If you enjoy this daily blog of lesser-known saints, see my book, which contains short biographies of saints for every day of the year. Blessed Francis of Fabiano (1251-1322) was always such a cheerful child that his parents later said he came into the world, not crying, but laughing. He became a Franciscan at the age […]
If you enjoy this daily blog of lesser-known saints, see my book, which contains short biographies of saints for every day of the year. Saint Malrubis (d. 722) was born in Ireland, became a monk, and was about twenty-nine years old when he traveled to Scotland to bring the Gospel to the people there. He established […]
If you enjoy this daily blog of lesser-known saints, see my book, which contains short biographies of saints for every day of the year. Saint Marcian was just a young man running away from the destruction caused by Visigoth armies when he entered a monastery at Auxerre, France. He was an obedient, devout novice when his […]
If you enjoy this daily blog of lesser-known saints, see my book, which contains short biographies of saints for every day of the year. James Duckett was a young apprentice to a printer in London, England, when he read a book that changed his life. The Firm Foundation of the Catholic Religion convinced him of the […]
Saint of the Day
Saint Eutropius was born in Marseilles, France, and lived during the fifth century. He lived a wild life as a young man, but marriage settled him down. After his wife died, and with the encouragement of his bishop, he decided to become a priest.
As a priest, he began to live his faith much more rigorously, particularly through fasting and prayer. Shortly after the Visigoths had brutally attacked and raided the region, he was named bishop of Marseilles. His people were so devastated, spiritually and materially, that Eutropius considered fleeing the area. But instead he became a pillar of Christ-like strength to his hurting flock until his death around the year 475.
Saint Eutropius, protect me from discouragement.
Want to read about a saint every day? The “Saint of the Day” blog posts for the entire month of June on this web site are designed to help you do that. Every day of the month of June, there’s a blog post about a holy man or woman you’ve probably never heard of, but who is formally acknowledged as a saint or blessed of the Church. Just like the book, Saints: Becoming an Image of Christ Every Day of the Year, these blog posts show you how to start (or interrupt or finish) your day with a brief, inspirational life story of a saint. Each biography concludes with a short prayer to help you identify some aspect of that saint’s life that might help you in your own spiritual life.
(Note that none of the saints in these blog posts are included in the book, Saints: Becoming an Image of Christ Every Day of the Year, but they are present in the Church’s latest official list of saints, the Martyrologium Romanum, dated 2004.)
As Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, there is nothing new under the sun, and the problems we face today are often startlingly similar to the problems that holy men and women of the past faced in their own lives. Other blog posts discuss saints celebrated in the current month or who have something to teach us about our current difficulties, such as dealing with an epidemic or how to handle suffering.
The saints and blesseds of the Church teach us that holiness is possible for anyone, in any state of life, and in any historical time period. We only have to be open to God’s grace so that He can form us into images of Jesus Christ.