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.
Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland’s Lagman, Birger Petersson and his wife, Ingeborg, who was a member of the same clan as the reigning family. Birgitta’s family was pious; her father went to ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Born in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy, on October 16 1890; her farmworker father moved his family to Ferrier di Conca, near Anzio. Her father died of malaria and her mother had to struggle to feed her children. In 1902 an eighteen-year-old neighbor, Alexander, grabbed ... 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. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, patron of all universities and of students. His feast day is January 28th. He was born toward the end of the year 1226. He was the son of ... continue reading
By Deacon Keith A Fournier
On July 15th in the Liturgical Calendar of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we commemorate the life, holiness, work and death of a great Bishop and Doctor named Bonaventure. He was born in 1218, became a Franciscan Friar in 1243, and died in 1274. A friend ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes