"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

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Blessed Charles de Foucauld: Little Brother of Jesus

December 1, 2018

  Born: 15 September 1858 in Strasbourg, France Died: 1 December 1916 (age 58) in Tamanrasset, French Algeria Beatified: 13 November 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI Feast: 1 December The thin, gaunt man knelt quietly on the ground, praying silently as a mass of armed men swept past him and into his hermitage. Although he… Read More ›

St. Albert the Great (by Fr. Cristino Bouvette)

Born: 1205 or 1206 Died: 1280 Beatified: 1622 Canonized: 1931 Feast: 15 November Patron: Scientists I was privileged to be part of a group of pilgrims who attended World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, in 2005. It was a remarkable experience, primarily because it was the first WYD with the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI who was… Read More ›

Heart Speaks to Heart

Blessed John Henry Newman   Born: February 21, 1801 in London, England   Died:  August 11, 1890 in Birmingham, England   Beatified:  September 19, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI   Feast Day: October 9   Patronage: Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Word on Fire Institute[1]   Attributes: Cardinal’s attire   October’s colours and… Read More ›

St. Hildegard of Bingen, O.S.B. – “A Feather on the Breath of God”

Born: 1098 at Bermersheim vor der Höhe, County Palatine of the Rhine, Holy Roman Empire Died: September 17, 1179 (at the age of 81) at Bingen am Rhein, County Palatine of the Rhine, Holy Roman Empire Canonized: May 10, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI Feast Day: September 17 Named Doctor of the Church1: October 7, 2012 “This great woman truly… Read More ›

St. Lawrence of Rome

St. Lawrence of Rome Born: December 31, 225 AD in Huesca, Spain. Martyred: August 10, 258 AD in Rome. Canonized: 4th Century AD Feast Day: August 10 Patronage: Comedians, Librarians, Chefs, Students, Tanners, Miners, Chefs, Roasters/Bbqers, The Poor, Fire Fighters and the Cities of Rome and Huesca. When one thinks of the saints that once walked… Read More ›

St. Ignatius of Loyola

Born: c. October 23,1491 at Azpeitia, Spain (Basque country) Died: July 31, 1556 in Rome, Italy Beatified: July 27, 1609 by Pope Paul V Canonized: March 12, 1622 by Pope Gregory XV Feast Day: July 31 Attributes: Eucharist, chasuble, book, cross Patronage: Society of Jesus, Dioceses of San Sebastián and Bilbao, Bisca and Gipuzkoa; Basque… Read More ›

St Thomas More

St Thomas More Born: February 7, 1477 in London to John and Agnes More Died: executed July 6, 1535, aged 57, London Beatified: 29 December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII Canonized: 19 May, 1935 by Pope Pius XI Feast Day: 22 June (date of St John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester’s execution 2 weeks before More)… Read More ›

St. Athanasius

Born: c. 296 Died: 2 May 373 Patriarch of Alexandria: 8 June 328 Patronage: Theologians       There is a classic phrase associated with one of the most important saints in the history of all the Church: Athanasius Contra Mundum – Athanasius Against the World. St. Athanasius of Alexandria, though having lived more than 1,500… Read More ›

St. Isidore of Seville

St. Isidore of Seville Born: 560 in Cartagena, Spain Died: April 4, 636 in Seville Canonized: 1598 by Pope Clement VIII Feast Day: April 4 Patronage: The Internet, computer technicians, programmers and students While he lived some 1400 years ago during a time when there was no such thing as electricity – never mind computers… Read More ›

St. Frances of Rome, Obl. S.B.

St. Frances of Rome, Obl. S.B. Born: 1384 in Rome Died: March 9, 1440 in Rome Canonized: 1608 by Pope Paul V in Rome Feast Day: March 9 Patronage: Benedictine Oblates, Automobile Drivers, Widows   There are many ways that someone can attempt to visit the Eternal City of Rome. Many will opt to see… Read More ›