Pressing On to Win the Prize

Pressing On to Win the Prize

St. Paul’s life still speaks to us today

comment | Posted Jun 29, 2015

The man whom Bible readers know by both the Semitic name “Saul” and the Greco-Roman name “Paul” was born into a setting that dovetailed two dramatically different cultures: the Judaism of Jerusalem and the Greco-Roman world of Damascus. Continue »


The Birth of St. John the Baptist

The Birth of St. John the Baptist

The Church recalls and celebrates the birth of St. John the Baptist each year on June 24.

comment | Posted Jun 24, 2015

Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. (Luke 1:13) Continue »


The Eucharist, Vast Depths of Love

The Eucharist, Vast Depths of Love

Reflections from the Saints on the God’s Great Gift to Us of the Eucharist

comment | Posted Jun 07, 2015

Those who receive Communion lose themselves in God like a drop of water in the ocean: It’s impossible to separate them anymore. . . . In these vast depths of love, there’s enough to lose yourself for eternity.—St. John Vianney Continue »


A Choice for God: The Life of Henriette Delille

Free, educated, and beautiful, Henriette Delille enjoyed the highest status possible for a black woman in a slave state before the Civil War. Yet, out of love for God, Henriette chose to exchange a life of relative ease and wealth for one of poverty and struggle. Continue »


Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, an Apostle of Hope

The Communist interrogator couldn’t stand it any longer. “Admit it!” he shouted to the priest, “You’re part of a Vatican plot! You’re nothing more than an Imperialist lackey!” But the newly appointed archbishop of Saigon, Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, answered quietly and directly, “No. I will not admit anything of the kind.” Continue »


St. Joseph Gives Us a Glimpse of God the Father’s Heart

St. Joseph Gives Us a Glimpse of God the Father’s Heart

The love of God the Father is embodied in Christ’s earthly Abba, St. Joseph!

comment | Posted May 01, 2015

The first time Christ uttered the word “Abba” on this earth, he was likely looking into the eyes of St. Joseph, which is a point that is worthy of mention. God the Father could have chosen to allow the Blessed Virgin to live and work as a single mother. Continue »


A Flood Tide of Mercy

A Flood Tide of Mercy

The Prophetic Ministry of St. Faustina

comment | Posted Apr 16, 2015

Eighteen-year old Helen Kowalska had things on her mind as she attended a dance in Lodz, Poland. She was doing her best to forget them, dancing gaily with her sister and friends, when her merriment came to a halt. As she later wrote, “I suddenly saw Jesus at my side. Jesus racked with pain, stripped of his clothing, all covered with wounds, who spoke these words to me: ‘How long . . . will you keep putting me off?’” Continue »


Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles

Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles

The first to see the risen Lord, Mary Magdalene is most remembered for her Easter testimony.

comment | Posted Apr 08, 2015

Renaissance and Elizabethan Englanders called Mary Magdalene the “Mawdleyn,” a version of her name that gave rise to the modern word “maudlin,” which describes someone who weeps sentimentally. Continue »


Mary’s Example of Authentic Faith

Mary’s Example of Authentic Faith

Mary’s response to the angel is to express complete openness to God’s will

comment | Posted Mar 25, 2015

Mary’s response to the angel is to express complete openness to God’s will for her life: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Continue »


Lessons Learned from the Mental Sufferings of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

One of the iconic images of the twentieth century is a tiny woman in a white and blue sari walking the slums of India, caring for the sick and dying. Blessed Teresa of Kolcata (August 26, 1910–September 5, 1997), or Mother Teresa of Calcutta as she is more commonly known, was proclaimed a living saint long before her death from heart failure. Continue »


Sharing in the Cross

Sharing in the Cross

What the Mother of the Sons of Zebedee Teaches Us

comment | Posted Feb 27, 2015

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to [Jesus] with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. And he said to her, “What do you want?” Continue »


Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple Has Much to Teach Us

Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple Has Much to Teach Us

Presentation of the Lord

comment | Posted Feb 02, 2015

In one sense, it was a routine duty: Forty days after giving birth to a son, every Jewish woman was required to bring an offering before the priest—a lamb and a pigeon or turtledove if she could afford it—or two turtledoves or pigeons if she was poor. Continue »


Count It All Joy for the Sake of Love

Count It All Joy for the Sake of Love

The Journey of Mother Marianne Cope

comment | Posted Jan 23, 2015

Marianne Cope is the eleventh American citizen to be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church. Her feast day is January 23. Continue »


The Adoration of the Magi

The Adoration of the Magi

Finding Christ indeed leads to living “another way,” the new way of God’s kingdom.

comment | Posted Jan 06, 2015

Magi were learned sages from the East. The word magoi, meaning “wise men,” was the Greek form of the Old Persian magav. Perhaps Persian astrologers of a priestly caste, Matthew’s wise men are the first to seek an encounter with Jesus. Continue »


The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

On the Annunciation

comment | Posted Dec 21, 2014

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us. Continue »


1 of 18