• St. Bernadette’s Testament of Gratitude

    As we read in Luke 17:12-19, As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean.... Read more
  • Bl. Miguel Pro: Anti-Fascist Martyr

    The twentieth century was witness to the rise of three political ideologies that brought destruction and death to the world and persecution to the Catholic Church. Communism, National Socialism, and Fascism may appear to be at odds in their teachings, but each of these ideologies has the same... Read more
  • The Tender Humanity of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary

    Have you ever stopped to picture Mary as a little girl? No, really. Not floating on air. Not perfectly manicured. Not glowing. But as a little girl. As we come upon the feast of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary, I’m forced to stop and consider that she was…human. That means... Read more
  • Venerable Fulton Sheen to be beatified in December

    The Diocese of Peoria announced Monday that Venerable Fulton Sheen will be beatified Dec. 21 at the city's Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Sheen had been ordained a priest of the diocese in that cathedral Sept. 20, 1919. “It seems entirely fitting that the... Read more
  • The Difference Between English and American Saints

    Although I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, I spent more than 25 years living in England. After being received into the Catholic Church I started to learn more about the English saints. As an Anglican I had already come to know and love the English saints from before the Reformation —... Read more
  • Desperate Times Call for the Saint of Desperate Cases

    There is perhaps no one among us, particularly at this point in our nation’s history, who is not facing a crisis on some level.  Maybe yours is of a financial nature.  Maybe your home is in foreclosure or you are facing a short sale.  Perhaps your marriage needs healing or you are newly... Read more
  • Pope Francis adds feast of Our Lady of Loreto to Roman Calendar

    Pope Francis has decreed that the feast of Our Lady of Loreto be included in the Roman Calendar as an optional memorial to be celebrated on December 10. “This celebration will help all people, especially families, youth and religious to imitate the virtues of that perfect disciple of the... Read more
  • Fulton Sheen on the 4 Last Things: Love Is the Key

    During decades speaking on radio, appearing on his Life Is Worth Living television series, and writing dozens of books, Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen made certain to highlight the Four Last Things — death, judgment, heaven and hell. All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day provide the... Read more
  • Blessed Stanley Rother: The Man, Missionary & Martyr

    Throughout the Church’s dynamic history, we have always celebrated and venerated the myriad variety of saints. From the hyperdulia (greatest degree of reverence) we owe to Our Blessed Mother to the dulia (reverence, respect, honor) we pay to all the other saints, the apostles and... Read more
  • Swiss Guard Offers Glimpse of Pope St. John Paul II’s Holiness and Humor

    Mario Enzler and three other Swiss Guards played cards at an outdoor table, enjoying an Easter break at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer retreat. Then Enzler tossed down a bad card, and his partner uttered a mild curse. Almost simultaneously, the Holy Father’s skullcap landed in the center... Read more