Saint Clare of Assisi
Clare was born into the nobility of Assisi on July 16, 1194. As a little girl she was known by members of her household to be a sensitive child, gentle, prayerful and kind. She would sometimes hide...
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal
'You forgave the man who killed your husband. Help me learn to forgive a particular person in my life who has caused me harm. You know how difficult it is to forgive. Help me to take the steps you...
Saint Maximilian Kolbe
A boy who prayed to Our Lady for guidance was shown two crowns, a white one signifying purity and a red one for martyrdom. He told her he wanted both. Born in Poland in 1894 and educated at a...
A Christian King
16th August
King Stephen of Hungary
In the early Middle Ages many kings and rulers were cruel despots who abused their power and cared nothing for their subjects. One outstanding exception was King Stephen of Hungary, who set such a...
Saint John Eudes
The driving forces in the life of a hard-working pastor and popular preacher were love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and love of people. Born in 1601 to a farming family in Normandy, his parents sent...
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
A 19 year old soldier was far from home and very unhappy. He was not enjoying his military service and to his great sorrow his mother had just died. He was at a cross-roads in his life and he prayed...
Pope Saint Pius X
One of the greatest popes of the last century is perhaps best remembered as the Pope who encouraged the reception of frequent Holy Communion and allowing children to make their first Holy Communion...
Queenship of Our Lady
Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954 but it has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation the archangel Gabriel declared that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At...
The Quiet Angel
24th August
Blessed Bernard of Offida
Blessed Bernard was born into a poor farming family, accustomed to poverty and hard work. The qualities learnt in a poor farming family, together with great devotion and gentleness, brought to his...
Saint Monica
Family life can be very difficult at times. Many married women know the anguish of having an unfaithful husband, an interfering mother-in-law or a wayward child. All these problems were experienced...
Saint Augustine of Hippo
Before he became a great saint Augustine was a great sinner. His very frank account of his own life reveals a story of temptation and weakness, spiritual darkness and a long search for truth and...
Beheading of Saint John the Baptist
The death of John the Baptist is a real-life tragedy involving four characters. The hero died because he spoke the truth; the other three were complicit in his murder. Each had a different attitude...
Saints Margaret Clitherow, Ann Line & Margaret Ward
Today we keep the feast of three women martyrs, who had one thing in common - a great love for the Mass. In dangerous times they were prepared to risk their lives to save their priests for if there...
Saint Aidan and the Saints of Lindisfarne
During King Saint Oswald's years of exile among the Irish in the early seventh century, he had grown familiar with the Christian faith under the influence of St. Columba's missionary community of...
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our Lady, the Mother of God and the Mother of each one of us, is the greatest and loveliest human person who ever walked this Earth. Her parents Anne and Joachim must have been very special people to...