Would the Real Saint Nicholas Please Stand Up?

Saint Nicholas of Myra (+343) has gone down in legend in more ways than one. His general story follows below, but through the years...

Callixtus and Hippolytus in Sardinia

This is the memorial of Saints Callixtus, (+222-223) (also spelled Callistus) a reformed slave who seems to have lived a rather dissolute and rebellious...

The Not so Hidden Life of Blessed John Juvenal Ancina

Saint Philip Neri, the founder of the Oratorians and the ‘second Apostle’ of Rome, recommended reading books beginning with ‘S’, that is, lives of...

A Brief History of Devotion to the Sacred Heart and Prayer for Priests

A blessed Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to all our readers, a feast which has its origins in the early Middle Ages,...

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 Ignazio da Santhià, A Wise Companion for Holiness

September 22nd is the feast day of Saint Ignazio da Santhià. Who was this Capuchin saint? Ignazio Bevisotti was born in Santhià (Vercelli) on 5...

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;...

The Spiritual Guidance of Saint Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori  

On August 1, 2022, we celebrated the liturgical memorial of St Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori I asked myself: In what way such a great...

Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko

On this October 19th we commemorate the Polish priest and martyr, Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, murdered by communist agents on this day in 1984, for...

Eusebius, the anti-Arian Model Bishop

Saint Eusebius of Vercelli Dear Brothers and Sisters, This morning I invite you to reflect on St Eusebius of Vercelli, the first Bishop of Northern Italy...