Better than Santa Claus

Better than Santa Claus

Meet St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker.

comment | Posted Dec 18, 2014

A friend was struggling. You could see it in his eyes and in his growing estrangement from his family and from church. I prayed for him, sensing he was headed for deep trouble. And since the need was so great and the crisis so near, I entrusted my friend to the care of St. Nicholas of Myra. Continue »


Be Bold

Be Bold

You will be persecuted, Jesus warns, but “it will lead to your giving testimony” (Luke 21:13).

comment | Posted Nov 25, 2014

There is absolutely no reason to be fearful and no need to rehearse what you might say. Jesus promises: “I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute” (21:15). Continue »


The Undercover Priest

The Undercover Priest

Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro

comment | Posted Nov 23, 2014

In February 1927, with one stroke of the pen, Mexican President General Plutarco Elias Calles turned every priest in his country into an outlaw. He ordered them to leave their posts, wherever they were, and to report immediately to Mexico City. Continue »


Becoming Generous Givers

Becoming Generous Givers

St. Martin of Tours shows us how

comment | Posted Nov 20, 2014

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 »


St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Three streams, one love

comment | Posted Oct 16, 2014

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 »


Hold Fast to the Truth!

Hold Fast to the Truth!

What Newman Can Teach Us Today

comment | Posted Sep 17, 2014

“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 »


Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

Behold, your mother. (John 19:27)

comment | Posted Sep 15, 2014

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 »


The Birth of the Virgin Mary

The Birth of the Virgin Mary

We follow her example.

comment | Posted Sep 08, 2014

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 »


Apostle to the Gentiles

Apostle to the Gentiles

A look at the life of St. Paul

comment | Posted Sep 03, 2014

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 »


John the Baptist, Herald for the Messiah

John the Baptist, Herald for the Messiah

Witness of the Lord

comment | Posted Aug 29, 2014

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 »


Receive What You Are!

St. Augustine on the Eucharist

comment | Posted Aug 27, 2014

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 »


Do You Hear Him Calling?

Do You Hear Him Calling?

The Lord who called Matthew is calling you, too.

comment | Posted Aug 22, 2014

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 »


Praying with Mary

Praying with Mary

On this Feast of the Assumption, let her song of praise teach you how to pray.

comment | Posted Aug 15, 2014

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 »


Joachim and Anne: How Blessed a Couple!

Joachim and Anne: How Blessed a Couple!

From a Sermon by St. John Damascene

comment | Posted Jul 25, 2014

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 »


The Saint of the First Red Cross

The Saint of the First Red Cross

St. Camillus of Lellis

comment | Posted Jul 18, 2014

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 »


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