The Incorrupt Life of Saint Catherine de Ricci

Saint Catherine de Ricci (1522 – 1590) – born Alessandra Lucrezia Romola de' Ricci – was from the same city, Florence, as her contemporary...

The Salvific Message of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes is one of the few 'visions' of the Virgin Mary to be placed in the public Liturgical calendar of the...

The Last Visit of Scholastica and Benedict

Saint Scholastica (+543) was the sister - some sources say the twin - of Saint Benedict. Like her brother, she forsook everything to follow...

Saint Jerome Emiliani’s Pilgrimage to Heaven

Today, with Saint Josephine Bakhita, we also celebrate Saint Gerolamo - or Jerome - Emiliani (+1537), who ran away from his home in Venice...

Saint Agatha the Good

Saint Agatha (+251) is counted amongst the most venerated of the 'virgin martyrs', one of the seven women whose name appears in the Canon...

Why Can’t Canadians Be Bothered to Have Children?

Having children and raising them is a sacrificial act, or, rather, an unending series of sacrificial acts over many years. One must give of...

Two Martyrs for One: Blaise and Ansgar

Saint Blaise, a bishop of ancient Sebastea (now in Turkey), was also a physician, like Saint Luke, a healer of body and soul. And,...

Christ, Consecration and Candlemas

A blessed feast of the Presentation to all our readers, which used to, and still may, be called Candlemas, a celebration of the light...

Saint Bridget of Ireland

Saint Bridget of Kildare (451 – 525), who lived a century after Saint Patrick (385 – 461), and a century before Saint Columbanus (543...

Integrity for Borders, and Borders for Integrity

A country without borders is no country at all. It is, rather - to paraphrase Metternich’s description of 19th century Italy - nothing more...