The Hope and Courage of Charles Lwanga and Companion Martyrs

If the Church seems moribund in North America, there is hope in the vast continent of Africa, where there are untold millions of Catholics,...

Saint George Preca, Catechist and Apostle of Malta

(We are a bit late, alas, in posting this reflection on Saint George Preca, a home-grown Maltese saint, whose feast was May 9th. But,...

Romuald’s Eremetical Reform

Saint Romuald (+June 19, 1025/27) was a tenth-century monk, who founded the strict Camaldolese Order, named after the benefactor, Maldoli. Impressed by the saint's...

Philip’s Questions and James’ Letter

Philip and James, Apostles, have been celebrated together on this day in May since the revision of the calendar in 1969. (They were originally...

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...

Pope John the Martyr, and Pope John Paul’s 101st Birthday

On this May 18th we celebrate the first Pontiff with the name of John, the beloved disciple - and it was his birth name....

An Irish Monk Brings the Faith Scotland: Saint Columbkille

If you will forgive a little parochialism, today is the feast of Saint Columbkille (521-597), also called Columba, who is not celebrated in 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,...

Saint Peter Chrysologous: How To Preach a Homily

Saint Peter Chrysologous (+450) was, as the traditional account has it, chosen bishop of Ravenna in 433 after the then-reigning pontiff, Pope, Sixtus III,...

Saints Chanel, Montfort and Wojtyla

On this joyful Eastertide day, we celebrate a double memorial: Saint Peter Chanel (+1841) who evangelized the island of Futuna in the South Pacific...