Archive for the 'Lives of the Saints' Category

Saint Francis was born Ascanio Caracciolo.  At 22, he was stricken with an ailment akin to leprosy, and made a vow that if he recover, he would devote his life to God’s service.  His recovery was of such speed as seemingly “miraculous”. John Augustine Adorno, a Genoese had envisioned an Order of Priests that would […]

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Little is known of Saint Erasmus, or Elmo, but he is regarded as the patron of sailors, and is considered one of the 14 Holy Helpers. He was a bishop of Formiae, in the Campangna. His relics were Formiae until the town was sacked in 842 by the Saracens, and they were moved to Gaeta. […]

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In AD 1010, King Sancho founded a monastery on his land of which his daughter, St. Tigrida, was made charge.  It was most likely a double-monastery, but the nuns are spoken of mostly. When it later fell into laxity, King Sancho was determined to restore discipline, and introduced the Cluniac reform.  To Ona was sent […]

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These Saintly martyrs were part of the attempt of the later 1800’s to mission the African continent. At the situation would find them, they were attempting to instruct and convert the tribe of the King, Mtesa. Mtesa was a man addicted to “unnatural vice,” and surrounded by men threatened by the missioners. They piqued his […]

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