Tagged: miracles

St. Andre Bessette: Miracle Man of Montreal

Today is the feast of St. Andre Bessette, who struggled with illness for much of his life, humbly devoted his life to prayer, and served the Lord by comforting the sick and afflicted. Through his intercessory prayers to St. Joseph, many received God’s healing graces. St. Andre Bestte was born on August 9, 1845, near Montreal, Canada as Alfred Bessette. The son of a woodcutter,...

Saint Nicholas: The Real Santa Claus

On December 6, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Nicholas, the real Santa Claus. He was a priest and bishop acclaimed for his charity and his love of children and the poor. Saint Nicholas was born during the fourth century in Patra, a village on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an...

Miraculous Medal Novena begins

The novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal begins on November 19 and continues through November 27. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who was then a 24-year-old novice, three times. On July 18, 1830, the first apparition occurred in the community’s motherhouse. St. Catherine saw a lady seated on the right side of the sanctuary. When St. Catherine approached her,...

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...

Review of Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for Souls

Book Review Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for Souls by Brian Kennelly and Rick Rotundi is the story of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and her battle for souls with Lucifer, the fallen angel. “Mary was the woman whom God dreamed of before the world was made” (Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen). From all eternity, God planned that the Incarnation would happen...

St. Januarius: The Miracle of His Blood Liquefaction

September 19th is the feast of St. Januarius, bishop and martyr. He is the patron saint of Naples, where Catholics assemble three times a year in the Naples Cathedral to witness the liquefaction of a small sample of his his blood which is kept in a sealed vial. St. Januarius was born in Naples and served as bishop of Beneventum (just east of Naples). He...

St. Clare of Assisi: Contemplative, Miracle-Worker, Lover of the Eucharist

August 11 is the memorial of St. Clare of Assisi, the first woman to follow the life of radical poverty practiced by St. Francis of Assisi and co-founder of the Poor Clares. Her nuns are well-known for joyfully embracing lives of radical poverty and penetential austerity as a means of entering into profound communion with Christ crucified. The Lady Clare was born into a wealthy,...

St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

Saint Anthony of Padua with the Infant Christ by Guercino, 1656, Bologna, Italy    By Jean M. Heimann June 13 is the feast of one of my favorite saints — St. Anthony of Padua. He is a Doctor of the Church, a Franciscan priest known as the “Hammer of the Heretics”, the “Wonder-Worker”, and the “Living Ark of the Covenant.” Countless conversions, miraculous healings, and...

Fifteen Ways to Evangelize during the Fatima Centenary

    May 13, 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Feast of the Fatima apparitions, in which Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children – Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia — in Fatima, Portugal six times from May 13, 2017 – October 13, 2017 to ask for prayer and repentance to obtain world peace and the conversion of sinners. Our Lady of Fatima’s messages of...

St. Zita of Lucca, patron saint of housekeepers

April 27 is the feast of St. Zita of Lucca (1212-72), the patron saint of housekeepers, domestic servants, and waitresses. She is also invoked to help find lost keys. She was born in Tuscany, Italy in the village of Monsagrati. Zita came from a poor, but deeply pious family. To help support the family, she became a maid of a wealthy family, Fatinelli, in the...