A native of the French region of Gascony, Virgil became a monk of the island abbey of Lerins (Saint-Honorat), near Cannes, France. It is related that one night, as Virgil was walking along the shore, he spotted a mysterious ship moored along the beach, with its sailors manning the deck. Two disembarked and approached him, saying, “Reverend father, we know who you are, and greatly esteem your incomparable virtue…And now we are bound for Jerusalem; come, therefore, with us…and your name will be praised by all men.” Perceiving in these flattering words the smoke of Satan, Virgil immediately made the sign of the cross and answered, “The wicked wiles of the deceiver cannot beguile the soldiers of Christ, nor can you entrap those whom God forewarns.” When Virgil had spoken, the ship and its sailors instantly vanished, leaving only the calm of a starlit night. Virgil became archbishop of the city of Arles, and proved to be a zealous pastor. He is believed to have been the bishop who consecrated the great apostle of England, Saint Augustine of Canterbury, to the episcopacy.
Born at Montepulciano, Italy, October 4, 1542, St. Robert Bellarmine was the third of ten children. His mother, Cinzia Cervini, a niece of Pope Marcellus II, was dedicated to almsgiving, prayer, ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
St. Rita was born at Spoleto, Italy in 1381. At an early age, she begged her parents to allow her to enter a convent. Instead they arranged a marriage for her. Rita became a good wife and mother, but her husband was a man of violent temper. In anger he often mistreated ... 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
Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
God and his angels look down upon us; Christ, who looks on as we do battle in the contest of faith. What great dignity and glory are ours, what happiness to struggle in the presence of God and to be crowned by Christ our judge. Let us be armed with a great ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes