Tagged: love

St. Anthony Claret: A Man Filled with the Fire of Charity

Today is the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret — a favorite saint that my husband introduced me to over twenty years ago when he gave a teaching on this incredible man of God. I don’t think I have ever heard of any saint who was filled with so much zeal for his apostolate. He was a monk and a mystic who exerted an unusual...

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: “Beloved Disciple to the Sacred Heart”

The saint of the day for October 16 is St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 – 1690). She was selected by God to be a witness to the passionate love He has for each one of us, as symbolized by the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through visions and private revelations, God used her, as His instrument, to spread His love throughout the world. Margaret Mary grew...

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...

Saint Louis IX: King of France, Spouse and Father

August 25 is the optional memorial of Saint Louis IX (1215-1270). A third order Franciscan, he was a just king, a devoted spouse, and the loving father of eleven children. Saint Louis IX, King of France, son of Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile, was born at Poissy, April 25, 1215. Louis was twelve years old when his father’s death made him king. At that...

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:...

Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria

July 5th is the optional memorial of Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria, co-founder of the Barnabites, the religious congregation so called because it was headquartered in St. Barnabas Monastery in Milan. St. Anthony had great devotion to Our Lord crucified. He helped introduce the Forty Hours’ Devotion and initiated the ringing of the church bells on Friday. Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria was born at Cremona, Italy,...

St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican Doctor

April 29th is the feast of my Confirmation saint, St. Catherine of Siena, Caterina di Giacomo di Benicasa (1347 – 1380). As a mystic, activist, reformer, contemplative, and Doctor of the Church, she is one of the most prominent figures in Christian history. Catherine, the youngest of twenty-six children, was born in Siena on March 25, 1347. During her youth she had to contend with...