St. Vincent Ferrer

st_vincent_FerrerThis great Dominican of the Fourteenth Century (died 1419), calling himself “the Angel of the Judgment” when two or more aspirants claimed the papal throne, brought back to repentance by his powerful preaching and miracles, a great multitude of the faithful. At first he favored the anti-pope, Benedict XIII, to whom his was confessor, but later realizing the claim of the ambitious Spaniard to be indefensible, he left him and foretold that the skull of the anti-pope would be tossed about the street by children as a plaything. Continue reading

St. Isidore

515isidore10ISIDORE was born of a ducal family, at Carthagena in Spain. His two brothers, Leander, Archbishop of Seville, Fulgentius, Bishop of Ecija, and his sister Florentina, are Saints. As a boy he despaired at his ill success in study, and ran away from school. Resting in his flight at a roadside spring, he observed a stone, which was hollowed out by the dripping water. This decided him to return, and by hard application he succeeded where he had failed. He went back to his master, and with the help of God became, even as a youth, one of the most learned men of the time. He assisted in converting Prince Recared, the leader of the Arian party; and with his aid, though at the constant peril of his own life, he expelled that heresy from Spain. Continue reading

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