Draw Close to Christ through the Saints
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Blessed John of Prado was born into a noble family in Spain in the late sixteenth century. He became a Franciscan friar with the great hope of bringing the Gospel to those who had never heard it before, but his superiors first ordered him to preach in his native country. He was a humble, holy, […]
Saint Michael of Synnada was just a young man when he moved to Constantinople (modern Turkey) in the late eighth century. He studied under one future saint (Tarasius) and became friends with another (Theophylact) at that time. He lived as a monk, was ordained a priest, and then was named bishop of Synnada. As a […]
Today’s saints, Castus and Aemilius, teach us that not every Christian went cheerfully and quickly to martyrdom. The early Church father, Saint Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, tells us most of what we know about the two men. During the persecution of the Roman emperor Decius, they were arrested for being Christians and were brutally tortured. […]
Blessed Hemming of Abo was born in Sweden in the late thirteenth century and studied in Paris before becoming a priest. One of his fellow students was the man who became Pope Clement VI. Hemming served as bishop of Abo for twenty-eight years, and he improved the training of his priests, served as a peacemaker, […]