April 8 Saints of the Day – Niphon of Novgorod and Julie Billiart

On this date in 1974, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record. Allegations arose but were later dismissed concerning performance-enhancing Oh Henry! bars. Looking east today we see Niphon of Novgorod (d. 1156). Born in Greece but finding no monasteries there, he wandered north and was tonsured in… Continue reading April 8 Saints of the Day – Niphon of Novgorod and Julie Billiart

April 7 Saints of the Day – Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, and Albert of Tournai

On this date in 1933, prohibition was lifted for beer with 3.2% or lower alcohol content. It would be another eight months before prohibition was ended for all spirits. But at least the spirits of drinkers of cheap beer were lifted. Today our eastern saint is Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow (1865 – 1925). Born in… Continue reading April 7 Saints of the Day – Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow, and Albert of Tournai

April 6 Saints of the Day – Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Martyrs of Hadiab

On this date in 1947, the first Tony awards were presented. The presenters didn’t really like the recipients, but they put on a good show. Our eastern saint today is Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople (ca. 512 – 582). He was a scholar of science, but turned to the study of divine revelation, joining a monastery… Continue reading April 6 Saints of the Day – Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Martyrs of Hadiab

April 5 Saints of the Day – Mark of Trache and Vincent Ferrer

On this date in 1923, the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began production of balloon tires. They were popular for a while, but eventually they fell flat. Our eastern saint today is Mark of Trache (Mark the Anchorite of Athens) (d. ca. 400). Mark was a philosopher, but when his parents died, desiring to prepare… Continue reading April 5 Saints of the Day – Mark of Trache and Vincent Ferrer

April 4 Saints of the Day – Joseph the Hymnographer and Isidore of Seville

On this date in 1975, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The agreement was hand-written because they couldn’t get the computer to talk to the printer. Today’s eastern saint is Joseph the Hymnographer (ca. 810 – 883/886), who moved to Thessaloniki when his native Sicily… Continue reading April 4 Saints of the Day – Joseph the Hymnographer and Isidore of Seville