How Charlemagne Discovered the Relics of Saint Anne

During the reign of Marcus Aurelius the infidels invaded the Holy Land and destroyed all the monuments, public or private, together with the coffins they found entombed. One coffin, however, escaped this sacrilegious treatment. The infidel iconoclasts could neither break it open nor harm it; and in their rage they cast it into the sea. … Read more

Saint Bernard’s Spirit of Chivalry

Saint Bernard’s Spirit of Chivalry

Saint Bernard was a Cistercian monk. He founded a religious Order that was a branch of the Order of Saint Benedict, destined to practice greater austerity and have a tougher life than required by the toughest rules of the monks of his time. He believed—how rightly!—that through suffering, man atones for his own sins and … Read more

Saint Louis IX, Crusader King of France


It was his Christian faith that made Louis IX so great a prince. “You that are the judges of the earth, think of the Lord in goodness, and seek Him in simplicity of heart.”1 Eternal Wisdom, in giving this precept to kings, rejoiced with divine foreknowledge among the lilies of France, where this great saint … Read more

The Real Sword of Saint Michael (PHOTOS)

Quis ut Deus? Who is like unto God? This was the battle cry issued by Saint Michael the Archangel at the beginning of the first war in history, a war which will be fought until the end of time. That is, the struggle between the children of God and the children of the Lucifer, that … Read more

Why the Crusader’s Sword Is the Best Weapon

The sword of the Crusader was more than a practical tool of war. It was a sacred object of devoted service to Holy Mother Church: No matter in what sequence the Church bestowed these virtues upon the warrior, she gave him a definite aim and object — a precise law. The law was the Decalogue, … Read more

Crusader Beheads Camel with Sword Stroke


The punishment fell once more on Heavy Lout. Tired of paying the price on behalf of a stronger or more skillful ally, but who, after having compromised him, never bothered to send him any help, Heavy Lout realized that there was nothing left to do but to submit with good cheer, to the law of … Read more

How Saint Michael Inspires Perfect Knighthood


The Catholic calendar reads for the feast of Saint Michael: Saint Michael, Prince of the Heavenly Host fought the rebel angels in the heavenly battle. He continues to lead the battle to free us from the devil. Our guardian angels depend on him. He is the custodian angel of the Church and the one who … Read more

The Saint Who Beat the Devil


We will now read an excerpt on Saint Leutfridus, taken from the book: Physiognomy of the Saints, by Ernesto Hello. Extraordinarily holy, but little known, Saint Leutfridus is an example for our mediocre days. He was born of a good family in seventh century Neustria (present-day France). He left his family to become a Benedictine … Read more

The Life of Baldwin the Leper King


Modern society obsessively avoids suffering, risk and danger. It secures everything with seatbelts and safety rails, air conditions the summer heat, prints warnings on coffee cups and advises that that safety glasses should be used while working with hammers. Certainly such precautions have prevented misfortune. However, since heroism and excellence are born from confronting rather … Read more