Saints Joachim and Anne: Grandparents of Jesus

(From our archives:) Let us sing praises to Joachim and Anna, The couple honoured by God (as they are His kinsmen) They have borne for us the...

Saint Charbel’s Hidden Life

God often works through hidden ways, and those who live a hidden life - amare nesciri, as Saint Philip Neri was wont to say,...

Benedict and Bridget

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, 27 October 2010   Saint Bridget of Sweden Dear Brothers and Sisters, On the eve of the Great Jubilee in anticipation of the...

Sweden’s Charitable Bibliophile Bridget

Before Sweden was known for ABBA and IKEA  – two exports not to everyone’s taste, even if billion-dollar brands – along with a soft,...

Lawrence of Brindisi and the Bible

Born Guilio Cesare Russo to a family of Venetian merchants, but far to the south, in the village of Brindisi, right down on the...

Saint Apollinaris

The See of Ravenna – on the north-east coast of Italy – was once, way back in the Middle Ages, nearly on par with...

Le Temoinage des Carmelites de Compiègne

It was on this day in a Parisian summer in 1794 that sixteen female members of the Carmelite Order, located at Compiègne – one...

The Seraphic Doctor: Saint Bonaventure

Some of the 'Doctors of the Church' have epithets, and Saint Bonaventure, whom we celebrate today, is the 'seraphic', perhaps for his transcendent teaching;...

Saint Camillus de Lellis: Giving all For Christ

A true saint for our times is the one we celebrate today - Camillus de Lellis (+1614) (we will follow the Canadian calendar, and...

Aloysius’ Bent Iron and Summer’s Solstice

The memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (+ 1591), a Jesuit scholastic who died at what we might consider the too-young age of 23 while...