All You Holy Men and Women

I’ve been asking people to pray for my brother Mark, who was recently diagnosed with cancer (Stage 4). We are asking people to pray for the intercession of Blessed John Paul II and St. Anthony of Padua for Mark’s healing but, most importantly, we just want people to pray—in whatever way they’re most...

Saints in Our Midst

In next two weeks, my family will be observing my mother-in-law’s 100th birthday as well as her 10th anniversary of her death. It’s an odd byplay of two events – her birth and her death – that both meet up at significant milestones for those who loved her. Birthdays are usually times to celebrate...

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...

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

“Incline our hearts, according to your will, O God.” These words of prayer regularly occur in liturgical texts such as the Liturgy of the Hours and the Eucharist. The prayer cashes in on the symbol of the human heart and speaks more than an explanation could ever tell. Oh, how we constantly struggle to...

St. Boniface

Today’s feast day reminds me of an unfinished task. Some years ago, while studying the German language, I stumbled across a book that contained a short life of St. Boniface. The book showed an image that depicted Boniface as a bishop with miter and pallium, holding a sword in his right hand with a book...

Visited by God’s Presence

Today is the feast of the Visitation, which celebrates the visit of Mary, just after the Annunciation, to her cousin Elizabeth, who despite her advanced age was soon to be the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:39.56). But in all honesty, it is a story, even with the telling of John leaping in his mother’s...

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