Jeanne took in distressed and abandoned orphans, single mothers and prostitutes and began living a truly spiritual life, so much so that she eventually closed the family business to concentrate more on work for others.
Since death is a consequence of sin, it was fitting that in the case of Our Lady, due to her her freedom from original sin and personal sin, she would have protected her from the general law of death.
One of the menselected for immediate death cried out, saying he had a famil. Maxamillian volunteered to take his place and this was accepted by the Nazi commander.
Summary: Ss Pontian & Hippolytus, Martyrs: Pontian, Pope, and HIPPOLYTUS, Priest, died some time in the fourth century after mistreatment in exile. They were brought back to Rome for burial on this day and honoured as seekers of the truth.
Patrick Duffy tells us what is [...]
Fachtna founded a monastery and school in the Rosscarbery area which became a celebrated seat of learning and gained an international reputation for study of sacred scripture.
St Muiredach may have been the founder of a monastery on the island of Inishmurray, seven kilometres off the coast of Mullaghmore, Co Sligo.
<<<This old image shows the Cathedral of St Muiredach, Ballina, which [...]
Summary St Attracta: When St Patrick is said to have founded a nunnery at Coolavin, he appointed Attracta as its first abbess. It was called after her Cill Adhracht (“Attracta’s church”, English Killaraght).
"Sometimes put yourself simply before God, certain of his presence everywhere, and without any effort, whisper very softly to his sacred heart whatever your own heart prompts you to say."
When Clare was very sick and confined to her cell, she began to see the convent Mass on the wall of her room as if she was present there herself. Pope Pius XII in 1958 proclaimed her patroness of television.
Summary: St Nathy (6th Century) A pupil of St Finian of Clonard, he had a reputation for holiness. St Finian put him in charge of a monastery at Achonry. It is probably for this reason that, sometime after the diocese was formally erected at the Synod of [...]
St Felim of Kilmore (1) 6th century patron of Kilmore diocese. Very little is known about this hermit Felim around whom a monastery grew up and later a cathedral.
Patrick Duffy explains some of the background.
Summary of Pope St Sixtus & Companions, Martyrs. They died on 6 August 258, martyred the year after his election as bishop of Rome during the persecution of the emperor Valerian. According to his contemporary, Saint Cyprian, he was “not so much killed as crowned, ” along with [...]
Mary was excommunicated by the Bishop of Adelaide for insubordination and disobedience. Mary took it all with patience and good humour. Later the bishop admitted his mistake
Summary of St Oswald, king and martyr. There are two St Oswalds in England: one lived in the 7th century; he was the King of Northumbria who brought St Aidan to Lindisfarne; his feast is on 5th August. (The other was a 10th century monk and bishop of [...]
Summary: St Alphonsus Liguori Many of us, especially as we get older, suffer from arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, and back and joint pains. Some cannot get any relief. Peter Ward CSsR proposes St Alphonsus Liguori as patron for all those suffering from arthritis, sciatica, muscular pains, and the like.
Summary: St Ignatius of Loyola, Priest, Religious. Born at Loyola (Spain) in 1491; died on this day at Rome in 1556. A Spanish nobleman trained in diplomacy and the use of arms, wounded in battle against the French. The experience of conversion while convalescing led him [...]
Summary: The image of the Jesuits as the “shock-troops of the Vatican” is not quite how their founder, St Ignatius of Loyola, saw either himself or his companions. Rather they were “pilgrims” who had a desire “to love and to serve the Lord with their whole being”.