John Vianney was five years old when the reign of terror in Paris was exiling or murdering the Catholic clergy and religious.
Charles was from Uganda and was abused as a page as a young man under the rule of King Mwanga of Baganda in Uganda.
Benjamin was a martyr of Persia (modern Iran), a deacon during the persecution of Christians in the fifth century.
Prayer, fasting and almsgiving afford us the opportunity to move beyond ourselves.
When he died at the age of 91, it was estimated that close to a million people came to the Oratory to pay their last respects.
When she refused to marry the emperor, he became enraged and condemned her to be tortured. He designed a spiked wheel that was supposed to tear her to pieces. But the machine miraculously broke apart and killed many onlookers.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta is the saint who, in our modern times, put a face on the virtue of love.
Even St. Augustine struggled with the mystery of the Trinity.