St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622) was a theologian, mystic, missionary, and spiritual director. He was also a prolific writer and the founder of a religious order. After a privileged upbringing and education in law and theology, he had rejected a lucrative personal and professional life in order to serve God as a priest. Wh[...]
What can we learn from Saint John, beloved disciple of Jesus? If we imagine snapshots being taken at certain moments in Christ's life, we could say without a doubt that in those pictures we would see Christ's friend and disciple, John, standing close by.
There are many popular traditions associated with St. Andrew's feast day, especially in those countries that have him as their patron saint. But the most popular St. Andrew's feast day tradition is for everyone. This tradition is a Christmas novena that begins on St. Andrew's feast day.
St. Gertrude is one of the most remarkable mystics of the Catholic Church. Her life, her writings, and her experiences of the Heart of Christ through prayer have had a significant impact on Catholic thought and spirituality. Through the prayers and writings of this holy saint, the Church came to know the incredible depths of God[...]
St. Jude traveled, preached, instructed, and encouraged the persecuted in the first century Christians. Until he was martyred in Persia, around 65 A.D., he exhorted believers to stand strong in their faith. Many began praying at his tomb and experiencing the gift of his intercession and healing. This further confirmed his presen[...]
The recognition of St. John Henry Newman's sanctity is an important event: one that is cause for celebration among all Catholics—particularly the Catholic Church of England and Wales—and the Anglican Church, as well. The story of St. John Henry Newman is a reminder that God draws His children to Himself in His own way, and in Hi[...]
The saying “Go big or go home” sounds so much more impressive than “Go little. Trust God.” We are not told to “grow down” but to “grow up.” Those who are small go unnoticed and merit no rewards. Or do they? In St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun who lived in the late 1800s, we have a saintly companion whose “Little Way” is a[...]
The most extraordinary and staggering conflict that ever took place happened not between men, but in the heavens, before the dawn of man on earth. Sacred Scripture gives us this history in Revelation 12:7-9: “Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought[...]
St. Raphael is one of the seven Archangels who stands before the throne of God. He is also one of only three angels whose names have been revealed through Sacred Scripture. His name in various translations means “God heals,” “Divine Healer,” or “Medicine of God,” for he has received his healin[...]
Catholics are eagerly awaiting the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, whose profound, practical, and even electrifying teaching has pierced hearts around the world. This past July, the Catholic Church approved the miracle that makes possible this next step in the canonization process. No date has been set at this time[...]