Mary’s Fiat: The Annunciation

Since the beginning, God has spoken with the men and women whom he created. First, he revealed himself to Adam and Eve so that they might know him and enjoy fellowship with him—a relationship so movingly described as “God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” amid his creation (Genesis 3:8). Continue »

In the Gospel of Mark, the first written notice that there were women who followed Jesus to Jerusalem actually appears near the end (15:40, 47; 16:1). Mark notes the presence of such women as silent witnesses to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Continue »

Mary and Joseph come to the temple, the center of Israel’s faith, to carry out two Jewish customs: the mother’s purification on the fortieth day after childbirth (Leviticus 12:1-8) and the consecration of the first-born son (Exodus 13:1-2, 11-16). Jesus’ parents are observant Jews who greatly respect the Mosaic law and conscientiously fulfill its requirements (Luke 2:22, 23, 24, 27, 39). Continue »

St. John Neumann, the Common Man’s Saint

What would the future hold for him, wondered young John Neumann as he gazed at the New York harbor from the deck of the Europa, the ship that had just brought him across the Atlantic in a rough, forty-day voyage. Continue »

“Am I Not Your Mother?”

“Am I Not Your Mother?”

St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

comment | Posted Dec 09, 2015

Thousands of cheers—and a few jeers—greeted the news that Juan Diego, the humble visionary of Our Lady of Guadalupe, was proclaimed a saint by Pope John Paul II on July 31, 2002. As with many canonizations, there were challenges. In this case, the challenge involved both the person and the miraculous image connected with his story. Continue »

St. Luke the Artist Paints with Words

St. Luke the Artist Paints with Words

Tradition tells us that Luke was a painter, and that in writing his Gospel, he set out to paint with words

comment | Posted Nov 23, 2015

When was the last time you visited an art gallery or museum and wandered about, enjoying the paintings and sculptures? Continue »

Saints Grieve Too

Saints Grieve Too

Learning from St. Elizabeth of Hungary

comment | Posted Nov 10, 2015

The saints were not immune from the suffering that comes from loss and grief. No one is; it’s part of the human condition. Continue »

Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles

Let us join with the whole Church on October 28 to celebrate the feast of these blessed apostles. Continue »

Calming the Inner Storm

Calming the Inner Storm

St. Thérèse of Lisieux and the Path to Peace

comment | Posted Oct 01, 2015

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, popularly known as the Little Flower, died in 1897 at the age of twenty-four. Had she lived to be ninety, as two of her blood sisters did, she would have died in 1963. Continue »

“The Most Important Thing Is To Love”

“The Most Important Thing Is To Love”

The Witness of Dorothy Day

comment | Posted Sep 24, 2015

In his address to Congress, Pope Francis spoke of Dorothy Day as an example of someone dedicated to “social justice and the rights of persons.” Here, from our archives, is an article from 1999 that gives a sketch of her life and speaks of her relationship with the Lord. Continue »

St. Ignatius of Antioch

Portrait of a Martyr

comment | Posted Sep 17, 2015

May nothing seen or unseen begrudge me making my way to Jesus Christ. Come, fire, cross, battling with wild beasts, wrenching of bones, mangling of limbs, crushing of my whole body, cruel tortures of the devil—only let me get to Jesus Christ. (Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Romans) Continue »

Saint Francis of Assisi’s Love of Creation

Near the end of his life, Francis [of Assisi] was nearly blind and in constant pain from misguided treatments he had received for an ailment he probably contracted when he was traveling in Egypt and the Middle East. Continue »

God’s Song of Love

God’s Song of Love

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Reminds Us of God’s Passionate Love for Us

comment | Posted Aug 20, 2015

How many times have we heard someone tell us that God loves us? Love is a powerful and profound experience and yet those words—“God loves you”—can be so easily forgotten amid the day-to-day routine of life. Continue »

Saint of the Confessional

Saint of the Confessional

How St. John Vianney Brought a Whole Town to Conversion

comment | Posted Aug 02, 2015

On a gray and misty late afternoon in February 1818, a thirty-one-year-old priest reached the outskirts of a backwater village north of Lyons, France. Immediately, he knelt down on the roadside and prayed. Continue »

Learning How to Let Go

Learning How to Let Go

How St. Ignatius of Loyola Finally Gave in to the Lord

comment | Posted Jul 31, 2015

In May of 1521, a captain in the Spanish army was wounded in battle—and the church has never been the same since. Continue »

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