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Stories and Legends


catholic The Legend of St. Thomas or ‘Pai Sumé’
Evidence that St. Thomas the Apostle evangelized in South America


catholic The Statue Thanks a Merciful Knight
A charming legend from the Cantigas de Santa Maria


catholic The Victory of Pascal Vives
A reward for fervently hearing Masses


catholic 'Blessed Are They Who Do Not See and Believe'
The vision of Hugh of Saint Victor & the faith of St. Louis


catholic An Indian Boy Learns His Prayers
A favor from Heaven at Fr. DeSmet's St. Mary Mission in Montana


catholic Considered Beyond Hope, An Old Woman Is Saved
Through a smidgen of true devotion to Our Lady


catholic A Vile Lord Repents
Thanks to his devotion to the dolors of Mary


catholic The Knight of the Costrel
Our Lady helps a proud knight fulfil his quest


catholic Cluny & the Birth of All Souls’ Day
Abbot St. Odilo hears a plea for prayers for the deceased


catholic The Sword of St. Galgano
How a wayward Italian knight found the path to God & sanctity


catholic How a Spanish Peasant Earned a Coat of Arms
Alfonso VIII rewards him for his help in the Battle of Navas de Tolosa


catholicSt. Patrick & the Robber Chief
The impressive contrition of two converts of the Saint of Ireland


catholicThe First Creche Made by St. Francis
St. Bonaventure reports how his Master started this tradition


catholicMarseilles’ Unique Tribute to Notre Dame de la Garde
Model ships & marine paintings fill the exquisite Basilica


catholicSt. Bernard Converts the Duke of Aquitaine
The power of the Holy Eucharist subdues the impious William


catholicThe Angels & the Apostles Peter & Paul
Angelic assistance in times of dire need


catholicThe Holy Miracle of Santarem
A 13th century miracle attests to the Real Presence in the Eucharist


catholic The Cock and the Wolf
A cock who repents of his pride and is saved


catholic The Providential Three Windows
The discovery of a picture of St. Barbara


catholic Bolivia’s Virgen del Socavón or Virgin of Candlemas
A massive new statue for Oruro, Bolivia


catholicThe Fox & the Young Turkeys
How the fox outsmarts the over-wary birds


catholicHeretics Worked Miracles by the Aid of the Devil
How the Bishop exposed the false preachers


catholicThe History of the S.A.G. Abbreviation
A pious custom to ensure safe mail delivery


catholicOur Lady, Consoler of Suffering Souls
How the devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady saved a soul from Hell


catholic The Conversion of the Duke of Gandia Francis de Borja
The sight of Empress Isabella's corpse changed his life


catholicThe Fox and the Crow
The crafty fox uses flattery to trick the vain crow


catholicSt. Francis Xavier Raises a Man to Life
He works great miracles to convert the people of India


catholicChant Royal on Lent
A French lyrical poem calling for penance & contemplation


catholicSt. Patrick Wins the Right to Judge Ireland
He fasts & prays for 40 days on Ireland's 'holy mountain'


catholicSt. Patrick Converts the King’s Daughters
Ss. Eithna the Red and Fidelm the Fair


catholicIf Your Eye Causes You to Sin...
St. Francis discusses with Sultan Al-Kamil during the Fifth Crusade


catholicWhen a Pilgrim’s Request Is Refused
A woman refuses bread to a pilgrim on route to Santiago de Compostela


catholicThe Flowers of St. Patrick
A mysterious blossoming each year in France at Christmas time


catholicA Forgotten Promise
A deceased friend appears to Blessed Suso to ask for Masses


catholicFive Hundred Francs in a Closet
A woman in Pugatory returns to ask for Masses


catholicSt. Patrick Converts the King of Tara
The challenge where the chief Druid priest was burned by fire


catholicSt. Patrick Challenges the Druid Priests
The Saint's victories on the Hill of Slane


catholicThe Newlyweds, the Witch & the Mule
The eucharistic miracle of Offida


catholicThe First Victory of Bertrand du Guesclin
How he borrowed a horse and won the prize of valor


catholic The King & the Rosary
The good example of King Alphonsus wins Our Lady's intercession


catholic A Mother’s Counsel
Dhuoda exhorts her son William to faithfully serve his Lord


catholic The Moors Could Not Destroy Our Lady’s Image
A sign for King Alfonso X of the Virgin's protection


catholicThe Alb of St. Bon, Bishop of Clermont
Our Lady rewards her servant with a heavenly vestment


catholicOrder in the Medieval Battle
Obedience and discipline were essential in a cavalry charge


catholicThe Lourdes’ Miracle of Gabriel Gargam
Our Lady cures a paralyzed man both spiritually & physically


catholicHow Ambrose Was Chosen Bishop of Milan
The voice of a babe called out 'Ambrose bishop'


catholicTuotilo, the Monk of St. Gall
A heavenly assistant directs his sculpting of a statue in Metz


catholicThe Devil and the Painter Monk
Our Lady helps a monk who paints the ugliest Devil possible


catholicNuestra Señora de las Nieves, Patroness of Tobacco Growers
A devotion springs up organically from the people of Cuba


catholicThe Wakefield Shepherd's Play
A light comedy introduces devotion to Our Lady


catholicOur Lady of Mantua in Prague
A bullet fired at Our Lady returns to hit the shooter


catholicDom Nuno, the Mirror of Portuguese Chivalry
The great piety & justice of the founder of the House of Bragança


catholicOur Lady Rewards those Devoted to Her Sorrows
Some examples of her unlimited gratitude


catholicThe Nine Worthies
The model ideals of chivalry - Old Testament, Antiquity & Middle Ages


catholicThe Road to Hell - I
St. John Bosco explains how human respect leads to all vices


catholicThe Road to Hell - II
How to avoid Hell: Obedience & frequenting the Sacraments


catholicThe Road to Hell - III
Entering the dwelling of the reprobrates


catholicThe Road to Hell - IV
How immodesty & theft lead to Hell


catholicThe Road to Hell - V
Touching the outer wall of Hell


catholicOn the Eve of Corpus Christi, the Miracle at Metz
A young woman is cured at the 40 Hours devotion


catholicIn Milwaukee a Protestant Converted by the Eucharist
After he promises to say a Hail Mary every Sunday


catholicThe Resurrections Worked by St. Francis of Paola
The great wonder worker raises up his nephew from the dead


catholicThe Power of Our Lady's Picture
St. Alphonsus de Liguori writes about two surprising changes of heart


catholicApparition of the Holy Cross over Jerusalem on Pentecost
St. Cyril reports the prodigy to the Emperor Constantius


catholicThe Superb Memory of St. Thomas Aquinas
A trained memory was his indispensable tool


catholicA Last Vision of St. Patrick
The Apostle of Ireland sees the Church in ruins


catholicThe Brave Boast of Pedro de Menezes
"With this stick, I will defend Ceuta against all the Moors"


catholicThe Seven Sleepers of Ephesus
God works a miracle to confirm the doctrine of the resurrection of the body


catholicBr. Ruffino & the False Apparitions
St. Francis exposes a ruse of the Devil


catholicRain and Earth Make Mud
Bl. Jordan of Saxony on the monk's relations with ladies


catholicGod Accepted Their Via Crucis
How the soul of Prince Charles Lowenstein left Purgatory


catholicThe Alms of the Neapolitan Woman
The Mass she asked for liberated a soul from Purgatory


catholicCharlemagne’s Envoy among the Greeks
The Frank outsmarts the Greeks in their own land and comes home safe


catholicThe Worldly Bishop & Charlemagne
The Emperor orders a merchant to trick the mundane Prelate


catholicCharlemagne’s Love for Wisdom
How he encouraged the learning on his empire


catholicCharlemagne’s Care for Singing
How he made Church chant uniform throughout his empire


catholicExtraordinary Facts about the Carmelite Scapular
Evidence of the great benefits of the brown scapular


catholicThe Arms of Lorraine & Visconti
Family pride in the Crusader origins of their ensigns


catholicThe Blind Monk
The monk who asked to see Our Lady


catholicHard Labor for God
How the medieval people built their cathedrals


catholicThe Legend of the Ermine of Our Lady
How King Arthur entered single combat with a pagan and won Brittany


catholicThe Star of the Sea
St. Bernard teaches: 'Look to the star, call upon Mary'


catholicThe Water of Count Gerald of Aurillac
How God honored this Saint with the gift of miracles


catholic‘There is a Hell, and I Am in It’
Two Russian generals make a serious agreement


catholicCharles VII, King of France by Divine Delegation
St. Joan of Arc asks the King for a gift


catholicAugustine and the Seashell
The lesson he received from a boy playing on the beach


catholicThe Power of One Hail Mary
How two hardened sinners changed their lives


catholicSimon de Montfort’s Good Habit
A difficult battle is won through recourse to Our Lord during Mass


catholicThe Miracle of the Jewish Boy
Our Lady protects a child from his father's wrath


catholicThe Humility of King Canute
To teach us a lesson, he commands the ocean waves to stop


catholicSt. Clare and the Saracens
The invaders flee before St. Clare and the Blessed Sacrament


catholicThe Bread of the Strong
The Blessed Sacrament gives us victory over ourselves and our enemies


catholicServing the King of Kings First
Two episodes on the Mass in England


catholicThe Witness of St. Stanislaus
The Saint raises a man from death to testify before the King


catholicThe Forty Martyrs of Sebaste & the Baptism of Blood
As one of them apostatizes, a Roman sentinel receives the missing crown


catholicThe Three Bottles of Wine
God punishes an innkeeper for profaning the Sacrament of Confession


catholicHow to Correct One’s Peers with Charity
An Abbot receives a fraternal correction for his worldly way of sitting


catholicThe Old Woman, the Butcher & the Captain
The weight of one Mass converts two skeptics


catholicThe Rainbow Crossing Miracle
Our Lady of Pompt Succor works a miracle for Archbishop Janssens


catholicThe Scapular that Saved Two Lives
Our Lady protects a German soldier in a time of danger


catholicThe Baker’s Dog of Lisbon
God gives us a lesson on our duty to the Blessed Sacrament


catholicThe Conversion of the Moor of Pamplona
A documented bi-location of Ven. Mary of Agreda in Spain


catholicHow a Mule ‘Adored’ the Blessed Sacrament
St. Anthony of Padua accepts a challenge of heretic Bovillus


catholicThe Immaculate Conception in the Age of Discovery
Spain's glory: The devotion of the Catholic Monarchs and Columbus


catholicThe Omelet of Mère Poulard
A marvelous dish we still find today at Mont Saint Michel


catholicThe King and the Blessed Sacrament
Charles II of Spain shows his great respect for the Sacred Host


catholicHow to Dress in the Presence of the Blessed Sacrament
An impious act of affront to Our Lord is duly punished


catholicHow St. Gregory the Great Was Elected Pope
He fled the honor but the people returned him to Rome


catholicThus Were the Bishops of Better Times...
How St. Dunstan treated an erring King and adulterous Count


catholicThe Final Words of the Salve Regina
An invitation for us to come to Our Lady with all our needs


catholicThe Siege of the Alcazar of Toledo
Colonel Moscardó refuses to surrender - even at the cost of his son's life


catholicFruits of Medieval Devotion to Our Lady
Tenderness to the Virgin refined the early medieval man


catholicCourage and Obedience
Even the enemies of the Crusaders admired their dedication


catholicFrom Paradise St. Dominic Savio Teaches Us
He appears to Don Bosco in a dream to promote devotion to Our Lady


catholicThe Eucharistic Miracle of Avignon
The Blessed Sacrament is miraculously preserved in the flood of 1433


catholicQueen Blanche of Castile and the Rosary
Through a miracle she gave birth to St. Louis IX


catholicThe Legend of the Dogwood
The dogwoods blossom reminding man of Our Lord's crucifixion


catholicThe Medievals Were Barbarians …
In fact, modern man marvels at their gothic architecture


catholicThe Divided Horsecloth
The improvident merchant who gave all his property to his son


catholicThe Knights of St. James of the Sword
The four vows of the Order of Santiago


catholicThe Paternity of St. Gregory VII
His letter to a humble Milan priest maimed by simoniacs


catholicThe Curé d'Ars and the Protestant
An example of the Saint's charitable intolerance


catholicSultan Saladin Describes the Crusaders
In a letter to Arabian princes, Saladin praises the zeal of Catholics


catholicThe Prayers of a Knight
How the medieval knight took his religious obligations seriously


catholicSt. Francis on Custody of the Eyes
The story of the King and his two messengers


catholicSt. Louis, Warrior and Saint
Militancy harmonized with goodness in the greatest King of France


catholicThe Harmonious Relations between Nobles and Monks
The solicitude of the Duke of Aquitaine for the monks


catholicWhen Even Wolves Kept Their Word…
St. Francis and the wolf of Gubbio


catholicThe Moral Education of the Future Knight
The good counsel of noble parents to their son


catholicA Renewed Interest in the Mary Gardens
Flowers that remind us of Our Lady's qualities and virtues


catholicRanulf of Chester
A charming case of Heaven's intervention in medieval life


catholicNaivety or a Higher Understanding of Things?
The symbolism medievals found in all of nature, especially flowers


catholicThe Rooster of Barcelos
The story and miracle behind this regional symbol of Portugal


catholicThe Investiture of the Knight
A night of prayer, a day of festivities and proof of prowess


catholicChantecler and the Fox
The cock outwits the fox in his proclamation of universal brotherhood


catholicHonor, a Counter-Revolutionary Virtue
How honor was admired and understood in Medieval France


catholic Hernan Perez del Pulgar, 'The One of the Valiant Deeds'
The panache of the Catholic knight during the seige of Granada against the Moors


catholicThe Story of Two Students
The clemency and compassion of Our Lady for those who have devotion to her


catholicThe Tumbler of Our Lady
She accepts any sincere homage even the most simple


catholicThe Story of Lady Anne Grimston
How a great tree came to grow from the grave of this unbelieving lady


catholicOne Un-Confessed Mortal Sin
A story form The Catechist


catholicThe Moral Profile of an Inquisitor
From the Manual of Dominican Bernard Gui


catholicTheophilus: The Man Who Sold His Soul to the Devil
How Our Lady rescued him from his pact


catholicThe Medieval Fish
St. Anthony preaches on the banks at Rimini


catholic'Thief! Thief!'
The Bourgeois of Amiens returns a purse


catholicThe Roses and the Rosary
Hail-Mary's seen as roses


catholicThe Twelve Days of Christmas Carol
Catholic wisdom sprinkled in a song


catholicExempla: Stories that Teach Catechism
The runaway nun is stopped - A mother's useless tears


catholicThe Monkey Under the Bed
The Three Hail-Marys save a man



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