11th August
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,...
The Little Flower Of Saint Francis
12th August
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...
A Saint To Teach Us How To Forgive
14th August
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...
Greater Love Has No Man
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...
A Christian King
20th August
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...
Friend Of The Sacred Heart
20th August
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....
The Man From The Bright Valley
21st August
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...
The Saint We Have Reason To Thank
22nd August
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...
Queen Of Heaven And Earth
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...
The Quiet Angel
26th August
Blessed Dominic Barberi
A young Italian priest dreamed of making a missionary journey to England. There were many obstacles in his way but eventually his dream came true and...
A Debt English Catholics Owe To An Italian
27th August
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...
A Woman Who Never Gave Up
28th August
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,...
Late Have I Loved Thee
29th August
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...
The All Important Truth
30th August
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...
We Owe So Much To Our Martyrs
31st August
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...
England Owes Much to the Benedictines
8th September
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...
Birthday Of Our Lady
9th September
Saint Peter Claver
In the early 17th century the Spanish Empire was at the height of its powers. Colonies had been established throughout South America, and Spain was...
Friend of the Slaves
10th September
Blessed Agnellus of Pisa
Blessed Agnellus is a saint very dear to the hearts of all Franciscans in Britain because it was St. Francis himself who sent him on a mission to...
The First Franciscan to Set Foot in England
12th September
The Holy Name of Mary
Today we are celebrating the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Catholic Church after the name of Jesus there is no name more loved...
What a Powerful Name!
13th September
Saint John Chrysostom
The preaching of a priest was so eloquent and effective that it earned him the nickname Chrysostom, the Golden Mouth. Yet his words were seldom...
A Fearless Critic
17th September
The Stigmata of Saint Francis
Francis loved Jesus. His heart's desire was to be another Christ. Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness fasting and praying. So Francis in...
A Sign of How God Approved of a Saint's Life
18th September
Saint Joseph of Cupertino
Joseph Desa led a difficult and lonely life, often unwanted and rejected, but God certainty wanted him and used him to bring healing and...
A Misjudged Saint
19th September
Saint Januarius
St. Januarius was one of the martyrs of the early Church. He shed his blood for the faith in the year 305, and ever since then his blood and his...
The Saints Never Forget Us
23rd September
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
Padre Pio’s name is known throughout the world as a holy Capuchin friar who received in his own body the marks of Christ's wounds. Much has been...
God's Special Confessor
24th September
Our Lady of Walsingham
Walsingham was to England what Lourdes is to France. People from all over Europe would travel there to honour Our Lady. But it is much more ancient,...
For Love of Our Lady
26th September
Saints Cosmas and Damian
Two brothers who put their Christian faith into practice by serving the sick were born in Southern Turkey sometime in the third century. They both...
Christian Doctors
27th September
Saint Vincent de Paul
He was the son of a French farmer but made many aristocratic friends, winning the confidence of a queen and raising huge sums of money for charity....
Friend Of The Poor
28th September
Saint Wenceslaus
The saint whose name is well-known to us from the 'Good King Wenceslaus' carol was not in fact a duke! His grandparents had been devout converts,...
Mark My Footsteps
29th September
Saints Michael, Gabriel & Raphael
What part do angels play in your spiritual life? It would be very sad if the answer is very little. They have a function in Heaven as the servants...
Do We Ask Our Powerful Friends for Help?
30th September
Saint Jerome
As the patron saint of librarians artists have often depicted Jerome as a dedicated scholar working quietly and untroubled by the outside world. This...
A Life of Biblical Proportions!