• Father Michael McGivney: A Likely Patron for Every Parish Priest

    The saints are not really like you and me. But Father Michael McGivney comes very close, and for that reason, he will be an attractive patron for parish priests. A clarification: There are no canonized saints who are like you and me. The vast majority of all those in heaven were... Read more
  • ‘Let Michael be the miracle’ – The baby healed through Fr. McGivney’s prayers

    Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, will be beatified Oct. 31. This is the story of the miracle attributed to his prayers. Catholics have a whole host of saints to choose from in times of trouble or anguish. There’s St. Rita, patroness of the impossible, St. Dymphna,... Read more
  • “A Path to Discipleship:” Supreme Knight reflects on Blessed Michael J. McGivney

    In his annual report delivered to the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus this summer, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said that through the spiritual genius of Fr. Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus “became the way for Catholic men to transform friends into brothers —... Read more
  • Why is St. Jude the patron of hopeless cases?

    During the 1st century Judah was a common name among Jews, and when Jesus called 12 men to become his apostles, he chose two with the name Judah. Based on the original Greek text this was rendered in Latin as Judas and for many centuries there wasn’t a linguistic separator between Judas... Read more
  • The Legacy of Father Michael McGivney, Holy Priest

    On Oct. 31, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut, Father Michael J. McGivney will be beatified, 23 years after the opening of his cause in 1997 in the Archdiocese of Hartford. On May 27, Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to his intercession,... Read more
  • Carlo Acutis’ principal: He’s a beacon for children and young people

    Sister Miranda is the director of the school where the newly beatified computer expert, Carlo Acutis, studied. He died in 2006 at the early age of 15. She tells how part of Carlo’s greatness lies precisely in his simplicity and reserve, which at first sight made him seem like just one more... Read more
  • The Heroically Ordinary Life of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

    By nature of our vocations, Christ calls us fathers and husbands to die, to a martyrdom of self. He calls us to lay down our lives for our brides and our families, dying to our selfish desires. St. Paul could not be clearer on this point (see Ephesians 5:25-27). It is a metaphorical death, to... Read more
  • St. John Paul II & the Theology of the Family

    On April 2, 2005, the Pope lay dying. After a nearly-27 year pontificate, one of the most famous men in the world was on his death bed. I sat at home, alone, and watched news coverage of this holy man’s last hours. That afternoon, the pope died. A few days later, as I watched coverage of his... Read more
  • Killer of martyred Italian nun: ‘I can have of her only a memory of love’

    The three teenage girls who killed Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti 20 years ago attested afterward that, while they were stabbing the 60-year-old religious sister to death, she told them she forgave them. “The sister cried out. She said she would not report us. That she forgave us,” Milena De... Read more
  • Imitating Mary The Contemplative

    We find Mary throughout the Gospel of Luke contemplating the birth and childhood of Jesus. When the shepherds tell her about the angels’ Gloria in Excelsis Deo, she keeps this incident in her heart and meditates on it. She does the same thing after finding the twelve-year-old Jesus in... Read more