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 »


Lessons from Saints Peter and Paul

Lessons from Saints Peter and Paul

What can we learn from these great heroes of the church?

comment | Posted Jun 27, 2014

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 »


Over All These, Put On Love

Over All These, Put On Love

Jesus offers a way to heal and strengthen our relationships.

comment | Posted Jun 16, 2014

"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 »


What Unspeakable Joy

What Unspeakable Joy

The Story of St. Seraphim of Sarov

comment | Posted May 07, 2014

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 »


Feast of St. Mark (April 25th)

Feast of St. Mark (April 25th)

An Introduction to Mark’s Gospel

comment | Posted Apr 25, 2014

The Gospel according to Mark is printed in every Christian Bible, but, even so, it has managed to remain (in many ways) like the pearl of great price buried in a field, waiting to be discovered and able to enrich spiritual treasure seekers with unexpected rewards. Continue »


The Death of Jesus

The Death of Jesus

An essay by Alphonsus Liguori

comment | Posted Apr 18, 2014

The amiable Redeemer approaches the end of life. My soul, behold those eyes grow dim; that beautiful countenance becomes pale; that heart palpitates feebly; that sacred body is abandoned to death. Continue »


The Transformation of Katharine Drexel

The Transformation of Katharine Drexel

How an heiress became a prophet

comment | Posted Feb 26, 2014

What is a prophet? A strident voice denouncing injustice? A wild-eyed visionary calling sinners to repentance? These images hardly fit Katharine Drexel, a refined, wealthy woman who disliked being in the public eye and felt strongly attracted to hidden prayer. And yet, like the biblical prophets of old, this self-effacing heiress became a voice in the wilderness and a countercultural witness to the gospel call to justice. Continue »


From Slave to Saint

From Slave to Saint

The Story of St. Josephine Bakhita

comment | Posted Feb 12, 2014

The girl was walking in the fields some ways off from her home, when two strangers appeared and asked her to pick them some fruit. Brought up to show courtesy to adults, the nine-year-old hurried to obey. Not until she was in the forest did she realize it was a trick. Continue »


Two Tables, One Banquet

Two Tables, One Banquet

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Scripture, and the Eucharist

comment | Posted Jan 29, 2014

One day around 1780, an Episcopalian stepmother opened her King James Bible and introduced her stepdaughter to Psalm 23: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. . . ." Though the two were not close and the woman was preoccupied with many cares, the moment was extraordinarily significant. Continue »


St. Stephen, First Martyr

St. Stephen, First Martyr

December 26 — Feast Day

comment | Posted Dec 26, 2013

When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (Matthew 10:19-20) Continue »


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