Two Hearts That Faced Death Without Fear

Today’s Word:

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

On This Date…

On April 29, 1380, Saint Catherine of Siena died in Rome at age 33. Born in 1347 with a twin sister, she had 23 older siblings. Catherine inherited piety and concern for others from her father, and from her mother, drive and determination.

Catherine was canonized in 1461. In 1970, she was the first lay person to be made a Doctor of the Church.


Ruins of Abbaye de Beauport
Brittany, France

On April 29, 2012, Norbertine Father Peter Adrian Toulorge, O.Praem., was beatified in France. Born in Normandy, France in 1757, he was ordained a priest in 1782. He joined the Norbertine Order in 1787.

During the French Revolution, Father Peter’s abbey was suppressed in 1790. He was arrested for being a priest and guillotined on October 13, 1793 at age 36.

Just before his execution, Father Peter exclaimed, “My God, I place my life in your hands! Forgive my enemies.”

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” Both Saint Catherine and Blessed Peter took Jesus’ words to heart.

– Father McLaughlin