St. Louis, King of France

When he was crowned king of France in 1226, St. Louis—whose feast day we celebrated last month—took an oath to act as God’s anointed, as father of his people. He was crowned king at age 12 following his father’s death. When Louis was 19, he married Margaret of Provence. Despite Margaret’s restless...

My Favorite Saint: Joseph

When Fr. Gary Caster told me he wanted to write a book about St. Joseph, I got very excited because Joseph has always been my favorite saint.  Caster wanted to write the book in honor of his mother, who also claims Joseph as her favorite saint.  So I’m happy to say the book is now available, Joseph: The...

A Mother’s Love

Today, August 27, the church celebrates St. Monica, on the day before the feast of St. Augustine, her son. Augustine’s parents had different values when it came to raising their son. Those differences are described in Augustine’s Confessions. Monica, his mother, was deeply committed to Christianity and...

Praying Like St. Francis

Most of us agree, I assume, that personal prayer can be described as a conversation between two parties—ourselves and God. Speaking for myself, I often find myself giving more importance to my side of the conversation than to God’s. I think, for example, that I have to be more responsible, try...

The Stigmata of St. Francis

The Chapel of the Stigmata is perched on the edge of the same sheer precipice where St. Francis stood two years before his death and where he was swept up into the mystery of God’s overwhelming love for him and for humanity.   St. Bonaventure, in his Life of St. Francis, describes Francis as being more...

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...

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