St. Paul the Hermit (227-341 AD)

St. Paul, which was the first hermit as S. Jerome writeth, was in the time of Decius and Valerianus, emperors, the year of the incarnation of our Lord two hundred and fifty-six. This holy man, S. Paul, saw men for Christian faith cruelly tormented, wherefore he fled into the desert. … Read more

St. Hilary of Poitiers

St. Hilary of Poitiers was a 4th century Christian bishop and theologian. He was born in Poitiers, France and is considered one of the most important figures of the Western Church in the 4th century. He was a key figure in the development of Western Christianity and his writings and … Read more

Lacordaire, Life of St. Dominic. Chapter 02

Parentage of St. Dominic In a valley of Old Castile, watered by the Douro, and about equidistant from Aranda and Osma, stands a simple village, called in the language of the country Calarnega, and Caleroga in the softer language of many historians. There was St. Dominic born, in the year … Read more

Lacordaire, Life of St. Dominic. Chapter 1

Situation of the Church at the end of the 12th Century. The twelfth century of the Christian era dawned amid splendid auspices. The faith and the current ideas of the ages were in perfect harmony with each other; together they guided the West; out of a variety of races, at … Read more

Memorial of St. Albert the Great (November 15)

The precise date of Albert’s birth is not known. It is generally conceded that he was born into a knightly family sometime around the year 1200 in Germany. He was apparently in Italy in the year 1222 where he was present when a rather terrible earthquake struck in Lombardy. A … Read more

Pope St. Leo the Great (Nov. 10)

Leo was born at Rome. He embraced the sacred ministry, was made archdeacon of the Roman Church by St. Celestine, and under him and Sixtus III had a large share in governing the Church. On the death of Sixtus, Leo was chosen Pope, and consecrated on St. Michael’s day, 440, … Read more

The Life of St. Teresa

St. Teresa of Avila

In honor of the memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, enjoy her audiobook provided by Librivox.org. CHAPTER Preface & Chapter I Chapter II Chapter III Chapter IV Chapter V Chapter VI Chapter VII Chapter VIII Chapter IX Chapter X Chapter XI Chapter XII Chapter XIII Chapter XIV Chapter XV Chapter … Read more

St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

St. Francis, the son of a merchant of Assisi, was born in that city in 1182. Chosen by God to be a living manifestation to the world of Christ’s poor and suffering life on earth, he was early inspired with a high esteem and burning love of poverty and humiliation. … Read more