Hope of the Holy Innocents

The feast of the Holy Innocents, falling appropriately enough within the octave of Christmas, might seem a troubling commemoration at first glance.  Remembering the...

Luke, Evangelist, Physician, Artist

Saint Luke (+84), the author of the third Gospel - and also, as our Tradition has it, of the Acts of the Apostles, was...

The Saint Whose Speech Was Golden

On Monday 26 July 2021 I had the grace of visiting Ravenna, once the capital city of the Western Roman Empire, from 402 till...

The Comedy of Saint Lawrence

Saint Lawrence (+258) lives on in legend, a Spaniard from Valencia, chosen in the very bloom of his early maturity by the intelligent and...

The Holy House of Loreto

Our Lady of Loreto was put back into the universal calendar on this day by Pope Francis two year ago, in December, 2019, in...

Saint Jean-Baptiste de la Salle: A Teacher for Teachers

Jean-Baptiste de la Salle (1651 - 1719), a French nobleman, ordained a priest, founded the first order in the Church’s history entirely without priests,...

Sainte Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

Today we celebrate the Saint of the Little Way, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, also known after the place...

John, the Beloved

On this third day of Christmas, we not only get three french hens, but, far better, we get to celebrate the beloved Apostle, Saint...

Saint Mark in a Hurry

Saint Mark, writer of the Gospel and first bishop of Alexandria, was the missionary companion and amanuensis of Saint Peter, the first pope. The...

Fishers of Men: Paul Miki and Companions

Today, 6 February, is the feast of Saint Paul Miki and his (twenty-five) companions who were tortured and executed in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1597....