Tagged: Catholic saints

St. Apollinaris, Apologist, Miracle-Worker and Martyr

The saint of the day for July 20 is St. Apollinaris, an illustrious second century bishop and a great apologist for his time. Born in Antioch, Turkey, he became the first bishop of Ravenna, Italy, where he shepherded his flock for twenty-six years. St. Apollinaris  defended the Christian religion to the emperor Marcus Aurelius, who, shortly before, had obtained a victory over the Quadi, a...

St. Macrina the Younger: Virgin and Ascetic

The saint of the day for July 19 is St. Macrina the Younger, a nun in the early Church. Her younger brother, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, wrote her biography, which centers on her virginity and asceticism.  St. Gregory tells us that Macrina “reached the highest summit of human virtue by true wisdom.” St. Macrina the Younger (330-380) was the eldest child in a family of saints. Her...

St. Camillus of Lellis, patron of the sick

  The saint of the day for July 18 is St. Camillus of Lellis, founder of an order dedicated to the care of the sick. He is the patron of the sick, hospitals, and nurses. St. Camilus was born in Bacchianico, Italy in 1550 and died in Rome, Italy in 1614. His mother died while he was still a child and his father was an...

Seven Quick Takes: Saints, Apparitions, and Miracles

1. The saint of the day for July 14 is a special young woman whom I have admired for some time —  St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint. Known as the “Lily of the Mohawks” and the “Geneviève of New France,” Kateri was born near the town of Auriesville, New York, in the year 1656, the daughter of a Mohawk chief and an...

St. Benedict of Nursia: Founder of Western Monasticism

By Jean M. Heimann July 11 is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, the twin brother of St. Scholastica, the founder of Western monasticism. In 1964, Pope Paul VI declared him patron of Europe and in 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger chose Benedict as patron of his papacy. St. Benedict of Nursia is the patron saint of: monks, cave explorers, agricultural workers, civil engineers, kidney...

St. Veronica Giuliani: Capuchin Mystic and Stigmatist

Today, July 10, is the feast of St. Veronica Giuliani, a Capuchin Poor Clare and one of the greatest mystics of the eighteenth century. Spiritually, she has been compared to St. Teresa of Avila and St. Francis of Assisi. Born in the Italian town of Mercatello on December 27, 1660, St. Veronica Giuliani was given the baptismal name of Ursula. She was pious from a...

St. Maria Goretti: Model of Mercy

July 6 marks the feast day of St. Maria Goretti, a young virgin and martyr, who is a model of mercy and chastity for all. Maria Goretti was a peasant girl who was stabbed fourteen times, while fighting off a rapist. She died forgiving her killer. St. Maria Goretti is the patron saint of: children, girls, martyrs, rape victims, and youth. Maria Goretti was born on...

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria

July 5th is the optional memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria, co-founder of the Barnabites, the religious congregation so called because it was headquartered in St. Barnabas Monastery in Milan. St. Anthony had great devotion to Our Lord crucified. He helped introduce the Forty Hours’ Devotion and initiated the ringing of the church bells on Friday. Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born at Cremona, Italy,...

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

Today, July 3, is the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, whose name derives from a Hebrew root that means “paired, twin”. In fact, John’s Gospel several times calls him “Dydimus”, a Greek nickname for “twin”. The reason for this nickname is uncertain.  St. Thomas was a Jew, and most likely a Galilæan who happily followed Jesus as one of the twelve apostles. St. Thomas...

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

  By Jean M. Heimann June 29 is the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, who are the co-founders of the Catholic Church. Both were martyrs for the faith. “Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day...