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St. Thomas More: A Saint for the Persecuted Church

St. Thomas More is one of the great English saints of the Church and he is a wonderful saint for those individuals who are undergoing persecution for their Christian faith. St. Thomas More was born in 1478 in London where his father was a lawyer and judge. He received a stellar education at St. Anthony’s school and became a household page...

Fr. Augustine Tolton: America’s First Black Priest

At night the river looked deeper than ever as the woman rowed across it with her three small children. That was dangerous enough but they were being pursued. They were being shot at. They were fleeing for their lives. The Civil War had just begun. The woman and her children were slaves. They had fled Missouri and were crossing over...

The Saint of the Titanic: The Last Voyage of Fr. Thomas Byles

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. On board in all directions there was the sound of running feet. It was clear there was something wrong. Before hearing anything, however, one had somehow sensed it. Some indiscernible threat had impacted and was quickly making its presence felt throughout the ship. At that moment...

St. Louis of France: Man of the Holy Eucharist

In his Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum caritatis, “On the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church’s Life and Mission,” Pope Benedict XVI recalls a passage from the Confessions of Saint Augustine, regarding the Holy Eucharist. Saint Augustine writes about the different effect of consuming the Heavenly Bread of the Holy Eucharist in comparison with the effect of eating earthly...

Gentleman Saint: Saint Damien of Molokai

"I was sick and ye visited me." - J. Damien de Veuster (Inscription of St. Damien in the Bible of a visitor to the island) "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." - Jesus Christ Imagine an island where people are sent to die of a horrific, flesh rotting disease. They...

An Everyman Saint: St. Isidore the Farmer

All you really need to know about St. Isidore the farmer (or “the laborer”) is that in the town of Pulilan in the Philippines, parishioners of San Isidro Labrador make their water buffalos kneel before a statue of the saint. This is a fitting veneration for a saint who was often accompanied by a team of heavenly oxen driven by angels....

St. Joseph, Pray for Us

Pull out your highlighters. What word stands out most when you read Matthew 1:24? Isn’t it that small, overused, three-letter word our English teachers told us to avoid? “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded.” Joseph did. It’s that simple. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers and fathers, a simple carpenter who obeyed...

St. Joseph: The Model of Manhood

St. Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great things.  He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, in each and every event that went to make up his life. – St. Josemaria Escriva Recently, I have been growing in devotion to St. Joseph, the husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus. St....

Gentleman Saint: Saint Valentine

Ah yes, St. Valentine's day is here again. For one day each year, the world turns pink and red, floral shops and chocolatiers turn a handsome profit, and candlelight makes a comeback at dinner time. But buried and forgotten somewhere beneath chocolates and candy hearts lies a courageous man named St. Valentine. Let's learn a little about him. Life and Martyrdom...

15 Heresies and the Manly Saints Who Fought Them

The history of the Catholic Church is full of all sorts of heresies that have assailed the truths of the faith.  From the earliest days of the Gnostics and Docetists all the way down to the Jansenists and Quietists of later centuries, it seems there has never been a shortage of heretical thought. But in each age, God has brought...

Gentleman Saint: St. Francis Borgia

Borgia---the name has a ring of infamy. Historically, the Borgia family is associated with crime, promiscuity, papal corruption, and power-mongering, and this sad legacy is remembered to this day. But while the popular imagination fixates on the sins of the Borgia family, there is a great saint who also bears the name of Borgia---a man who redeemed his family name....

Gentleman Saint: St. Louis IX, King of France

One of the most fascinating things about the saints is how different they are. Some were wealthy nobleman, others were poor peasants, others were doctors, lawyers, or soldiers. There is a saint from almost every state in life. The one thing they all have in common is holiness---an intense love for God that inspired great words and deeds. Today's gentleman...