Scholastica’s Last Day with 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 Journey to Heaven

Today, with Saint Josephine Bakhita, we also celebrate Saint Jerome Emiliani (+1537), who ran away from his home in Venice at the age of...

Will the Real Fascism Please Stand Up?

Yelling 'Fascist!'' is one vivid and quite effective way to shut down an honest debate - in the pre-mask era, a bit of spittle...

The Joyful Martyrs of Nagasaki

Today is the feast of Saint Paul Miki and Companion martyrs, put to death by crucifixion and impaling on February 5, 1597 at Nagasaki,...

Saint Agatha the Good

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

Hoping Against Hope

Whether the young and drunkards both abound in hope is a question asked by Saint Thomas in his treatise on that most enigmatic and...

Two Martyrs for One: Blaise and Ansgar

Saint Blaise, a bishop of ancient Sebastea (now in Turkey), was also a physician - healer of body and soul - and, we may...

Saint Thomas, Abortion and Dr. Adasevic’s Conversion

Today's feast of the great priest and doctor Saint Thomas Aquinas is also, sadly, the 33rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1988 striking down...

Thomas Aquinas: The Common and Universal Doctor

The enduring originality of the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas So Pope John Paul IIl began his chapter the great Doctor - called 'Universal' for...

Saint Angela Merici and the Ursulines

Saint Angela Merici (+1540) lived and died in Italy, growing up to adulthood during the tumultuous events of the early Reformation (she went to...