Tagged: Jesus

Saint Mark the Evangelist, The “Lion”

St. Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second Gospel, is commonly identified as “John Mark” in the Acts of the Apostles (12:12, 25; 15:37). He is the patron saint of: attorneys, notaries, prisoners, and stained glass workers. Born a Jew, he was baptized and instructed in the faith by St. Peter the Apostle and traveled with him to Rome. He had a close relationship...

Saint Anslem: Benedictine monk and Doctor of the Church

April 21 is the feast of Saint Anslem, a Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and theologian, who held the office of archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. He is a Doctor of the Church who is known as “the most luminous and penetrating intellect between St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas” and “the Father of Scholasticism.” He preferred to defend the Faith using intellectual reasoning...

St. Agnes of Montepulciano, Dominican Mystic

April 20 is the feast of St. Agnes of Montepulciano, a Dominican abbess and foundress in medieval Tuscany. Seventy years after Agnes died St. Catherine of Siena made a pilgrimage to the shrine of this famous Dominican foundress. As St. Catherine bowed to kiss Agnes’ foot, the saint raised it up toward her so she would not have to bend so far. Catherine may not...

The Easter Triduum: Entering Into the Heart of Our Faith

Today begins the holiest and most important time of the Church year — the Easter Triduum. It commemorates the heart of our faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Sacred Triduum begins with Holy Thursday, which marks the end of the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday,...

Tuesday of Holy Week: Love, Denial, and Betrayal

Readings In his Last Supper story, John interweaves two contrasting strands: the apparent failure and ultimate triumph of Jesus. Even among the Twelve, one close follower would betray Jesus; another would deny him, and in general they did not grasp what he tried to tell them on the eve of his Passion. But the Evangelist knows that Jesus himself faced this supreme trial with a...

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....

Feast of the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

“The family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love… The family is an intermediate institution between individuals and society, and nothing can completely take its place… The family is a necessary good for peoples, an indispensable foundation for society and a great and lifelong treasure for couples. It is a unique good for children, who are meant to be...