Category: Saints

Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Image: Lucia Santos, Francisco and Jacinta Marto On February 20, our saints of the day are Saints Francisco (June 11, 1908 – April 4, 1919) and Jacinta Marto (March 11, 1910 – February 20, 1920) , two of the three visionaries at Fatima, Portugal. The brother and sister, who tended their families’ sheep with their cousin Lucia Santo in the fields of Fatima, Portugal, witnessed the apparitions...

Saint Conrad of Piacenza, Hermit and Healer

February 19 is the feast of Saint Conrad of Piacenza, a Third Order Franciscan hermit celebrated for his piety and miraculous cures at Noto in Sicily. Saint Conrad was a noble, born at Piacenza, Italy. As a young man, he married the beautiful Euphrosyne, daughter of a nobleman. One day while hunting, Conrad made a fire that quickly spread throughout the area. The wind carried...

Saint Gilbert: Model of Charity, Humility, and Piety

Saint Gilbert of Sempringham The saint of the day for February 16 is Saint Gilbert of Sempringham (1083-1189), founder of the Gilbertine order, which consisted of a double monastery of canons regular and nuns. Saint Gilbert was born at Sempringham, near Bourne in Lincolnshire, the son of a wealthy Norman knight and land-owner. Unable to become a knight due to a physical deformity, Gilbert was sent to...

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes February 11 marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to St. Bernadette Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared eighteen times to a poor, uneducated, sickly fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) times in the in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes, called “de Massabielle”. On March 25, the feast of the...

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, Mystic

On February 9, we commemorate the feast of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, an Augustinian canoness noted for her visions of Christ and other mystical gifts. Anne Catherine Emmerich was born on September 8, 1774 at Flamske, Westphalia, West Germany, to a small farming family. Her parents, Bernard Emmerich and Anne Hiller, were poor, but were very devout and holy. As a young lay woman, Anne...

Saint Josephine Bakhita: The Slave who became a Saint

February 8 is the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a Canossian Sister who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Sudan. She is the patron saint of Sudan. Saint Josephine Bakhita was born in Eastern Sudan around 1869. At the age of nine, she was captured by slave traders, who named her Bakhita, which means “the lucky or fortunate one.” Bakhita came from a happy,...

Thirty Days’ Prayer to Saint Joseph

Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenseless, the patron of those in need and sorrow. Look kindly on my request. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. To you,...

Best Catholic Books for Lent 2018

With Lent only one week away, it’s time to consider what you will be reading to help you grow in holiness. Here are my recommendations: 1. The Life of Christ by Venerable  J. SheenFulton – A clear, comprehensive, and compelling depiction of Christ’s life, which provides an in-depth background on numerous Scriptural texts and explanation of symbolism from both the Old and New Testament. This...

Saint Paul Miki and companions, martyrs

The saints of the day for February 6 are Saint Paul Miki and companions, martyrs. These twenty-six martyrs are sometimes called the martyrs of Nagasaki and the martyrs of Japan. St. Francis Xavier brought the Good News of Christianity to Japan in 1549. Many received the Word and were baptized by St. Francis himself. Although Francis moved on and eventually died near the shores of...