Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
In the Middle Ages, little princesses had to grow up very quickly. Princess Elizabeth knew how to behave because she had the excellent example of her family, who brought her up with a love for the...
Saint Maria Goretti
One of the largest crowds ever assembled for a canonization -250,000 - symbolized the reaction of millions touched by the simple story of Maria Goretti. She was the daughter of a poor Italian tenant...
Blessed Gregory and Companions
The disciples were warned by Jesus that following Him would involve hardship and danger. A century ago Blessed Gregory and his friends suffered horrifying martyrdom when they became victims of...
Saint Nicholas Pick and Companions
One of the greatest evils of the Reformation was the hatred which was generated between Catholic and Protestant. In the 16th century Protestant Holland was governed by Catholic Spain. The Calvinists...
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Saint Veronica Giuliani
Many saints have had to contend with opposition during their lives but few have had to face as many internal struggles and trials as Saint Veronica Giuliani. Born in Italy in 1660, the youngest of...
Saint Benedict
The effect that Saint Benedict has had on our world is tremendous. But facts about his life are limited and most of what we know about him is given to us by Pope Gregory the Great who wrote his...
Saint Henry
Henry was a ruler of the Holy Roman Empire but now he wears a crown in Heaven because of his love for the Church and his people. His mother was a princess of Burgundy and when his father died in 995...
Saint Francis Solano
Many stories are told of our Founder, St. Francis, walking through the Italian countryside singing for joy. He was sometimes referred to as God's troubadour, because he loved to praise the Lord in...
Saint Camillus de Lellis
A wounded soldier with a quarrelsome nature and a taste for gambling might seem to be an unlikely candidate for sainthood but God called him to serve the poor and the sick. Born in Italy in 1550,...
Saint Bonaventure
The most powerful forces of change in the 13rh Century were two new institutions: the universities and the mendicant religious orders. The future Saint Bonaventure was closely involved in both. He...
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This is a very special day for Carmelite priests and religious because it commemorates the foundation of their Order. It is also an opportunity for all of us to think about Mary as a link between the...
Saint John Plessington
Let's try to imagine what it was like being a Catholic in 1679 when Saint John Plessington was martyred ... For well over a century Catholicism had diminished. There were no churches and gradually...
Saint Bridget of Sweden
The gift of clairvoyance is a mixed blessing. St. Bridget is famous for her visions, which were sometimes a means of guidance for herself or others, but were often a cause of anxiety and even...
Saint James
Saint James and his brother, John the beloved disciple, were given the nickname 'Boanerges' meaning the 'Sons of Thunder' by Jesus: does this suggest that they were impulsive or quick tempered? But...
Saint Lawrence of Brindisi
If you go to Rome you may perhaps see the International College of our Capuchin Order, named after St. Lawrence of Brindisi who is the patron saint of all Capuchin students. Preacher, scholar,...