St Gregory of Nyssa was one of the youngest of a family of ten, five brothers and five sisters, nearly all of whom, including their parents, are honoured as saints. He was strong in his defence of the divinity of Jesus and of the Holy Spirit.
Summary: An American of Austrian origin, Katharine Drexel (canonised by John Paul II in 2000) inherited a fortune, but chose to spend it on the education and spiritual needs of Afro- and [...]
Summary of St Oswald There are two saints called Oswald in England: one was a king, the other a monk. The king lived in the 7th century in Northumbria: he brought St Aidan to Lindisfarne and his feast is on 5th August. The other was a monk, of danish origin, lived [...]
Summary of St Polycarp, Bishop, Martyr. Born about the year 69; died on this day about 155 at Smyrna (Turkey), where he had been the beloved and respected bishop. A disciple of Saint John the apostle, who wrote to the Philippians to strengthen their faith and to defend [...]
Margaret of Cortona is said to have suffered from bi-polar symptoms, that is, sometimes manic and at other times abnormally depressed states in a way that interferes with functioning. Others have described her as a second Mary Magdalene.
Patrick Duffy tells her [...]
Summary of Seven Founders of the Order of Servites, Religious. In 1233 these prominent businessmen from Florence (Italy) withdrew to a life of solitude, prayer, and penance. They developed into an order of mendicant friars (Servants of Mary). Noted for their radical response to the demands of the gospel.