St. Martin of Tours shows us how
Here’s a paradox that is central to Christianity: We lose what we keep, and we gain what we give away! “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it,” Jesus told his disciples (Luke 17:33). Continue »
Three streams, one love
Sometimes, the voice of a saint echoes clearly to us down through the centuries. As a young adult, I found myself struggling, in the ordinary way of young people, with feeling alienated from God. Continue »
What Newman Can Teach Us Today
“A pure block of purpose.” That’s how a friend of Newman’s summed up his life. From start to finish, Blessed John Henry Newman pursued one singular, overarching quest: the quest for truth. Continue »
Behold, your mother. (John 19:27)
September 15th is the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. It is a longstanding tradition in our church to wear a medal of Our Lady of Sorrows. Many people, in fact, have been wearing this particular sacramental for years, and would never be parted from it. Continue »
We follow her example.
For centuries, God had been promising his people a Savior, one who would “shepherd his flock” and whose greatness would “reach to the ends of the earth” (Micah 5:3). And over the generations, countless Jews waited, trusting that God’s promises would be fulfilled. That’s why the birth of Mary was such a momentous event: It signaled the era of fulfillment. Continue »
A look at the life of St. Paul
Is there anyone among the first Christians more famous than St. Paul? This man of God traveled the world, broke cultural barriers, wrote some of our most enduring literature, and established a network of churches that would forever change the face of Europe and the Middle East. Continue »
Witness of the Lord
In ancient times, when a king traveled from place to place, messengers ran ahead to announce his coming and encourage the people to prepare to receive the royal visitor. Messengers did not take this role upon themselves, but were appointed to it. So too was John an envoy, a herald chosen by God to announce his reign and the imminent coming of his Son. Continue »
St. Augustine on the Eucharist
According to early church tradition, only those who had been baptized were permitted to remain at Mass after the Creed on Sundays. So to help new converts in his diocese, St. Augustine (354-430) preached the sermon below. In it, he tried to help the new believers grasp the mysteries they were about to see and participate in. Continue »
The Lord who called Matthew is calling you, too.
We read that Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, “saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. At once they left their nets and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-20). Continue »
On this Feast of the Assumption, let her song of praise teach you how to pray.
Mary’s Song, called the Magnificat, tells us more than any other gospel story just how Mary approached prayer (Luke 1:46-55). Mary had heard that her long-barren cousin Elizabeth was pregnant, and so she went to visit her. Continue »
From a Sermon by St. John Damascene
Joachim and Anne, how blessed a couple! All creation is indebted to you. For at your hands the Creator was offered a gift excelling all other gifts: a chaste mother, who alone was worthy of him. Continue »
St. Camillus of Lellis
If you’ve ever been tempted to think that you’re not cut out for sanctity, consider the case of Camillus of Lellis. Here is a saint—the patron of hospitals, health care workers, and the sick— whose burning love for God effected a widespread reform of patient care. Continue »
What can we learn from these great heroes of the church?
The feast of Saints Peter and Paul is on June 29. One way to celebrate it is to spend a little time thinking about their stories and what they mean for us. Here are a couple of reflections to consider. Continue »
Jesus offers a way to heal and strengthen our relationships.
"When I think about living above with all the saints I love, Yes, I look forward to that glory. When I think about living down here with some people, Now that’s a completely different story." Continue »
The Story of St. Seraphim of Sarov
In Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Pope John Paul II singles out five saints as exceptional models of prayer. Four are well known to most Catholics. Continue »