Saints Alive! | St Martina of Rome

St. Martina of Rome (d. 228 A.D.) was born to a noble Roman family and orphaned at a young age. She was zealous in the practice of her faith, remained a virgin, and, in preparation for the Christian persecutions sweeping the city, gave much of her inheritance to the poor. She was martyred under Roman Emperor Alexander Severus. According to the accounts of her martyrdom, she was discovered praying in a church and was arrested by Roman soldiers. For more about this saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St Aquilinus of Milan

St. Aquilinus of Milan, also known as St. Aquilinus of Cologne, was born to a noble family in Bavaria, Germany. He fought against spreading heresies of his day. He was also known as a protector against plague, healing people from disease, especially during a cholera epidemic. St. Aquilinus of Milan is venerated as a martyr in the Catholic Church. For more about this saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican friar, encountered the thought of Aristotle as a student in Naples. His great Summa Theologiae brought together Aristotle’s thought and the classical Christian formulations of the Fathers of the Church. Aquinas’ writings display the profound harmony between faith and reason, and have formed students of theology for centuries. Of him Pope John Paul II wrote, “He could defend the radical newness introduced by Revelation without ever demeaning the venture proper to reason.” In 1567, he was declared the “Angelic Doctor.” For more about this saint, Angelic Doctor of the Church, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St Angela Merici

In an era marred by frequent war and corruption, Angela’s heart went out to the women of Brescia, Italy. In 1535 she established a “Company” for women who consecrated themselves wholly to Christ and yet lived a life in the world. Her Company recalled the devoted widows of the early Church, and anticipated the secular institutes founded in the 20th century. In her testament, Angela wrote, “Be on your guard and especially take care to be of one heart and mind…. There is only one sign that is pleasing to the Lord, that of loving and being united to one another.” The Company that Angela founded is now known as the Ursulines. For more about this saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | Sts Timothy & Titus

Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus. Both men were close collaborators in Paul’s missionary journeys and continued his work among the Gentiles. Titus, Paul’s “partner and co-worker” (2 Cor 8:23), went to Crete, where he was charged with evangelizing the inhabitants, who were known to be “liars, vicious beasts, and lazy gluttons” (Ti 1:12). Timothy, “brother and co-worker for God in the gospel of Christ” (1 Thes 3:2), served in Ephesus. According to tradition, he became bishop and was martyred by pagans during the festival honoring the god Dionysus. For more about these saints, please click on the image. Peace be with you!