Christian Saints & Heroes
By • Catholic Online • 1/28/2011
"This much is abundantly manifest: by his words and by the example of his life [St. Thomas Aquinas] taught . . . that the greatest obedience, the greatest reverence was owed to the authority of the Catholic Church" -- Pope Pius XII GLADE PARK, CO (Catholic Online) -- St. Thomas Aquinas was born in ...
By • Catholic Online • 1/18/2011
The sentiment of the faithful "Santo Subito" echoed as the Church discerned the cause of his canonization. Now, he will be raised to the Altar on the Feast of Divine Mercy and the faithful will call him "Blessed John Paul II." We will soon affirm what miracles effected ...
Vatican Information Service • 1/13/2011
In her mystical experiences, Catherine never received specific revelations on Purgatory or on the souls being purified there. She did not see Purgatory as a place of transit in the depths of the earth: it is not an exterior fire, but an interior fire. She did not use the hereafter as a basis to ...
By • The Catholic Herald (UK) • 1/6/2011
Deacon Jack Sullivan, whose severe spinal condition was miraculously cured after he prayed to Cardinal Newman, said the girl's mother called him after the Mass to say her daughter's pain had suddenly disappeared. Deacon Sullivan also said that Newman was "still with me, very dramatically so". He ...
Vatican Information Service • 12/30/2010
'She strongly invites us always to allow ourselves to be guided by God, to do His will every day even if it does not always correspond to our own plans, and to trust in His Providence which never abandons us.' VATICAN CITY, (VIS) - The Holy Father dedicated his catechesis during Wednesday's ...
Vatican Information Service • 12/16/2010
St. Veronica Giuliani invites us, in our lives as Christians, to fortify our union with the Lord, abandoning ourselves to His will with complete and total trust, and our union with the Church, the Bride of Christ. She invites us to participate in the tormented love of the crucified Jesus, for the ...
Asia News • 10/21/2010
During the general audience, Benedict XVI introduces the figure of St. Elizabeth of Hungary as an example of how "faith, friendship with Christ, creates a sense of justice, equality of all, the rights of others and create love, charity, and from this comes the hope and certainty that we are loved ...
By • Catholic Online • 10/18/2010
A feisty 19th century nun who worked miracles and was briefly excommunicated when she spoke out against sexual sin by a clergyman has become Australia's first Catholic saint. Mary MacKillop co-founded the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1867, and gained a reputation as the ...
By • Catholic Online • 10/17/2010
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 ...
By • Catholic Online • 10/13/2010
Miraculous testimony of an elite level gymnast touched by Padre Pio: 'Pio, like all the saints, is like the window-washer that scales tall buildings to clear away the muck and allow us to see His luminous rays aflame. God sends them, as He pushes us forward, to wipe clean the windows of ...
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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
St. Matthew, one of the twelve Apostles, is the author of the first Gospel. This has been the constant tradition of the Church and is confirmed by the Gospel itself. He was the son of Alpheus and was called to be an Apostle while sitting in the tax collectors place at Capernaum. Before his conversion he was a publican, i.e., a tax collector by profession. He is ... continue reading
She is called "the Penitent". St. Mary was given the name 'Magdalen' because, though a Jewish girl, she lived in a Gentile town called Magdale, in northern Galilee, and her culture and manners were those of a Gentile. St. Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her. She was present at Our Lords' Crucifixion, and ... 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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