In 1935, Titus traveled on a lecture tour of the United States and Canada, speaking at institutions of his Order. Upon seeing Niagara Falls, he wrote, "I not only see the riches of the nature of the water, its immeasurable potentiality; I see God working in the work of his and the manifestation of his … Continue reading Bl. Titus Brandsma
In 1822, the Austrian government issued her a teacher's diploma and she began teaching first grade girls. A couple years later, she returned home to teach at the local school. It was then that she first met Vincenza Gerosa and they became very close. The two co-founded their own religious order (the Italian Sisters of … Continue reading St. Bartolomea Capitanio
Trier Cathedral Magnericus was raised by St. Nicetius and accompanied him into exile when he was banished (the King had banished Nicetius as revenge for being excommunicated). He returned to Trier the following year and then was ordained to the priesthood by Nicetius in 566. As bishop, Magnericus restored the city of Trier and founded … Continue reading St. Magnericus
Something to draw from Bl. Maria Mercedes's life and execution in this day is what it means to be persecuted. She was going about her business and vocation as a nun and an educator when a truly anti-Catholic government ripped her away from her work, tore down her work, and then arrested and shot her … Continue reading Bl. Maria Mercedes Prat
John Cassian is probably the coolest person you didn't know you knew. He is especially noted for his role in bringing the practices of Christian monasticism to the early medieval West. St. Benedict of Nursia praised some of John Cassian's writing in his rule. Use of his formulation also became part of the Liturgy of … Continue reading St. John Cassian
Joseph of Tiberias, venerated as Jospeh of Palestine, was a convert from Judaism. He was a contemporary of Emperor Constantine, a Rabbinical scholar, and member of the Sanhedrin. Joseph's mentor in the Jewish faith was Hillel II. He claimed, while an envoy of the Sanhedrin, to have been cast into the river by the Jews of … Continue reading St. Joseph of Palestine
Julia was born in Troyes, France in the third century. She was taken captive by soldiers of Roman Emperor Aurelian and given over as a slave to Claudius. Through her teachings, Julia was able to convert Claudius to Christ. In 272, upon the orders of Emperor Aurelian, both Julia and Claudius were beheaded. Their relics were enshrined … Continue reading St. Julia of Troyes
Margaret is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Western Rite Orthodox, Anglican, Eastern-Rite Orthodox, and Coptic Churches. That's pretty incredible! It's not terribly often that most of us agree on something. I love these saints that are almost universally celebrated whether Catholic or Orthodox or Coptic or otherwise. The saints are for all, … Continue reading St. Margaret of Antioch
Idol-smashing virgins! The Rad-Trads will love this story!
Bruno was a reluctant bishop. He didn't really want to be one. He wanted to be a monastic! But, as is often the case for many of us, he knew he was being called in a different direction and heeded that call.