Tagged: Italian saints

St. Clare of Montefalco: Bearer of the Cross of Christ

August 17 is the feast of St. Clare of Montefalco (1268-1308), an Augustinian nun noted for her devotion to the Passion of Christ. For that reason, she is sometimes called St. Clare of the Cross. In her community of sisters, she was a model of religious life according to the ideals of Augustine. As superior of her convent, she constantly urged her sisters to practice...

St. Clare of Assisi: Contemplative, Miracle-Worker, Lover of the Eucharist

August 11 is the memorial of St. Clare of Assisi, the first woman to follow the life of radical poverty practiced by St. Francis of Assisi and co-founder of the Poor Clares. Her nuns are well-known for joyfully embracing lives of radical poverty and penetential austerity as a means of entering into profound communion with Christ crucified. The Lady Clare was born into a wealthy,...

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...

St. Romuald, abbot and founder

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Romuald, abbot and founder of the Camaldolese Benedictines –one of the Italian branches of the Benedictines. He was born around 950 in Ravenna, Italy of a noble family and died on June 19, 1027 in Val-di-Castro, Italy. Horrified, after his father killed a relative in a duel, at which he was forced to be present, Romuald retired to...

St. Philip Neri: Patron Saint of Joy

May 26 is the feast of St. Philip Neri. He has a special place in my heart because he was on fire with love for the Lord and had a wonderful way of drawing others to the Faith — through his warm sense of humor and charismatic personality. He treated everyone with equal dignity and respect and dedicated himself to helping others, regardless of their...

Saint John I, Pope and Martyr

On May 18, the Church honors the first Pope St. John in its history.  Saint John I, a martyr, was  incarcerated and starved to death by a heretical Germanic king during the sixth century. Pope John was born in Tuscany. He served as an archdeacon for several years before being elected Pope on the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. He was a friend...

St. Ignatius of Laconi: Man of Charity and Humility

  The saint of the day for May 11th is St. Ignatius of Laconi, a Capuchin Friar. Born on December 18, 1701 the second of seven children, to a poor Italian farming family, he received the name Francis Ignatius Vincent after St. Francis of Assisi, who had interceded for his safe delivery at birth. In turn, his mother promised the saint that she would name her...

St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Doctor

April 29th is the feast of my Confirmation saint, St. Catherine of Siena, Caterina di Giacomo di Benicasa (1347 – 1380). As a mystic, activist, reformer, contemplative, and Doctor of the Church, she is one of the most prominent figures in Christian history. Catherine, the youngest of twenty-six children, was born in Siena on March 25, 1347. During her youth she had to contend with...

St. Gianna Beretta Molla: Doctor, Wife, and Mother

October 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962 If you must choose between me and the baby, no hesitation; Choose—and I demand it—the baby, Save him!” Gianna Beretta Molla was an Italian pediatrician, wife, and mother who refused to have either an abortion or hysterectomy when she was pregnant with her fourth child. Doctors had discovered in the second month of her pregnancy a fibroma tumor...