Tagged: martyr

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...

Seven Great Quotes from Saint Thomas More

  June 22 is the feast of Saint Thomas More, a classical scholar, a knight, Lord Chancellor of England, a statesman, a politician, a man of prayer, the author of the well-known Utopia, a theologian, and a lawyer by profession. He was born in London on February 7, 1477 into an upper class family and received an excellent education. He studied at St Anthony’s School...

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...

Saint Mark the Evangelist, The “Lion”

St. Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second Gospel, is commonly identified as “John Mark” in the Acts of the Apostles (12:12, 25; 15:37). He is the patron saint of: attorneys, notaries, prisoners, and stained glass workers. Born a Jew, he was baptized and instructed in the faith by St. Peter the Apostle and traveled with him to Rome. He had a close relationship...