Giving Up a Grudge

Sydney Harris wrote a newspaper column once about visiting a Quaker friend who lived in a large city and bought his daily newspaper from a newsstand. Harris once accompanied his friend and observed his courteous response to the rather surly man selling papers. Back in the apartment, Harris commented on his...

Walking the Talk

We are rightly wary of people who talk a good game, but whose actions go in a very different direction. Saints show us integrity—whether anyone   else is watching or not. Few people did that as wholeheartedly as Blessed Frédéric Ozanam (1813–1853), founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) in...

Faith as a Journey

When I was in St. Joseph Grade School in Howell, Michigan (OK, between 1954 and 1962!), people tended to speak of faith as an object that could be lost or found. That applied to future students at public high schools and most especially those attending public universities. Faith in those days was simply...

Opened by Grace

In a unique way, each saint teaches us something important about God. “Their great example lends us courage,” says the Roman Missal’s Preface II of the Saints. Because of original sin, no person is born holy. Behind every saint is the story of that person’s courageous and progressive opening to...

A Holistic Faith

Some Christians have long felt that science undermines faith; the treatment of Galileo Gaililei, for example, is not one of the Catholic Church’s proudest moments. Some Catholics felt he was challenging the Bible. Truth, however, ultimately comes from a single source: God. St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, a...

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