Monthly archives:April 2017

  • April 30 St. Catherine of Siena Catherine, the daughter of a humble tradesman, was raised up to be the guide and guardian of the Church in one of the darkest periods of its history, the fourteenth century.  As a child, prayer was her delight.  She would say the “Hail Mary” on each step as she [...]
  • April 29 St. Peter, Martyr In 1205 the glorious martyr Peter was born at Verona of heretical parents.  He went to a Catholic schoo, and his Manichean uncles asked what he learnt.  “The Creed,” answered Peter; “I believe in God, Creator of heaven and earth.”  No persuasion could shake his faith, [...]
  • April 28 St. Paul of the Cross The eighty-one years of this Saint’s life were modelled on the Passion of Jesus Christ.  In his childhood, when praying in church, a heavy bench fell on his foot, but the boy took no notice of the bleeding wound, and spoke of it as “a rose sent from God.”  A few [...]
  • April 27 St. Zita, Virgin             Zita lived for forty-eight years in the service of Fatinelli, a citizen of Lucca.  During this time she rose each morning, while the household were asleep, to hear Mass, and then toiled incessantly till night came, doing the work of others as well as her own[...]
  • April 26        Sts. Cletus and Marcellinus, Popes, Martyrs             St. Cletus was the third Bishop of Rome, and succeeded St. Linus, which circumstance alone shows his eminent virtue among the first disciples of St. Peter in the West.  He sat twelve years, from 76 to 89.  The canon of Roman[...]
  • April 25 St. Mark, Evangelist St. Mark was converted to the faith by the Prince of the Apostles, whom he afterwards accompanied to Rome, acting there as his secretary or interpreter.  When St. Peter was writing his first Epistle to the Churches of Asia, he affectionately joins with his own sal[...]
  • April 24 St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen Fidelis was born at Sigmaringen in 1577, of noble parents.  In his youth he frequently approached the Sacraments, visited the sick and the poor, and spent moreover many hours before the altar.  For a time he followed the legal profession, and was remarkable [...]
  • April 23  St. George, Martyr St. George was born in Cappadocia, at the close of the third century, of Christian parents.  In early youth he chose a soldier’s life, and soon obtained the favor of Diocletian, who advanced him to the grade of tribune.  When, however, the Emperor began to persecut[...]
  • St. Soter, Pope, Martyr St. Soter was raised to the papacy upon the death of St. Anicetus, in 173.  By the sweetness of his discourses, he comforted all persons with the tenderness of a father, and assisted the indigent with liberal alms, especially those who suffered for the faith.  He liberal[...]
  • April 21- St. Anselm, Archbishop Anselm was a native of Piedmont.  When a boy of fifteen, being forbidden to enter religion, he for a while lost his fervor, left his home, and went to various schools in France.  At length his vocation revived, and he became a monk at Bec in Normandy.  The fame [...]