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,...

The Simple, Humble and Heroic Witness of St Felice da Nicosia

It is commonly acknowledged that the first Capuchin saint, Felice da Cantalice, gave a powerful dose of humility, poverty and joy to Capuchin holiness....

Peter and Marcellinus, Hidden Yet Their Voice Goes Out Through All the Earth

Like many of the early martyrs, not much is known of Saints Marcellinus and Peter, except that they died for the Faith during the...

Justin, the Philosopher’s Martyr

Saint Justin (+165) who is called the 'martyr', was born around the time the last Apostle, John, departed this life for heaven. Justin was...

Sainte Jeanne d’Arc, the Remarkable Maid of Orleans

Saint Jeanne d’Arc, the maid of Orleans, is hailed as patroness of France, their saviour, as the story goes, in the fight for their...

Finding Sanctity in a Controversial Papacy: Paul VI

I realized this morning during the sermon at Mass that this is the optional memorial of Pope Saint Paul VI, celebrated on the day...

Canterbury’s Augustine, Who Made Britain Catholic

There are two Saints Augustine - the bishop of Hippo, and author of the Confessions and numerous other theological masterpieces, and, today's saint, Augustine first...

Philip Neri’s Cheerful Spirit

We celebrate today one of the most joyful and idiosyncratic – the two are not unrelated - of saints, Philip Neri, (+1595), the founder...

Three Saints for One On a Fine Spring Day

There are many saints in the Church's history - there are, by one estimate, about 6000 at least quasi-officially canonized - too many ever...

Blessed Louis-Zepherin, a Model Bishop for Canada

Today in Canada we celebrate Blessed Louis-Zepherin Moreau, (1824 - 1901) an exemplary bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec. Born rather sickly and undersized to...