Joseph, the Image of God the Father

In previous articles that I have written on Saint Joseph, I have noted the merits and demerits of certain ways of describing the fatherhood...

The Presentation of Mary

November 21st is normally the feast of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary at the temple (this year superseded by Christ the King, but...

Saint Caecelia’s Heavenly Music

WE have yet to hear what heavenly music sounds like, but Saint Francis de Sales once recounted that he heard an angel play one...

Peter, Paul and the Path to Rome

Today's memorial of the dedication of the basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul - following upon that of the Lateran Basilica last week -...

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Patroness of the Poor

On this 17th of November we, as Franciscans, joyfully celebrate the feast of St Elizabeth of Hungary, a tertiary of our Order. Elizabeth was born...

Elizabeth of Hungary

The saint today, the patroness of Hungary (+1320), and the niece of Saint Hedwig of Silesia, (+1243) belongs to the '24' club - saints...

St Joseph Moscati, Holy Physician of the Poor  

November 16th is the feast day of St Joseph Moscati, the holy doctor of Naples. I had the joy of visiting him in July...

Saint Margaret of Scotland and Gertrude of Germany

Beautiful and demure Margaret of Scotland (+1093) was the devoted wife of Malcom III, King of the nation to which she fled as a...

Saint Lawrence O’Toole and His Irish Heart

November 14th marks the memorial of Saint Lawrence O’Toole, Lorcán Ua Tuathail in the original Irish (1128 - 1180) was an Irish monk, abbot...

Mother Cabrini’s Legacy

In the United States, November 13th is the memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, or 'Mother Cabrini' (1850 - 1917) as she came to...