Saturday, July 20, 2024

The Great Cloud of Witnesses

St. Balbina Read more

St. Balbina

The story of Balbina is introduced in the legendary Acts of Sts. Alexander and Balbina, where it is said that she was the daughter of Quirinus, a Tribune in the Roman Army. Usuardus speaks of her in his martyrology; his account of St. Balbina rests on the record of the martyrdom of St. Alexander. Legend has it that Pope Alexander I healed the daughter of Quirinius of a goiter by telling her to...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 149
St. Fergus of Scotland Read more

St. Fergus of Scotland

St. Fergus of Scotland (d. 730 A.D.), also known as St. Fergustian or Fergus the Pict, Bishop of the Gaels, was a bishop serving in the north of Scotland. Little is known of his life. He is believed to have been trained as a bishop in Ireland, ministering there for many years before traveling as a missionary to Scotland. He went throughout the Scottish countryside preaching the Gospel, setting...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 175
St. Berthold of Mt. Carmel Read more

St. Berthold of Mt. Carmel

St. Berthold of Mt. Carmel (d. 1195), also known as Bartoldus of Calabria, was born in France, the son of a Count. He excelled at his studies and was ordained a priest. Berthold's brother, Aymeric, became the Latin patriarch of Antioch. The two joined together to participate in a Crusade to the Holy Land. While in the Holy Land, Berthold traveled to Mount Carmel and built a monastery and...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 154
Saints Priscus, Malchus, and Alexander Read more

Saints Priscus, Malchus, and Alexander

These eminent Christians, Priscus, Malchus, and Alexander, led a retired holy life in the country near Cæsarea, in Palestine. During the fury of the persecution under Valerian, they often called to mind the triumphs of the martyrs; secretly reproached themselves with cowardice, as living like soldiers who passed their time in softness and ease, whilst their brethren and fellow-warriors bore...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 175
St. Rupert Read more

St. Rupert

St. Rupert was a member of a noble Frankish family.  He was appointed bishop of Worms, Germany, and then dedicated himself to spreading the faith among the Germans. With the patronage of Duke Thedo of Bavaria, he took over the deserted town of Iuvavum about 697, which was renamed Salzburg, Austria. Rupert founded a church, a monastery, and a school; brought in groups of missionaries; and...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 145
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