Guardian Angels
The truth that we have a Guardian Angel is one of the loveliest of our Catholic faith. But perhaps parents do not talk to their children enough about it. Sadly, some people even doubt their...
Another Christ
4th October
Saint Francis of Assisi
The life of Francis of Assisi can be summed up in the words of St Paul, “I live, no not I, but Christ lives in me." His background and family life was no different from other boys. His father was...
Saint Teresa of Avila
One of the towering figures in Christian history lived at a time when people paid little attention to women and yet she outshone nearly all her contemporaries. Teresa of Avila was a mystic, a...
Saint Margaret Mary-Alacoque
There are few saints who have been privileged to receive a vision of Our Lord, but Margaret Mary-Alacoque was one of those for whom He had a very special message. Through her He wanted to remind the...
A Loyal Servant
16th October
Saint Richard Gwyn
Richard Gwyn was born in Montgomeryshire, Wales, in about 1537, of an old but not wealthy family. At the age of twenty he went up to Oxford, where he remained for a short while, then to Cambridge,...
Saint Martin de Porres
Born in Peru in 1579 to a Spanish nobleman who married a free woman, Martin de Porres was black like his mother and, because of this, his father refused to acknowledge him until many years later. He...
Saint Winifred
In these days of easy travel many of us have been to Lourdes, Fatima or Assisi, and these towns have become world famous. But in a small village in North Wales there is a far more ancient centre of...
Saint Charles Borromeo
To be born to wealth, rank and privilege may be a mixed blessing. Jesus Himself observed that it is difficult for a rich man to reach Heaven. But Charles Borromeo, who started life with every...
Blessed Duns Scotus
John Duns, later known as the Subtle Doctor, was called Scotus on account of his birth in the Scottish county of Roxborough. He was born in 1266, educated by the Franciscans and at 15 entered the...
Dedication of the Basilica of John Lateran
Most Catholics think of St Peter's in Rome as the pope's main church but, in fact, it is St John Lateran, the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome where the Bishop of Rome presides. It is far more...
Snatcher of Souls
12th November
Saint Josaphat
Born in Russia around 1580, Saint Josaphat is very much a saint for our own times. For centuries the Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Churches have gone their separate ways, and many attempts have...
Saint Deduces of Alcala
God often chooses the most unlikely people to carry out a special task for Him. One of them is Saint Didacus, a Franciscan Brother, who was poor and uneducated yet became a teacher and an inspiration...
All Benedictine Saints
Today we honour all those men and women who made their way to God by following the Rule of Saint Benedict as I sing the praises of such a great Order. His influence has been worldwide. The people of...
Saint Agnes of Assisi
Any parent will tell you that teenage daughters can be rebellious and headstrong. They like their own way and their little sisters want to copy them. Spare a thought, then, for the father of Saint...
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Anne and Joachim were very special parents for God chose them to bring into our world the only child who was conceived without original sin. Their child in turn was to conceive by the power of the...