Matthew’s Marvelous Metanoia

Saint Matthew, also known as Levi, presents Christ as the new Moses, leading His people from the darkness and slavery of sin into the...

The Fightin’ Friar of Capistrano

John of Capistrano (+1456) lived a life very much in the ‘world’ at first, studying law, and becoming involved with the complex political machinations...

Saint Francis Xavier’s Missionary Wisdom

Francis Xavier was born on 7 April 1506, in the city of Javier, which in Basque language means “new house”, in the Kingdom of...

Agnes the Pure and Chaste

'Tis incumbent upon us in these days, so inimical to anything chaste and pure, to remind ourselves of the genius of the feminine and...

A Minimal Friar and A Maximal Pope

This April the second marks the memorial of Saint Francis of Paola (+1507), founder of the 'Minim' friars, so called for their humility and...

What We Can Learn from More and Fisher

Two glorious martyrs of the 'Reformation' are celebrated today. First, Saint Thomas More, husband, father, lawyer, sometime chancellor of England, martyred in 1535 along...

St Maximillian Kolbe: The Martyr of Love

In this canonization liturgy there seems to appear before us that "martyr of love" of Oswiecim (as Paul VI called him), saying: "O Lord,...

Athanasius Contra Mundum

Today is the memorial of one of the most heroic bishops in the history of the Church, the great Saint Athanasius (+373), who stood...

Saint Joseph, the Model for Every Worker

On this Saturday, the First of May 2021, we celebrate the feast of St Joseph the Worker. This feast has a recent history. In fact,...

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;...