St. Sixtus I

sixtus2This holy pope succeeded St. Alexander about the end of the reign of Trajan, and governed the church ten years, at a time when that dignity was the common step to martyrdom; and in all martyrologies he is honored with the title of martyr. But it seems to be Sixtus II. who is mentioned in the canon of the mass, whose martyrdom was more famous in the church. A portion of the relics of St. Sixtus I., given by pope Clement X. to cardinal de Retz, was by him placed with great solemnity in the abbey of St. Michael in Lorraine. Continue reading

St. Francis of Paola


449px-Pietro_Bianchi_-_St_Francis_of_Paola_in_Ecstasy_-_WGA02150St. Francis was born at Paola in Calabria (1416). At an early age he led such a holy life that many disciples came to follow his way of living in the desert place to which he had retired. He gave them a rule and formed them into the Order of the Minims placing them in humility a degree below the Friars Minor. His prophecy that the Motherhouse of his order would one day stand on the Pincian Hill in Rome was fulfilled in 1493 when Charles VIII built a church there. After a long life, famous for prophecies and miracles which he seemed to work at will, he died at the age of 91 in 1508.

(Source: Fr. Lasance, The New Roman Missal)

St. Hugh

st-hugh-of-lincoln-spainIT was the happiness of this Saint to receive from his cradle the strongest impressions of piety by the example and care of his illustrious and holy parents. He was born at Chateau-neuf, in the territory of Valence in Dauphiné, in 1053. His father, Odilo, who served his country in an honorable post in the army, labored by all the means in his power to make his soldiers faithful servants of their Creator, and by severe punishments to restrain vice. By the advice of his son, St. Hugh, he afterwards became a Carthusian monk, and died at the age of a hundred, having received Extreme Unction and Viaticum from the hands of his son. Continue reading