Saint Denis of Paris and Saint John Leonardi of Lucca

Saint Denis, patron of Paris, was the city of lights' first bishop and of France, and one of her greatest lights. He was likely...

Newman the Kindly Prophet

Although he died on August 11th, this is the day the Church has chose to commemorate Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (+1890); for it...

Bruno’s Great Silence

On this crisp Fall October the 6th, we fittingly celebrate Saint Bruno (+1101), teacher, bishop, confidant of the Pope and, perhaps most pertinent to...

The Suffering Secretary of the Divine Mercy

October 5th is the feast day of St Faustina Kowalska. This humble Polish nun was appointed by Jesus to be the Secretary of His...

Fortunate Faustina and the Divine Mercy

Last year, we wrote that today's saint was not (yet) in the liturgical calendar, and we may happily now say that that is no...

Pope Benedict on Il Poverello

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Paul VI Audience Hall Wednesday, 27 January 2010 Saint Francis of Assisi Dear Brothers and Sisters, In a recent Catechesis, I illustrated the providential...

Story of a Soul

October first is the liturgical memorial of St Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus, as she is commonly known, her fame spread...

Angels Guardian

This memorial of the Guardian Angels goes back to the year 1500, the very dawn of the Protestant ‘Reformation’, seventeen years before Luther would...

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...

Jerome’s Holy Vulgarity

All saints change history, often in ways that are mysterious and opaque, but at times more obviously so. Such is Saint Jerome (347 -...