Conversion of Saint Paul

Saint of the Day for January 25 Posted from FranciscanMedia.org The Story of the Conversion of Saint PaulSaint Paul’s entire life can be explained in terms of one experience—his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus. In an instant, he saw that all the zeal of his dynamic personality was being wasted, like the strength of a boxer swinging ... Read More »

Saint Francis de Sales

Saint of the Day for January 24 (August 21, 1567 – December 28, 1622) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Francis de Sales’ StoryFrancis was destined by his father to be a lawyer so that the young man could eventually take his elder’s place as a senator from the province of Savoy in France. For this reason Francis was sent to Padua ... Read More »

Saint Sebastian

Saint of the Day for January 20 (c. 256 – January 20, 287) Saint Sebastian’s StoryAlmost nothing is historically certain about Sebastian except that he was a Roman martyr, was venerated in Milan even in the time of Saint Ambrose and was buried on the Appian Way, probably near the present Basilica of St. Sebastian. Devotion to him spread rapidly, ... Read More »

Saint Fabian

Saint of the Day for January 19 (c. 200 – January 20, 250) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Fabian’s StoryFabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing to elect a new pope. Eusebius, a Church historian, says a dove flew in and settled on the head of Fabian. ... Read More »

Saint Charles of Sezze

Saint of the Day for January 18 (October 19, 1613 – January 6, 1670) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Charles of Sezze’s StoryCharles thought that God was calling him to be a missionary in India, but he never got there. God had something better for this 17th-century successor to Brother Juniper.Born in Sezze, southeast of Rome, Charles was inspired by the ... Read More »

Saint Anthony of Egypt

Saint of the Day for January 17 (251 – 356) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Anthony of Egypt’s StoryThe life of Anthony will remind many people of Saint Francis of Assisi. At 20, Anthony was so moved by the Gospel message, “Go, sell what you have, and give to [the] poor” (Mark 10:21b), that he actually did just that with his ... Read More »

Saint Berard and Companions

Saints of the Day for January 16 (d. January 16, 1220) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Berard and Companions’ StoryPreaching the gospel is often dangerous work. Leaving one’s homeland and adjusting to new cultures, governments and languages is difficult enough; but martyrdom caps all the other sacrifices.In 1219, with the blessing of Saint Francis, Berard left Italy with Peter, Adjute, Accurs, ... Read More »

Saint Paul the Hermit

Saint of the Day for January 15 (c. 233 – c. 345) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Paul the Hermit’s StoryIt is unclear what we really know of Paul’s life, how much is fable, how much is fact.Paul was reportedly born in Egypt, where he was orphaned by age 15. He was also a learned and devout young man. During the ... Read More »

Saint Gregory Nazianzen

Saint of the Day for January 14 (c. 325 – c. 390) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Gregory Nazianzen’s StoryAfter his baptism at 30, Gregory gladly accepted his friend Basil’s invitation to join him in a newly founded monastery. The solitude was broken when Gregory’s father, a bishop, needed help in his diocese and estate. It seems that Gregory was ordained ... Read More »

Saint Hilary of Poitiers

Saint of the Day for January 13 (c. 315 – c. 368) Posted from FranciscanMedia.org Saint Hilary of Poitiers’ StoryThis staunch defender of the divinity of Christ was a gentle and courteous man, devoted to writing some of the greatest theology on the Trinity, and was like his Master in being labeled a “disturber of the peace.” In a very ... Read More »