Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
St. Basil and St. Gregory were both bishops and great teachers in the Church. They lived in the fourth century and believed and taught the same faith that we hold today. They share the same feast day...
The Holy Name of Jesus
Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus is a Franciscan devotion and its most prominent, champion is St. Bernardine of Siena, who preached Missions and Retreats all over Italy to promote it in the...
Blessed Bernard of Corleone
Bernard of Corleone was a man who liked a challenge. He trained as an athlete and a fighter, and when he later joined the Capuchin Order this training proved to be an excellent preparation for his...
Saint Berard and Companions
In 1219 St. Francis sent Berard and companions to preach the Gospel to the Moslems in Morocco. They were six in number, but one fell ill and was unable to accompany the other five. Like the apostles,...
Saint Anthony the Abbot
“Go, sell what you possess and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven.” This was the Gospel text which the future St. Anthony the Abbot happened to hear when he was 20, shortly...
Saint Agnes
Agnes lived and died in Rome around the beginning of the fourth century. She was just one of the many Christians who suffered under the terrible persecution of the Emperor Diocletian but Agnes was...
Saint Vincent of Saragossa
Vincent was another victim of Emperor Diocletian’s persecution. Born in Spain, near the city of Grenada where Valerius was Bishop, Vincent was ordained a deacon and although still fairly young and...
The Good News Man
24th January
Saint Francis de Sales
The written word has the power to influence how we think … in a newspaper, a magazine, a book or even a website! No one appreciated this better than Francis de Sales. Although he died a few years...
Conversion of Saint Paul
The first time we meet Saul of Tarsus is at the scene of an execution. While Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was being stoned to death, his killers placed their coats at the feet of this young...
Saints Timothy and Titus
Timothy and Titus were close friends of the apostle Paul whom he addressed as ‘his true sons’ and to whom he wrote pastoral letters containing much useful instruction for clergy and...
Saint Angela Merici
On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land Angela was struck with blindness. Her friends wanted her to return home, but she insisted on visiting the sacred shrines with as much devotion and enthusiasm as if...
Saint Thomas Aquinas
In the 2000 years of Church History Thomas Aquinas stands out as one of the great figures. He was literally a huge man, tall and heavily built, but with a quiet and reflective manner. At university,...
Saint Hyacinth of Mariscotti
If ever we see in the life of a person someone who did not want to be converted, it was Hyacinth of Mariscotti who became a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and foundress of the Oblates of...
Saint John Bosco
Homelessness and unemployment are two of the greatest problems of our society. In every big city we see young people hanging around the streets, sleeping rough and in constant danger. Over 200 years...
Presentation of the Lord
One day in the temple in Jerusalem an old man named Simeon offered a most unusual prayer. “Now Master You can let Your servant go in peace.” He was telling God he was now ready to die but what is...