Tagged: Saint Quotes

Saint John Damascene: Doctor of Christian Art

December 4th is the feast of Saint John Damascene, Patristic Father and Doctor of the Church. Saint John Damascene (also known as St. John of Damascus) was born In Damascus, Syria around 676 AD into a rich family and spent the early years of his adult life serving as the official representative of the Christian community to the Muslim Caliph. He later abandoned this political...

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

November 21 is the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the fact that the parents of Our Lady brought her to the Temple and handed her over to live there for a long period as a virgin consecrated to the Temple, contemplating God exclusively. Also known as the Dedication of the Blessed Virgin Mary,...

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...

St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor

Image: The Meeting between Leo the Great (painted as a portrait of Leo X) and Attila On November 10, the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor. St. Leo the Great was born in Rome of Italian nobility. As a deacon of the Church, he opposed the heresy of Pelagianism, which taught that grace was not necessary for salvation, but was...

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 Quotes from the Saints on Sanctity

Happy All Saints’ Day! The Solemnity of All Saints is the day when the Church honors every saint, known and unknown. While we have information about many saints, and we honor them on specific days, there are many unknown or unsung saints, who may have been forgotten, or never been honored specifically. On All Saints’ Day, we celebrate these holy individuals, and ask for their...

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. John of Capistrano: Victor for Jesus

The saint of the day for October 23 is St. John of Capistrano, a great Franciscan priest, preacher, and theologian who promoted devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. He is the patron saint of chaplains, military chaplains, and judges. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, the son of a former German knight of that city. He studied law at the University of...

St. Paul of the Cross: Founder of the Passionists

Today, October 20, is the feast of St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775), Italian priest, mystic, and founder of the Passionist Congregation. Paul was born in Ovada, in northern Italy as Paolo Francesco Danei, the second oldest of sixteen children, eleven of whom died in infancy. His father was from a noble family that had been reduced to poverty over the years. His parents were...