While on the one hand St. Alphonsus never left unanswered any attack made at the time against revealed truth, his ascetic and mystical works brought back piety to its traditional sources, the frequentation of the sacraments, and the love of our Lord and His Blessed Mother.
St. Pantaleon was tortured on the rack and red-hot plates were applied to his body. He bore the violence of these tortures calmly and bravely and, being finally beheaded, obtained the crown of martyrdom.
St. Anne furnished the body of her who was to give flesh to the Son of God; she nourished her with milk; she gave to her, who was inundated with floods of divine light, the first practical notions of life.
Let us today hail the bright star which once made Compostella so resplendent with its rays that the obscure town became, like Jerusalem and Rome, a center of attraction to the piety of the whole world.