Christian Saints & Heroes
By • The Catholic Herald (UK) • 7/19/2011
He consecrated the world, entrusting it to Mary's hands, offering the Blessed Virgin a golden rose. In his homily, Benedict XVI likened Bartolo Longo to St Paul of Tarsus, who also initially persecuted the Church, described Bartolo as being "militantly anticlerical and engaging in spiritualist and ...
By • Catholicism.org • 6/30/2011
The saintly co-founder of Maryknoll, Father Thomas Fredrick Price, was an apostolic priest, faithful to Catholic orthodoxy, totally consecrated to the Immaculate Virgin, and zealous for the conversion of America and the pagan Orient to the true Church. RICHMOND, NH (Catholicism.org) - In the minds ...
By • Catholic Online • 6/29/2011
These two great pillars of Christianity were both martyred for the faith. Their Feast is celebrated together. Priests and deacons throughout the entire world wear Red at the Liturgy, symbolizing that the blood of the Martyrs, as the Second Century Church Father Tertullian so clearly proclaimed, "is ...
By • Catholicism.org • 6/15/2011
Ven. Father d'Alzon, besides being an edifying model of charity, was also a sterling exemplar of a virtue very much needed today: fortitude. The man exuded Christian manliness. RICHMOND, NH (Catholicism.org) - Venerable Emmanuel d'Alzon first caught my attention when I came upon the following ...
By • Catholic Online • 6/1/2011
We live in an age much like the one into which Justin, Martyr was sent by the Lord who called him into the mission of the Church. Like Justin, we are called to go into the center of our modern Rome and set up the "schools" from which we will engage this age with the fullness of the truth. What ...
By • Catholic Online • 5/11/2011
Worship of Jesus Christ as 'God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father' is therefore a unity with prayerful devotion to his mother. With her and through her we affirm and bow before the one who is God made man. Those who deny Marian ...
By • Catholic Online • 5/1/2011
While praying at Peter's tomb, she experienced the great weight of the Church fall on her shoulders, and she offered herself and her suffering as a "victim" for the renewal of the Church. On April 29 of that year, around midday, God called her to Himself. Days before her death, she wrote, "If I ...
By • JohnPaulMoments.com • 4/27/2011
Death had appeared all but certain to bystanders when three bullets fired by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca tore through the pope's flesh on May 13, 1981. By John Paul II's assessment, "It was a mother's hand that guided the bullet's path." ROME, Italy (John Paul Moments) - On December 27, ...
By • JohnPaulMoments.com • 4/19/2011
John Paul II looked on the noisiness of our era as an invitation to carve out moments of quiet. He set aside a chunk of his schedule dedicated to spending quality time with Jesus, in the stillness of silence. ROME, Italy (John Paul Moments) - Modern life is noisy. All too easily, gizmos and gadgets ...
By • Catholicism.org • 4/13/2011
On June 6, 2005, Rev. Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin was declared a "Servant of God" by the Catholic Church. His cause is promoted by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the web site, http://www.demetriusgallitzin.org/. This priest known as the "Apostle of the Alleghenies," and the founder of the ...
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Frances was born in the city of Rome in 1384 to a wealthy, noble family. From her mother she inherited a quiet manner and a pious devotion to God. From her father, however, she inherited a strong will. She decided at eleven that she knew what God wanted for her -- she was going to be a nun. And that's where her will ran right up against her father's. He told ... continue reading
St. Joseph was born at Cupertino, in the diocese of Nardo in the Kingdom of Naples, in 1603. After spending his childhood and adolescence in simplicity and innocence, he finally joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual. After his ordination to the holy priesthood, he gave himself up entirely to a life of humiliation, mortification, and obedience. He was ... continue reading
"Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother. Apparently Jesus was a frequent guest at Martha's home in Bethany, a small village two miles from Jerusalem. We read of three visits in Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-53, and John ... continue reading
The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptizer. Finally, he ... continue reading
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St. Thomas Aquinas knew that all truth finds its source - and its fulfillment - in the One who is Truth Incarnate, Jesus the Christ. In ... continue reading
Vincent was a man like us who encountered the same Risen Lord Jesus whom we have encountered. He struggled with the choices which always ... continue reading
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