Bonaventure (1218-1274). Born at Bagnoregio, Tuscany, he studied philosophy and theology at Paris where he gained a Master’s degree and then taught students of the Franciscan Order which he had joined. He became its Minister General and ruled with great prudence and wisdom before becoming Cardinal Bishop of Albano. Finally died at Lyons.
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Mary Magdalen. The great sinner turned saint. One of Christ’s disciples she washed His feet with her tears, and anointed his head with precious ointment, to which Judas Iscariot took exception at such a waste. She was the first to whom the risen Christ appeared (Mark, 16, 9). Picture: Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene after his […]
Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373). Born in Sweden, she gave birth to 8 children. Also a member of the (lay) Third Order of St. Francis, after her husband’s death, she decided to live a more ascetical life. She later founder the Bridgettine Order and went to Rome where she became outstanding in her practice of virtue. […]
James. Known as James the Greater, he was born at Bethsaida, the son of Zebedee and the brother of the apostle, John. He left his fisherman’s trade to follow the Master, and was killed by King Herod about 42 A.D. He is especially venerated in Compostella, where there is a basilica dedicated in his honour, […]