St. Francis de Sales: A Saint for Every Man, Woman or Child

I aspire to live certain Franciscan values such as care for the poor, love and care for creation, rebuilding the Church, and love for the Eucharist. Yet, while I try to live simply, my life is far from simple and poor.  St. Francis and St. Clare embraced a poverty I desire to understand. Because of family...

Halloween: Is it OK to Celebrate It?

Last night I took my children to the annual Halloween carnival put on by Ursuline Academy (my alma mater). As always, it is a crowded but enjoyable evening and it is fun to see all the creative costumes—especially the homemade ones. When I was in elementary school, I really didn’t know that some people...

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...

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