Saint of the Day for May 30: St. Joan of Arc (Jan. 6, 1412 – May 30, 1431)
By Franciscan Media – During the Hundred Years War, Joan led French troops against the English and recaptured the cities of Orléans and Troyes. This enabled Charles VII to be crowned as king in Reims in 1429. Captured near Compiegne the following year, Joan was sold to the English and placed on trial for heresy and witchcraft. Professors at the University of Paris supported Bishop Pierre Cauchon of Beauvis, the judge at her trial; Cardinal Henry Beaufort of Winchester, England, participated in the questioning of Joan in prison. In the end, she was condemned for wearing men’s clothes.
Saint of the Day for December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe
By Franciscan Media – A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower, and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady… Juan was walking by a hill called Tepeyac when he heard beautiful music like the warbling of birds. A radiant cloud appeared, and within it stood an Indian maiden dressed like an Aztec princess. The lady spoke to him in his own language and sent him to the bishop of Mexico, a Franciscan named Juan de Zumarraga. The bishop was to build a chapel in the place where the lady appeared.
Saint of the Day for November 2: Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
By Franciscan Media – The Church has encouraged prayer for the dead from the earliest times as an act of Christian charity. “If we had no care for the dead,” Augustine noted, “we would not be in the habit of praying for them.” Yet pre-Christian rites for the deceased retained such a strong hold on the superstitious imagination that a liturgical commemoration was not observed until the early Middle Ages, when monastic communities began to mark an annual day of prayer for the departed members.
Saint of the Day for November 1: Solemnity of All Saints
By Franciscan Media – The Story of the Solemnity of All Saints – The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagon-loads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the pope intended “that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons”
Today’s Saint: St. Matthew, Apostle, Feast day: September 21
Catholic News Agency – Saint Matthew, the first-century tax collector turned apostle who chronicled the life and ministry of Christ in his Gospel, is celebrated by the Church today, September 21. Although relatively little is known about the life of St. Matthew, the account he wrote of Christ’s ministry – traditionally considered to be the first of the four Gospels – is of inestimable value to the Church, particularly in its verification of Jesus as the Messiah.
Saint of the Day for March 19: St. Joseph, Husband of Mary (? – ?)
When the Bible speaks of God “justifying” someone, it means that God, the all-holy or “righteous” one, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God’s own holiness, and hence it is really “right” for God to love him or her. In other words, God is not playing games, acting as if we were lovable when we are not… By saying Joseph was “just,” the Bible means that he was one who was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him. He became holy by opening himself totally to God.
Saint of the Day for February 26: St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin (Oct. 6, 1888-Oct. 20, 1922)
By Franciscan Media Saint Maria Bertilla Boscardin’s Story – If anyone knew rejection, ridicule and disappointment, it was today’s saint. But such trials only brought Maria Bertilla Boscardin closer […]
Saint of the Day for January 9: St. Adrian of Canterbury
By Franciscan Media Saint Adrian of Canterbury’s Story – Though Saint Adrian turned down a papal request to become Archbishop of Canterbury, England, Pope Saint Vitalian accepted the rejection on the […]
Saint of the Day for December 26: St. Stephen (d. c. 36 )
By Franciscan Media Saint Stephen’s Story – “As the number of disciples continued to grow, the Greek-speaking Christians complained about the Hebrew-speaking Christians, saying that their widows were […]
Saint of the Day for December 17: St. Hildegard of Bingen (Sept. 16, 1098-Sept. 17, 1179)
By Franciscan Media Saint Hildegard of Bingen’s Story – Abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, theologian—where to begin in describing this remarkable woman? Born into a […]
DECEMBER 12th: Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day: Facts & Celebration Ideas
By Gretchen Filz, The Catholic Company – December 12th is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, unborn children, and the New Evangelization… Our Lady of Guadalupe is unlike any other apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. First, it is the only apparition where Our Lady left a miraculous image of herself unmade by human hands. Second, it is the only universally venerated Madonna and Child image where Our Lady appears pregnant instead of holding the Infant Jesus.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Story of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – A feast called the Conception of Mary arose in the Eastern Church in the seventh century. It came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity.
Saint of the Day for November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
By Franciscan Media – The Story of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church.
Saint of the Day for November 2: Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
By Franciscan Media – The Story of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed – The Church has encouraged prayer for the dead from the earliest times as an act of Christian charity. “If we had no care for the dead,” Augustine noted, “we would not be in the habit of praying for them.” Yet pre-Christian rites for the deceased retained such a strong hold on the superstitious imagination that a liturgical commemoration was not observed until the early Middle Ages…
The Story of the Solemnity of All Saints – The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagon-loads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods….
Saint of the Day for October 24: St. Anthony Mary Claret (Dec. 23, 1807 – Oct. 24, 1870)
By Franciscan Media Saint Anthony Mary Claret’s Story – The “spiritual father of Cuba” was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop, and refugee. […]
Saint of the Day for October 1: St Thérèse of Lisieux (Jan. 2, 1873 – Sept. 30, 1897)
By Franciscan Media – “I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.”… These are the words of Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun called the “Little Flower,” who lived a cloistered life of obscurity in the convent of Lisieux, France. And her preference for hidden sacrifice did indeed convert souls. Few saints of God are more popular than this young nun. Her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, is read and loved throughout the world.
Saint of the Day for September 29: Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael
By Franciscan Media Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael’s Story – Angels—messengers from God—appear frequently in Scripture, but only Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are named. Michael appears in Daniel’s vision […]
Saint of the Day for September 13: St. John Chrysostom (c. 349 – Sept. 14, 407)
By Franciscan Media Saint John Chrysostom’s Story – The ambiguity and intrigue surrounding John, the great preacher (his name means “golden-mouthed”) from Antioch, are characteristic of the life of […]