominican, living her consecration thereafter in her family’s home. Margaret’s biographer describes her as “meek and humble as a lamb…simple and pure as a dove, ” sparing in words, but honest and wise whenever she did speak. She rose in the night not only to recite the divine office, but also to spend much time in her own devotions. On one occasion, in the street facing the Fontana family’s home, a girl about nine years old, while playing with other children, was struck in the right eye by a sharp piece of wood, which lacerated it. As the girl screamed in agony, Margaret came out of her house and went to the girl’s side, saying, “Have confidence, my little daughter, and be of good heart.” Margaret then made the sign of the cross over the punctured eye. Thereupon the girl opened her eye, which was found to be completely healed. The girl lived to a very advanced age and, as an eighty-four-year-old woman, described this incident to three priests many years after Margaret’s death.
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
Sister of St. Louis and daughter of King Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, she refused offers of marriage from several noble suitors to continue her life of virginity consecrated to God. She ministered to the sick and the poor, and after the death of her ... 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
Claretian archbishop and founder. Anthony was born in Salient in Catalonia, Spain, in 1807, the son of a weaver. He took up weaving but then studied for the priesthood, desiring to be a Jesuit. Ill ... 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