Christian Saints & Heroes
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 ...
By • Standing on My Head • 4/13/2011
Each saint is a unique and marvelous image of Christ fulfilled. Therese Martin or Gemma Galgani or Maria Gorretti or Agnes or Lucy or Cecilia--little girls. Thomas Aquinas and Francis of Assissi and Bonaventure and Bruno--scholars and monks and mendicants. Or Francis Xavier and Maximillian ...
By • Vatican Information Service • 4/7/2011
St. Therese is "one of the 'little ones' of the Gospel who allow themselves to be guided by God, in the depth of His mystery. A guide for all, especially for... theologians. With humility and faith, Therese continually entered the heart of the Scriptures which contain the Mystery of Christ VATICAN ...
By • Catholic News Agency • 4/5/2011
Twenty-two martyrs of the Spanish Civil War and a priest beheaded during the French Revolution will be declared "blessed" by the Church in coming months. The Vatican announced April 2 that Pope Benedict XVI had approved 29 beatification decrees and recognized the "heroic virtue" of six candidates ...
By • Zenit News Agency • 3/22/2011
On Saturday, after concluding the retreat, the Holy Father gave an address to Father Léthel and members of the curia.He thanked the preacher, noting, \"With your enthusiasm and your joy, you situated us in the circle of these saints and you showed us that it is precisely the \'little\' saints who ...
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Sabas was born at Mutalaska, Cappadocia, near Caesarea. He was the son of an army officer there who when assigned to Alexandria, left him in the care of an uncle. Mistreated by his uncle's wife, Sabas ran away to another uncle, though he was only eight. When the two uncles became involved in a lawsuit over his estate, he again ran away, this time to a monastery ... continue reading
Born in France in 1567, Francis was a patient man. He knew for thirteen years that he had a vocation to the priesthood before he mentioned it to his family. When his father said that he wanted Francis to be a soldier and sent him to Paris to study, Francis said nothing. Then when he went to Padua to get a doctorate in law, he still kept quiet, but he studied ... continue reading
The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints. St. Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her ... 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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We must not be wise and prudent according to the flesh. Rather we must be simple, humble and pure. We should never desire to be over ... continue reading
O Jesus, my love, at last I have found my calling: my call is love. Certainly I have found my place in the Church, and you gave me that ... continue reading
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