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Seven Quick Takes: My New Book on Fatima

1. I am so excited to share with you my new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World. It is now available for pre-order at TAN Books and at Amazon. Here is a description of my book: Fatima. Few place-names in the Christian world conjure up such powerful images and associations than this humble town in Portugal. For it was there that Our Lady...

Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo, Patron of Peru

  The saint of the day for March 23 is Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo also known as St. Toribio de Mogrovejo. Together with St. Rose of Lima, St. Turibius of Mongrovejo is the first known saint of the New World, serving the Lord in Peru, South America, for 26 years. Born in Spain and educated for the law, he became so brilliant a scholar that...

Saint Lea of Rome: Wife, Widow, Religious

Today, March 22, we celebrate the liturgical memorial of Saint Lea of Rome (died 384), a Roman noblewoman who upon the death of her husband, entered consecrated life. Much of what we know about Saint Lea, we learn through the writing of Saint Jerome. She was born into wealth and privilege and married up the social ladder. However, shortly after her marriage, she was widowed....

Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello: wife, religious, foundress

  The saint of the day for March 21st is Saint Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello (also known as St. Benedicta Cambiagio Frasinello). Benedetta Cambiagio Frassinello was born on October 2, 1791 in Langasco (Genoa) Italy; she died on March 21,1858 in Ronco Scrivia in Liguria. She was a wife, religious and foundress. She let the Holy Spirit guide her through married life to the work of...

St. Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary and patron of the universal Church

Today is the solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron of the universal Church. On May 31, we honor St. Joseph as the patron of workers. Most of the reliable information on St. Joseph is contained in the first two chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Here we discover that Joseph was of royal descent...

St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland

  March 17 is the feast of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. He was a missionary and bishop and is known as the “Apostle of Ireland.” St. Patrick is the patron saint of: engineers, excluded people, those who fear snakes, and snake bites. St. Patrick was born in Wales about 385 AD. His given name was Maewyn. Until he was 16, he considered...

St. Louise de Marillac: Patroness of Social Workers

  The saint of the day for March 15 is St. Louise de Marillac, the co-founder, with Saint Vincent de Paul, of the Daughters of Charity. She is the patroness of: disappointing children, those rejected by religious orders, widows, sick people, and social workers. Louise was born in Ferrières-en-Brie (near Meaux), Auvergne, France, on August 12, 1591. Born out of wedlock in Paris in 1581,...

St. Matilda, Queen of Germany

May 14 is the feast of St. Matilda, the Queen of Germany and wife of Henry I. She was born in Engern, Westphalia, Germany in 895 to Count Detrich and his wife, Reinhild. Raised by her grandmother, an abbess, she entered into an arranged marriage with King Henry the Fowler of Saxony in 909. Matilda became the mother of: Otto I, Emperor of Germany; Henry,...

St. Roderick of Cordoba, Priest and Martyr

The saint of the day for March 13 is St. Roderick of Cordoba. Also known as Ruderic, he was a priest in Cabra, Spain during the persecution of Christians by the Moors. Roderick had two brothers, one was a Muslim and the other, a fallen-away Catholic. One day, he tried to stop an argument between his two brothers. However, his brothers turned on him and...

St. Seraphina: Patron of the Poor and the Physically Challenged

Today’s saint, St. Seraphina, also known as Fina, is a great inspiration for those who suffer from poverty and illness, especially young people. She is the patron of the disabled and those who are physically challenged. Seraphina was born to a poor family in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy in 1238. Her father died when she was very young and her widowed mother went to work,...