Not Scared Off By the Frights of This World!

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For some reason, humans like to be scared – we don creepy masks to freak out friends, pay inordinate amounts to watch...

JP2: A Life in Pictures

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Karol Wojtyla was born in Wadowice, Poland, on May 18, 1920 to Karol and Emilia.  He had an older brother 13 years his...

Good Pope John

Good Pope John

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We had an exciting announcement from the Vatican this week:  Pope Francis revealed that the canonization of two beloved...

Becoming Him Whom We Eat and Drink

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My novitiate year as a Capuchin Franciscan was one of the best years of my life. One of the best things about my year of...

Of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

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Most people know her as the “Little Flower”, which is a name by which St. Therese refers to herself in her autobiography...

The Church’s Holy Grouch

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Some saints need public relations work.  Saint Jerome (347-420) may well be first in line.  If the Little Flower might be fun...

My Friend Padre Pio

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It has been reported that I've been seen in two places at the same time. But unlike Padre Pio, who possessed a true gift of...

Extraordinary Ordinary

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I wish I could remember what she said, how her hands felt, how she looked.  I wish I could say that day changed my life...

Becoming Perfect Praise

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Providing a brief introduction to St. Augustine is a bit akin to summarizing the biography and works of William Shakespeare in...

To Renew All Things in Christ

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The Universal Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Pius X on August 21.  However, at Saint Pius X in Granger, we celebrate our...

The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century

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I remember when I was invited to select a saint for Confirmation along with my 8th grade classmates.  Being 25% Polish, I...

Joy in the Lord

Joy in the Lord

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What could have inspired a young, Italian noblewoman to leave everything she knew behind to begin a new and radical life? St....

One Human Family

One Human Family

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As we remember Edith Stein's martyrdom today, we recall the words of Blessed John Paul II from her canonization homily:...

Be a Bearer of the Light of Faith!

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He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to...

In Uncompromising Devotion

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In college seminary, I developed an admiration and devotion to St. John Vianney, starting during the “Year of the Priest.”...

Keeping Track of Christ

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Seven years ago, my Jesuit superiors missioned me to study theology in Rome. I would live at the college of the Gesù, the...

The Lily of the Mohawks

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In 1656, a daughter was born to a Christian Algonquin woman and a Mohawk Chief.  Named Kateri, she began her life in a...

Spreading the Love

Spreading the Love

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A young girl, baptized Juana Enriqueta Josefina de los Sagrados Corazones Fernández y Solar, was born in Santiago Chile on...

Holiness is for Everyone

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It's a miracle worthy of examination.  You've finally made a promise to yourself and God to get up early, read the...

A Mysterious Sanctity

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It's not easy to figure out what made Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati so remarkable. It is easy to understand why people loved to...

Little Girls Can Surprise You

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Saints have a way, it seems, of lending themselves to the times and cultures which need them most. That is why some spend...

Celebrate American Saints

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The history of the Catholic Church in the United States is blessed with examples of heroic and holy women and men who gave...

Peter and Paul & the Unity of Faith

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Tomorrow at St. Peter's in Rome, Archbishop Tobin of Indianapolis, along with all those named a metropolitan archbishop...

Holiness in Ordinary Life?  Are You Crazy?

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If some ordinary lay person living in the middle of the world before October 2, 1928, the date God founded Opus Dei through St....

Holy Foolishness

Holy Foolishness

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“He must increase; I must decrease.”[1] This is the goal of our lives. John the Baptist did not say, ‘I must cease to...