An Image of Sanctity

Mother Teresa of Calcutta in 1986 at a public pro-life meeting in Bonn, Germany. © 1986 Túrelio (via Wikimedia Commons), 1986 (Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0 de) An Image of Sanctity

“Why isn’t she a saint yet?” This was the reaction a classmate of mine had to seeing an image of Mother Teresa. And it makes sense. This was a woman known around the world for her charity, compassion, and love of God, and she had yet to be canonized. The timing of his question was pretty good,... [Read more...]

The Fragrance of Faith in the Maccabean Martyrs

The Fragrance of Faith in the Maccabean Martyrs

Faith is like a mustard seed; it is the smallest grain until it grows into the largest bush. But mustard is grown especially to be tasted, and to taste a mustard seed it must be crushed, ground up into a powder so that its savor is unlocked and its aroma fills the room. It is the same with faith; trials... [Read more...]

On the Nature of the Good

On the Nature of the Good

Translator’s Introduction St. Albert the Great (c. 1193 – 1280) entered the Order of Preachers in 1223 and became a renowned teacher of Theology, Philosophy, and Natural Science, writing many works on these subjects, though a number of works attributed to him are spurious. He pioneered the use... [Read more...]

Saintly Fathers & Manly Virtues

Saintly Fathers & Manly Virtues

God is our Father. For Christians, this truth is a fundamental one, yet it has fallen on tough times. I once led a retreat for high school students. The main talk focused on God as our Father. Midway through the retreat, a worried teacher pulled me aside. She was concerned that this discussion of fatherhood... [Read more...]

Seeds from Reading

Alonso Cano, The Miracle at the Well. Seeds from Reading

“Pick up and read, pick up and read.” While in a garden, St. Augustine heard these words spoken by a child and was inspired to pick up Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Reading, he received the grace of conversion which spurred him to entrust himself to Christ and seek baptism. Like St. Augustine, St.... [Read more...]

In the Fisherman’s Net

Mosaic in the Cathedral of Monreale In the Fisherman’s Net

Not ours the wounds, the bloodied flesh, of those fire-tested ancient souls; Theirs the bones for grinding lion’s teeth to gnaw to living bread Or the blood to spell their credo, a sanguine testament witnessed boldly As fisherman’s inverted across the sea from Calvary, dying Death body’s worthier Consort... [Read more...]

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