Tagged: Jesuit saints

St. Francis Borgia: From Nobleman to Priest

Image: Carlos V receives a visit from Saint Francis Borgia in Yuste St. Francis Borgia is the saint of the day for October 10.  He was a Spanish duke, who married, and, after his wife died,  gave up a life of nobility to become a Jesuit priest. St. Francis Borgia was born October 28, 1510, at Gandia, Valencia, Spain, the first of 17 children, to noble...

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of teenagers

The saint of the day for June 21 is St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian Jesuit priest, the patron saint of teenagers. He is also the patron of AIDS care-givers and AIDS patients, and relief from sore eyes. The 16th century was very similar to the 21st century.  The times were lax, morally careless, self-indulgent. Aloysius saw the decadence around him and was determined not to be part...

St. Claude de la Colombiere: Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The saint of the day for February 15 is St. Claude de la Colombiere, a Jesuit missionary, who was the brilliant and pious spiritual director of St. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. While he is best known for his association with St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the devotion of the Sacred Heart, his life has its own drama. He was born near Lyons, France in 1641 to...

St. Paul Miki and companions, martyrs

The saints of the day for February 6 are St. 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...