Bernardine, Usury and the Holy Name

Saint Bernardine of Siena (+1444) lived through a tumultuous time in the Church's history (but, then, what time is not?). The Great Western Schism...

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....

The Joy of Felix of Catalice – Brother ‘Deo Gratias’

Today, Tuesday 18 May 2021, is the feast of the Capuchin lay brother St Felix of Cantalice (+1587). Certainly Brother Felix has been foundational...

Dymphna’s Sanity

The story of Saint Dymphna (7th century), steeped in legend, is not one, perhaps, that parents would feel comfortable telling their children. Dymphna was...

Isidore the Farmer, Rerum Novarum and Tilling the Land

Saint Isidore, or, in his native Spanish, Isidro de Merlo y Quintana, named after the other Saint Isidore, the bishop of Seville (whom we...

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,...

Saint Leopold Mandić, Croatian Hero of the Confessional

On this Tuesday 12 May 2021, we celebrate the feast of St Leopold Mandić OFM Cap. (+1942). Who was this great and humble saint...

Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine, Foundress of Canada

We have celebrated a number of 'Catherines' of late in our liturgical calendar, two of them Canadian: Kateri Tekakwitha on April 17th, the native...
Pope St. John Paul II

Beatification of Catherine of Saint Augustine

(What follows is an excerpt from the homily of Pope Saint John Paul II beatifying Mother Catherine of Saint Augustine along with four others...

Work Made Light in Saint Joseph

In the waning years of the 19th century, before the war to end all wars, and the subsequent instantiation of what is called 'real...