Gregory, a Pope for All Seasons

One of the great joys of history is reminiscing about the past, giving hope for the present; for history is ‘eschatological’, moving towards a...

John Paul II at Auschwitz: Lessons of Kolbe

APOSTOLIC PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND HOLY MASS AT THE CONCENTRATION CAMP HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II Auschwitz-Bierkenau, 7 June 1979   1. "This is the victory that overcomes...

Saint Andrew the Protoclete

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Wednesday, 14 June 2006 Andrew, the Protoclete Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the last two catecheses we spoke about the figure of St Peter. Now,...

Blessed Rosario Livatino: A Martyr for Justice

Friday 29 October 2021 remains an historic date for those who venerate Blessed Rosario Livatino, for today is his first liturgical memorial. Rosario Livatino, or...

Saint Robert Bellarmine’s Clarity of Mind and Soul

In the midst of the theological and cultural confusion in which our Church is mired, we could use a few more men with the...

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Patroness of the Poor

On this 17th of November we, as Franciscans, joyfully celebrate the feast of St Elizabeth of Hungary, a tertiary of our Order. Elizabeth was born...

The Commemoration of All Saints of the Seraphic order

The 29th of November is the liturgical memorial of Franciscan saints. Countless is the number of those who followed Jesus in the footsteps of...

Finding Sanctity in a Controversial Papacy: Paul VI

I realized this morning that this is the optional memorial of Pope Saint Paul VI, celebrated on the day of his ordination in 1920,...

The Enigmatic and Ecstatic Life of Rose of Lima

Rose of Lima (+1617) birth name was Isabel, but called 'Rose' when a servant saw her face mystically transformed soon after she was born....

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...