Local Woman – a Saint! – Makes Good

I had a chance to visit my hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., last month, the first time in a number of years and the first time since two local women were named saints – St. Kateri Tekakwitha, a Native American born in upstate New York who died in Canada in 1680, and St. Marianne Cope, who worked with leprosy...

Imitating Christ

Saints—the formally recognized ones and the many others whom we have known personally—always point us to God. At the same time, they automatically help us to recognize all women, men, and children as people made in God’s image and likeness. Saints may not be famous, but they are certainly real. St....

Fishers of Men

I just finished glancing through a beautiful new hardcover book recently published by Franciscan Media called THE HOLY LAND: AN ARMCHAIR PILGRIMAGE, by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ. This beautiful book lets you travel on virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land from the comfort of your own home. In one of the chapters...

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is one of the keystones of the Catholic Church in United States. She founded the first religious community of the American Catholic Church—the Sisters of Charity. She opened the first American parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage. She did all of this...

In Praise of Healers

“You are a lucky man.” I will never forget these words from the retina surgeon who had just proclaimed the wonderful news that the surgery he performed on my left eye had saved my sight. He further explained that a retina detachment that includes the macular region rarely works so well as to restore full...

Are There Saints in Your Church?

The following excerpt is taken from the book Ask a Bible Geek by Mark Hart. It was Sunday morning, and as always, a young family made their way into Mass. A beautiful little six-year-old girl, the youngest, sat amazed, gazing up at the ceilings, the candles, the statues, and the crucifix. Then she noticed...

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