Saints Alive! | St. Dymphna

According to tradition, St. Dymphna lived in the 7th century. After losing his wife and becoming mentally ill, Dymphna was murdered by her father in a mad rage. Her story was first recorded in the 13th century by a canon of the Church of St. Aubert at Cambrai, France. It was commissioned by Guiard of Laon (1238–1248), the Bishop of Cambrai. The author expressly stated that his work was based upon a long-standing oral tradition as well as a persuasive history of miraculous healings of the mentally ill. She is the patroness of mental illness, anxiety, and depression. She is a saint for our day and age. Saint Dymphna, pray for us, pray for our children and all those who suffer anxiety and mental illness. For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Matthias the Apostle

St. Matthias the Apostle (1st c.) followed Jesus during his entire earthly ministry and was one of his 72 disciples. Matthias was chosen by the 11 Apostles to replace Judas Iscariot after his betrayal of Christ and subsequent suicide. After Christ's Ascension into heaven, St. Matthias devoted himself to preaching Christianity among the pagans over Judea, Cappadocia, and Ethiopia for over 30 years. St. Matthias also preached the need for mortification of the flesh as an aid to growth in holiness. Eventually, he was martyred. For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Julian of Norwich

She was a spiritual mother to many, and an important medieval mystic whose response to the problem of evil is cited in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. After recovering from an illness St. Julian wrote her down visions she experienced in a book called "Revelations of Divine Love," the earliest surviving book in the English language known to have been written by a woman. For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Pancras of Rome

We have no reliable historical information about this martyr.  Legend tells us he was born at the end of the third century and brought up by an uncle in Rome after the death of his parents.  Both he and his uncle became Christians.  He died a martyr, beheaded, for his Christian faith at the young age of fourteen. For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Francis di Girolamo

Born the eldest of eleven children in Naples, Italy Francis longed for the vocation of the Priesthood. He dreamed of missions in India like his patron, Francis Xavier, but he accepted God's will to serve the Italian people as the "Apostle of Naples." For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!