December 20 – John of Kronstadt; Domingo de Silos

John of Kronstadt (1829–1908) even in childhood prayed so efficaciously that neighbors sought his prayers. His poor parents (I mean they were impoverished) sent him to school at age ten, but he was a poor student (I mean he had a hard time reading, could never remember what his instructors said, and spent all of… Continue reading December 20 – John of Kronstadt; Domingo de Silos

December 19 – Boniface the Merciful; Pope Urban V

Boniface the Merciful (VI cent.) from a very young age had a heart for the poor. And, often, a shirt or a coat as well. His mother, a widow and none too well off, had a time keeping him clothed. This was as nothing to the time she went to the family granary and found… Continue reading December 19 – Boniface the Merciful; Pope Urban V

December 18 – Zoe at Rome; Samthann

Zoe at Rome (d. ca. 286) was a jailer’s (or nobleman’s) wife who was unable to speak for six years (no “chatty wife” jokes please). She saw a vision of an angel holding the Collected Writings of Saint Sebastian, sought him, found him, and fell down at his feet. Before he could help her up,… Continue reading December 18 – Zoe at Rome; Samthann

December 17 – Three Holy Youths; Lazarus

The Three Holy Youths (VI cent. BC(E)) had two names each, making for a total of six. In Hebrew they were Hananiah (“Hannah is near”), Azariah (“has pumpernickel”), and Mishael (“the Russian diminutive of Michael of El”), but in Babylonian (Persian? Farsi? Wethreekingsian?) they were Shadrach (“fish shelf”), Meshach (“I, the Hut” (Jabba’s name for… Continue reading December 17 – Three Holy Youths; Lazarus

December 16 – Theophano the Empress; Adelaide of Burgundy

Theophano the Empress (d. 893 or maybe 897) had ancestors, but her contemporary biographers didn’t know who they were (or if they knew, they were too polite to say). Her story is closely tied up with that of her husband, who was not a saint, as you shall see. Leo the Wise was the son… Continue reading December 16 – Theophano the Empress; Adelaide of Burgundy