May 31, St. Petronilla

St. Petronilla, Mary 31

Among the disciples of the apostles in the primitive age of saints St. Petronilla shone as a bright star in the Church. She lived when Christians were more solicitous to live well than to write much: they knew how to die for Christ, but did not compile long books in which vanity has often a … Continue

St. Monica (May 4)

St. Monica

Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, was born in 332. A, a girlhood of singular innocence and piety, she was given in marriage to Patritius, a pagan. She at once devoted herself to his conversion, praying for him always, and winning his reverence and love by the holiness of her life and her affectionate forbearance. … Continue

February 7. St. Romuald, Abbot

In 976, Sergius, a nobleman of Ravenna, quarrelled with a relative about an estate, and slew him in a duel. His son Romuald, horrified at his father’s crime, entered the Benedictine monastery at Classe, to do a forty days’ penance for him. This penance ended in his own vocation to religion. After three years at … Continue

February 5. St. Agatha

St. Agatha was born in Sicily, of rich and noble parents— a child of benediction from the first, for she was promised to her parents before her birth, and consecrated from her earliest infancy to God. In the midst of dangers and temptations she served Christ in purity of body and soul, and she died … Continue

February 4. St. Jane, of Valois

Born of the blood royal of France, herself a queen, Jane of Valois led a life remarkable for its humiliations even in the annals of the Saints. Her father, Louis XL, who had hoped for a son to succeed him, banished Jane from his palace, and, it is said, even attempted her life. At the … Continue