Capernaum: Peter’s House

Since 1990, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29) has been celebrated with special devotion in the modern church built over Peter’s house in Capernaum, by the Sea of Galilee. Peter’s mother-in-law was healed there (Mt 8:14-15, Mk 1:29-31, and Lk 4:38-39). Jesus’ “Bread of Life” discourse (Jn...

Modern-Day Martyr

Martyrdom is alive and well. From the witness of Sister Dorothy Stang in the Amazonian jungle to the hovering threat of execution for a Sudanese woman (whose alleged crime was converting to Christianity), what we think of as an ancient and lamentable practice has shown no abating. Of the approximate 70...

St. Rita, the Peacemaker

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Rita of Cascia (1381-1457). Somehow, over the years, I had inherited a medium-sized statue of St. Rita. Had it not been for her name at the base of the statue, I wouldn’t have had a clue as to whom the statue represented. I actually found it to be a tad creepy at...

Standing on Holy Ground

Our guest blogger this week is Carole Dahlquist, Trade Marketing and Sales Support Manager for Franciscan Media. Julie Dortch Cragon has written a delightful book entitled Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces. The book launched on Saturday, May 3, in the month of Mary, at Julie’s bookstore, St....

Enduring Impact

The unexplained healing of an inoperable brain aneurysm saved the life of a devout Costa Rican woman and was the proximate cause of the canonization of Pope John Paul II. Deflecting the fame she has attracted, 50-year-old Floribeth Mora Diaz said, “I am here because God decided to write a story with my...

Our Newest Saints

Today we celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. Today is also the day we celebrate the canonization of two popes! The following is taken from the article “John XXIII and John Paul II: Our Newest Saints” by Christopher M. Bellitto which appeared in the April issue of St. Anthony Messenger. In his...

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