My younger son was diagnosed with a mild form of autism 2 years ago. He will be 5 this week. Before I knew what was wrong, when he was 2, he was very difficult to handle. He didn't understand or even listen to the majority of the things I said. I was exhausted. I took him walking everyday to pick up his big brother at school. The only way to exit was though a parking lot and he did not want to stay in his stroller. I went in one direction and he went in another toward a parked car. I turned and saw him touch the license plate; it had my father's initial on it. My father died when my son was born. I said a little prayer and asked my father to keep my little boy safe. We continued walking home along a busy street. Something took my attention from keeping that constant eye on my son. Maybe it was sheer exhaustion. The next second my son was in the street with traffic stopped in both directions. I ran to pick him up. Later I thought about the angel my father had been to us then. Since then he has "shown up" a few times... when I most need it and least expect it.
Some may never see with earthly eyes these heavenly beings or know that they exist. Many are unaware of the numerous ways they have protected and guided us. We would like to share with you the stories of people who take pleasure in expressing how real angels are.
St. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, the son of a former German knight in that city. He studied law at the University of Perugia and practiced as a lawyer in the courts of Naples. King ... continue readingMore Saint of the Day
Teresa of Ávila was born Teresa Ali Fatim Corella Sanchez de Capeda y Ahumada in Ávila, Spain. Less than twenty years before Teresa was born in 1515, Columbus opened up the Western Hemisphere to European colonization. Two years after she was born, Luther started the ... continue readingMore Female Saints
Saint Michael the Archangel isn't a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title "Archangel" means, that he is above all the others in rank. St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we ... continue reading
So often we hear people or even ourselves excuse an action by saying "I was only following orders." But for Nereus and Achilleus this excuse could not stand in the face of the cross. Everything we know from authority about the two first- century martyrs comes from ... continue reading
Although little is known about Simon Stock's early life, legend has it that the name Stock, meaning "tree trunk," derives from the fact that, beginning at age twelve, he lived as a hermit in a hollow tree trunk of an oak tree. It is also believed that, as a young man, ... continue reading
By Billy Atwell
In the face of the current "witch-hunts" endured by some of our Bishops, let us remember a hero on October 17, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch. St. Ignatius of Antioch is a bishop and martyr of the Church who died in the year 107. He was torn ... continue readingMore Christian Saints & Heroes