Meet the Newest Saints of the Church

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Oct 14, 2019 3:17:31 PM

This past Saturday, tens of thousands of people crowded into St. Peter's Square in Rome to celebrate as Pope Francis canonized five new saints. Read on to learn about their remarkable lives.

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Topics: holiness, John Henry Newman, saints, universal call to holiness, Margherita Bays, Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, Dulce Lopes Pontes, Giuseppina Vannini

Thérèse of Lisieux, Saint of the 'Little Way'

Posted by Elizabeth Tomasek on Oct 1, 2019 7:03:00 AM

“If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul (Rockford: Tan Books, 1997), p. 2

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Topics: Little Way, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, saints

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Compassionate Mystic

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Sep 23, 2019 12:02:09 PM

As the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina today (1887–1968), who is more affectionately known as Padre Pio, Christians everywhere can draw important spiritual lessons from this beloved mystic’s balance of compassion and “tough love.”

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Topics: Confession, saints, Padre Pio

How a Parish Builds on the St. Pius X Message of Renewal

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Aug 21, 2019 9:25:10 PM

Our secular society may speak too much about renewal in mundane, temporary terms (“renewing” a driver’s license) or as an impersonal, policy-driven turnaround (“urban renewal”). But on August 21, the feast day of Pope St. Pius X, it’s helpful to ponder how the Catholic Church thinks about renewal, especially in light of the motto associated with this first Pope elected in the 20th century: “to renew all things in Christ.”

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Topics: saints, feast days

The Imperishable Crown of St. Stephen, King of Hungary

Posted by Stephen Barany on Aug 16, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Stephen, King of Hungary. History remembers him for his unification and establishment of Hungary around the year 1000, but the Church venerates him because of his dedication to God and the welfare of his people.

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Topics: saints, liturgical year, St. Stephen of Hungary

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