Author Archives: John Yochum

Saint Colette

Image: Statue Saint of the Day for February 7 (January 13, 1381 – March 6, 1447) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Colette’s Story Colette did not seek the limelight, but in doing God’s will she certainly attracted a lot of attention. Colette was born in Corbie, France. At 21, she began to follow the Third Order Rule and became an anchoress, ... Read More »

Saint Paul Miki and Companions

Saint of the Day for February 6 (d. 1597) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Paul Miki and Companions’ Story Nagasaki, Japan, is familiar to Americans as the city on which the second atomic bomb was dropped, immediately killing over 37,000 people. Three and a half centuries before, 26 martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy ... Read More »

Saint Agatha

Saint of the Day for February 5 (c. 230 – 251) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Agatha’s Story As in the case of Agnes, another virgin-martyr of the early Church, almost nothing is historically certain about this saint except that she was martyred in Sicily during the persecution of Emperor Decius in 251. Legend has it that Agatha, like Agnes, ... Read More »

Saint Joseph of Leonissa

Saint of the Day for February 4 (January 8, 1556  – February 4, 1612) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Joseph of Leonissa’s Story Joseph was born at Leonissa in the Kingdom of Naples. As a boy and as a student in early adulthood, Joseph drew attention for his energy and virtue. Offered a nobleman’s daughter in marriage, Joseph refused and ... Read More »

Saint Blaise

I Saint of the Day for February 3 (d. c. 316) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Blaise’s Story We know more about the devotion to Saint Blaise by Christians around the world than we know about the saint himself. His feast is observed as a holy day in some Eastern Churches. In 1222, the Council of Oxford prohibited servile labor in ... Read More »

Presentation of the Lord

Saint of the Day for February 2 Post by Franciscan Media The Story of the Presentation of the Lord At the end of the fourth century, a woman named Etheria made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her journal, discovered in 1887, gives an unprecedented glimpse of liturgical life there. Among the celebrations she describes is the Epiphany, the observance of Christ’s ... Read More »

Saint Ansgar

Saint of the Day for February 1 (801 – February 3, 865) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Ansgar’s Story The “apostle of the north” (Scandinavia) had enough frustrations to become a saint—and he did. He became a Benedictine at Corbie, France, where he had been educated. Three years later, when the king of Denmark became a convert, Ansgar went to ... Read More »

Saint John Bosco

Saint of the Day for January 31 (August 16, 1815 – January 31, 1888) Post by Franciscan Media Saint John Bosco’s Story John Bosco’s theory of education could well be used in today’s schools. It was a preventive system, rejecting corporal punishment and placing students in surroundings removed from the likelihood of committing sin. He advocated frequent reception of the ... Read More »

Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska

Ima Saint of the Day for January 30 (May 16, 1825 – October 10, 1899) Post by Franciscan Media Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska’s Story Today we honor a woman who submitted to God’s will throughout her life—a life filled with pain and suffering. Born in 1825 in central Poland and baptized Sophia, she contracted tuberculosis as a young girl. The ... Read More »

Servant of God Brother Juniper

Saint of the Day for January 29 (d. 1258) Post by Franciscan Media Servant of God Brother Juniper’s Story “Would to God, my brothers, I had a whole forest of such Junipers,” said Francis of this holy friar. We don’t know much about Juniper before he joined the friars in 1210. Francis sent him to establish “places” for the friars ... Read More »