Hello Everyone! This month we heard many stories of brave men and women just like you and me,
I love being Catholic, I really do. I love family traditions, and I thrive on routines, and both of these are cental to the Church.
I hope you have been blessed by our "Saints Among Us" devotions and have had the opportunity grow closer to Christ and his call you to become saints.
St. Dominic is the creator of the Dominican order, officially recognized by the Church in 1216.
I love a good story don't you? Especially when it has something to offer in teaching or reminding me to look deeper at the simple.
I find it incredible that a short, ragged, barefoot man who lived 800 years ago still influences people to this day.
Blessed John Soreth was born in 1394 in Normandy and ordained a priest in 1417. It was in Normandy that he entered the Carmelite house.
So True! Have a beautiful Sunday:)
We've seen dozens of faces in poverty over the years brought about by war, famine as a result of drought, dictatorship which cuts off the opportunties of education.
Fr. Jacques Hamel is a modern martyr of our church
For all the saints who from their labors rest, who Thee by faith before the world confessed; Thy name, Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia!
And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, steals on the ear the distant triumph song, and hearts are brave, again, and arms are strong. Alleluia, Alleluia!
For in secret the holy children of good people offered sacrifices, and with one accord agreed to the divine law, so that the saints would share alike the same things, both blessings and dangers; and already they were singing the praises of the ancestors.Wisdom 18:9
The first time I heard about St Jose Sanchez del Rio was shortly before Easter of this year. A family friend asked me if I could make her a felt doll to hide in her son’s suitcase before he left on a mission trip to Mexico. I agreed to make it, and then raced off to Google to find out all I could about him so that I could design a fitting doll. His story brought me to tears.
Born in 1913 in Mexico, he was one of four children and loved his faith. He was 12 years old when the Cristero Wars began and Catholics were persecuted. Priests were killed, churches were burned, Catholic schools were closed, and many were martyred. His two brothers were in the army, and despite his young age, he wrote to one of the Cristero generals begging to be allowed to fight as well. He was granted permission to be a flag bearer.
While in battle one day, he was captured while giving his horse to a general whose horse had been killed. He was asked to denounce his faith and the Cristero cause, but he refused. They locked him in a church that had been converted into a prison, where they were also keeping their expensive fighting roosters for cock fights. Jose was angry and said, “This is not a barnyard!” and killed them all. Soon after, the enemy decided to kill him.
On the way to his execution, the soldiers tortured him by cutting off the soles of his feet, and repeatedly striking him with their machetes. They forced him to walk barefoot across gravel roads to his grave, and even made him walk across salt. With every blow, he shouted “Viva Cristo Rey!” which means “Long Live Christ the King!” As he walked through town, he prayed the Rosary for his enemies. The soldiers told him, “If you say ‘Death to Christ the King” we’ll spare your life,” to which he replied, “Viva Cristo Rey.” The commander ordered the soldiers to bayonet him, but with every stab he cried louder and louder, “Viva Cristo Rey!” The commander grew so angry that he eventually pulled out his own pistol and shot him on the spot.
Let us pray that we will always have the strength and courage to defend our Faith as passionately as young St Jose Sanchez del Rio. Viva Cristo Rey!
To Jesus through Mary-Adrianna Tucker
Italian layman Joseph Mayr-Nusser was a Catholic husband and father. He was a member of the Society of St Vincent de Paul and was actively involved in Catholic Action.
The story of Maria Goretti could happen to anyone.
In September 2015 I was privileged to attend the World Congress of Families in Philadelphia which was also Pope Francis first visit to the United States.
What are the gifts that God has given you to set the world on fire! Consider, sometimes it only takes a spark to get the fire blazing. Where is that spark starting in you today?
Most of us can think of a time we have pitied our current situation, dwelling on the miseries this earthly life has bestowed.
Angelo Roncalli was a totally normal guy.
Venerable Fulton Sheen is an American all-star Saint. He lived from 1895 to 1979, the era of television, radio, music videos, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, bell bottoms, political shifts, the Beetles and the Beach Boys.
Today, I have taken time out of my day to learn about Blessed Oscar Romero. But before I sat down to read more about his life, I am notified on my phone through my news app that at least 27 people have been killed in San Antonio, Texas today (Sunday).
Pier Giorgio Frassati is a popular saint with young adults, especially with the ladies.