Author Archives: John Yochum

First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

Saint of the Day for June 30 (d. 64) Post by Franciscan Media First Martyrs of the Church of Rome’s Story There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, though they were not the converts of the “Apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:20). Paul had not yet visited them at the time he ... Read More »

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Saint of the Day for June 29 Post by Franciscan Media Saints Peter and Paul’s Story Peter (d. 64?) Saint Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, misunderstanding, and the opposition of many to Jesus. Now Peter makes his great confession of faith: “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29b). It was one of the ... Read More »

Saint Irenaeus

Saint of the Day for June 28 (c. 130 – c. 202) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Irenaeus’ Story The Church is fortunate that Irenaeus was involved in many of its controversies in the second century. He was a student, well trained no doubt, with great patience in investigating, tremendously protective of apostolic teaching, but prompted more by a desire to win over ... Read More »

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Saint of the Day for June 27 (378 – June 27, 444) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Cyril of Alexandria’s Story Saints are not born with halos around their heads. Cyril, recognized as a great teacher of the Church, began his career as archbishop of Alexandria, Egypt, with impulsive, often violent, actions. He pillaged and closed the churches of the Novatian heretics—who required ... Read More »

Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer

Saint of the Day for June 26 (January 9, 1902 – June 26, 1975)Post by Franciscan Media, Fr. Don Miller, OFM Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer’s Story An estimated 300,000 people filled St. Peter’s Square on October 6, 2002, for the canonization of Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, the founder of Opus Dei. His canonization came only 27 years after his death, ... Read More »

Blessed Jutta of Thuringia

Saint of the Day for June 25 (d. c. 1260) Post by Franciscan Media Blessed Jutta of Thuringia’s Story Today’s patroness of Prussia began her life amidst luxury and power but died the death of a simple servant of the poor. In truth, virtue and piety were always of prime importance to Jutta and her husband, both of noble rank. The ... Read More »

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Saint of the Day for June 24 Post by Franciscan Media Saint John the Baptist’s Story Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John….” But John would have agreed completely with what Jesus added: “[Y]et the least in the kingdom of God is ... Read More »

Saint John Fisher

Saint of the Day for June 23 (1469 – June 22, 1535) Post by Franciscan Media Saint John Fisher’s Story John Fisher is usually associated with Erasmus, Thomas More, and other Renaissance humanists. His life therefore, did not have the external simplicity found in the lives of some saints. Rather, he was a man of learning, associated with the intellectuals and political leaders ... Read More »

Saint Thomas More

Saint of the Day for June 22 (February 7, 1478 – July 6, 1535) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Thomas More’s Story His belief that no lay ruler has jurisdiction over the Church of Christ cost Thomas More his life. Beheaded on Tower Hill, London, on July 6, 1535, More steadfastly refused to approve King Henry VIII’s divorce and remarriage and establishment ... Read More »

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Saint of the Day for June 21 (March 9, 1568 – June 21, 1591) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Aloysius Gonzaga’s Story The Lord can make saints anywhere, even amid the brutality and license of Renaissance life. Florence was the “mother of piety” for Aloysius Gonzaga despite his exposure to a “society of fraud, dagger, poison, and lust.” As a son ... Read More »