St. Hilary was a staunch defender of the divinity of Christ. He was a gentle and courteous man, devoted to writing some of the greatest theology on the Trinity, and was like his Master in being labeled a “disturber of the peace.” In a very troubled period in the Church, his holiness was lived out in… Read More

Originally posted at Saint Anthony of Padua loved to preach about God, yet on one occasion, no one in a certain town wanted to listen to him. Sad about the fact that the people had rejected the word of God, but undeterred in a way that saints can often be, St. Anthony went to… Read More

St. Joseph often slips under the radar because of his quiet demeanor and hidden life. However, he has much to teach us about growing in holiness. Here are 5 reasons to discover St. Joseph. 1. He is the Patron Saint of Workers. As men work takes up a great portion of our lives. Often we struggle to… Read More

BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA  An 18th century Spanish Franciscan who founded a string of missions across Mexico and California will be canonized Pope Francis announced on January 15th. Blessed Serra is credited with directly founding 9 missions in California, one in Baja California in Mexico and with reinvigorating established missions in Mexico. The announcement came when… Read More

The historical Christian practice of asking our departed brothers and sisters in Christ—the saints—for their intercession has come under attack in the last few hundred years. Though the practice dates to the earliest days of Christianity and is shared by Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, other Eastern Christians, and even some Anglicans—meaning that all-told it is shared… Read More

The New Year is upon us – and with its coming brings New Year’s resolutions – we are all familiar with them; we have all made them; we have all broken them by January 7…The media is replete with lists of the most popular resolutions which can usually be broken down into three categories: losing,… Read More

AQUINAS Whether goodness has the aspect of a final cause? (Summa Theologica Part 1, Question 5, Article 5, Corpus) (Here we learn from St. Thomas that everything we do is for a good, either perceived as such or a real good. And ultimately our actions are directed to the final good, the ultimate good, God… Read More

This week was another week in RCIA that I wished could have been covered over several days. We discussed the Saints, starting with a prayer known as “The Litany of the Saints.” Among the topics was a brief overview of how a person becomes a officially recognized saint and how that process has evolved over… Read More

Venerable Matt Talbot – (1856 – 1925) From his early teens until age 28 Matt’s only aim in life had been liquor. But from that point forward, his only aim was God. Matt Talbot was born May 2, 1856, the second of twelve children born to Charles and Elizabeth Talbot. In Matt’s early years he… Read More

Ever hear the expression “Truth is stranger than fiction”? When it comes to the lives of the saints, I would propose a few twists on that axiom:Heroic virtue is stronger than superhero powers.Eternal life is greater than worldly success.Truth is more compelling than legend.The Church celebrates the feast of St. Nicholas on December 6. Perhaps… Read More