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Fr. Paul Schenck: A Jewish, former Anglican Minister, Catholic Priest on St. Theresa Benedicta

By • Catholic Online • 8/10/2011

Saint Theresa Benedicta of the Cross was the quintessential example of penetrating intellect, social concern and personal piety. Particularly for my family and me, she is an inspiring example of continuity between Jewish heritage and Christian faith. HARRISBURG, PA. (Catholic Online) - Soon after ...


My Pilgrimage to Ars and Devotion to Saint Jean Vianney - the Curé d'Ars

By • Le blog de la Bergerie • 8/4/2011

When I was reading about the Curé d'Ars spending hours in that cramped and stiffly hot confessional, I wanted to bring him a little pillow for his back! But then I remembered how he eschewed comfort. He used to take the mattress out of his bed before going to sleep and he only ate the bare ...


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Reflection: Feast of Saints Ann and Joachim, First Holy Family of Nazareth

By • Catholic Online • 7/27/2011

Catholics, for the most part, are probably pretty familiar with the Feast of the Holy Family that is celebrated on the Sunday after Christmas, a day set aside to honor the Holy Family into which Jesus was born, a family that provides a model for families today, regardless of their specific ...


Blessed Bartolo Longo

Blessed Bartolo Longo: The Ex-Satanist On the Path to Sainthood

By • The Catholic Herald (UK) • 7/19/2011

He consecrated the world, entrusting it to Mary's hands, offering the Blessed Virgin a golden rose. In his homily, Benedict XVI likened Bartolo Longo to St Paul of Tarsus, who also initially persecuted the Church, described Bartolo as being "militantly anticlerical and engaging in spiritualist and ...


Back to the Roots: Examining Maryknoll's Heroic Beginnings

By • Catholicism.org • 6/30/2011

The saintly co-founder of Maryknoll, Father Thomas Fredrick Price, was an apostolic priest, faithful to Catholic orthodoxy, totally consecrated to the Immaculate Virgin, and zealous for the conversion of America and the pagan Orient to the true Church. RICHMOND, NH (Catholicism.org) - In the minds ...


Saints Peter and Paul

Peter and Paul: Pillars of the Church, Martyrs, Call Us to Courageous Witness

By • Catholic Online • 6/29/2011

These two great pillars of Christianity were both martyred for the faith. Their Feast is celebrated together. Priests and deacons throughout the entire world wear Red at the Liturgy, symbolizing that the blood of the Martyrs, as the Second Century Church Father Tertullian so clearly proclaimed, "is ...


Manliness and Fortitude: Venerable Emmanuel d'Alzon

By • Catholicism.org • 6/15/2011

Ven. Father d'Alzon, besides being an edifying model of charity, was also a sterling exemplar of a virtue very much needed today: fortitude. The man exuded Christian manliness. RICHMOND, NH (Catholicism.org) - Venerable Emmanuel d'Alzon first caught my attention when I came upon the following ...


The early Christian martyrs challenge us to lives of heroic virtue and sacrifice in this new missionary age

Feast of Justin, Martyr: We Need New Apologists for the New Evangelization

By • Catholic Online • 6/1/2011

We live in an age much like the one into which Justin, Martyr was sent by the Lord who called him into the mission of the Church. Like Justin, we are called to go into the center of our modern Rome and set up the "schools" from which we will engage this age with the fullness of the truth. What ...


Icon of Mary, the Mother of God

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The Mother of God is the Defender of Orthodoxy

By • Catholic Online • 5/11/2011

Worship of Jesus Christ as 'God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father' is therefore a unity with prayerful devotion to his mother. With her and through her we affirm and bow before the one who is God made man. Those who deny Marian ...


St. Catherine of Siena carrying the weight of the Church

St. Catherine of Siena: Doctor of the Church

By • Catholic Online • 5/1/2011

While praying at Peter's tomb, she experienced the great weight of the Church fall on her shoulders, and she offered herself and her suffering as a "victim" for the renewal of the Church. On April 29 of that year, around midday, God called her to Himself. Days before her death, she wrote, "If I ...





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Saint of the Day: St. Bernadette

St. Bernadette

On April 16, 1879, Bernadette -- or Sister Marie-Bernard, as she was known within her order -- died in the Sainte Croix (Holy Cross) Infirmary of the Convent of Saint-Gildard. She was thirty-five. Born into a humble family which little by little fell into extreme poverty, Bernadette had always been a frail child. Quite young, she had already suffered from ... continue reading



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St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena

The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints. St. Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her ... continue reading


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St. Gabriel, the Archangel

St. Gabriel, the Archangel

The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptizer. Finally, he ... continue reading



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Today is the feast day of St. Joseph, which means this is the perfect time to check out our offerings of St. Joseph medals, prayer cards ... continue reading

Duc in Altum: Men, Put Out Into the Deep on the Feast of St Joseph

This model of Christian manliness recommends himself to us not for any strange or exciting things he did (because he really didn't) but ... continue reading




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