Tagged: God

The Star: A Must-See Christmas Movie

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Film Description In AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day Bo finds the courage to break free and ends up befriending newlyweds Joseph and Mary. Mary’s kindness soon sets Bo on...

St. Albert the Great: Doctor of the Church

By Jean M. Heimann Today, November 15, the Church celebrates St. Albert the Great, “the light of Germany”, uniquely named the “Universal Doctor” because of his vast knowledge and writings. He was the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. A Dominican priest and the Bishop of Regensburg, Germany, he was the first of the medieval academics to apply Aristotle’s philosophy to Christian...

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: Patroness of Immigrants, Orphans

Image: Francesca Cabrini November 13 is the feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850 – 1917), commonly known as “Mother Cabrini”, the first American citizen to be canonized a saint. Her profound trust in God and her perseverance gave this courageous woman the strength to answer the call of God and to fulfil her mission in this life. Born in Lombardy, Italy in 1850, (one...

Seven Quick Takes: November News

1. This fall has been a particularly busy season for me, as I have been writing new book proposals, doing research for new books, participating in radio interviews, and reading and reviewing several new books. Here are some fabulous fall reads I hope you will enjoy as much as I have. 2. November started off with one of my favorite feast days of the year...

Seven Quick Takes: Fall Blessings

1. We have been blessed with beautiful fall weather here and I have been walking outdoors a lot enjoying the beauty of God in nature. Above are photos of the lake, which I view from my walking path. Below that is the path I walked on today.   2. Our neighborhood has the most beautiful trees. Here is a photo I took of one my favorite...

Divine Mercy Messenger: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

October 5 is the feast of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905 – 1938), a Polish nun who was chosen by Jesus to remind the world of the mystery of God’s merciful love, the devotion to Divine Mercy. Helena Kowalska was born in a small village in west-central Poland, the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation...

14 Spiritual Insights from Saint Vincent de Paul

September 26 is the feast of Saint Vincent de Paul,  the 17th century French priest known for his apostolic work among the poor and marginalized. He was well-known for his charity, humility, and generosity. Saint Vincent de Paul is the patron saint of all works of charity. He is also the patron of charitable societies, horses, hospitals, lost articles, prisoners, volunteers, and spiritual help. Here are his...

Powerful Prayers to Pray for Patriot Day

Today is Patriot Day, the 16th anniversary of 9-11, when al-Qaida terrorists attacked the U.S., hijacking passenger airplanes and flying them into each of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth plane went down in a Pennsylvania field after passengers attempted to regain control. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist...

Top Ten Quotes from St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

August 9 is the feast of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (also known as Edith Stein), virgin and martyr, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, who later became a Discalced Carmelite nun and was martyred at Auschwitz. She is the patron saint of converted Jews, loss of parents, martyrs, and World Youth Day. Here are ten powerful quotes from Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross:...

Paschal Baylon: “Saint of the Holy Eucharist”

The saint of the day for May 17th is St. Paschal Baylon (May 24, 1540 – May 15, 1592), a lay brother and Spanish mystic. Born in a small village in between Castille and Aragon in Spain, on Pentecost in 1540, he was christened Pascua (meaning “the pasch of the Holy Ghost”) in honor of the feast. As a young man, until he was twenty-four...