Today is the feast day of one of Jesus' closest friends, Saint Martha. Martha often gets a bad rap because when Jesus visited her house, she complained that she was doing all the work while her sister Mary sat at his feet. A lot of us can identify with Martha, and the lesson that Jesus taught us through her is so important. We should take all our worries and put them into the hands of Jesus. Watch this video for more!
On 26 July we celebrated the feast day of the parents of Mary, Saint Joachim and Saint Ann. Can you imagine what it would have been like to be the grandparents of Jesus? Watch this video reflection for more, as we pray for all our grandparents!
St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Beretta have been chosen as the patrons of the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. John Paul II, who was canonised on April 27, is the founder of these events. And Gianna Beretta was a pediatrician and mother of four, who passed away in 1962. Watch this video for more!
St. Mary Magdalene was the first witness to the resurrection of Jesus. She had stood with Mary, Mother of God, at the foot of the Cross on that brutal Good Friday afternoon and had been by the side of Mary during these difficult hours. On Easter morning, she went with the other women to the tomb and it was there, in the garden near the tomb, that Jesus appeared to her. It was she who brought the news of the Resurrection to the Apostles, and Peter and John raced to the tomb to see what had happened.
The Papua New Guinean community in Sydney celebrated recently the feast day of Bl. Peter To Rot, himself a Papuan who was martyred during World War II for his defence of marriage.
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, also known as Lily of the Mohawks, is the first Native American to be declared a Saint. Known for her devotion to the Eucharist and to Jesus Crucified, she died on April 17, 1680 at the age of twenty-four. We celebrate the feast day of Saint Kateri on 14 July. Watch this video to learn more about this inspiration Catholic saint!
When Pope Francis goes to South Korea in August, he will put 124 martyrs on the path to sainthood. Many in this group established the Catholic Church in the East Asian country. "They are ... the fathers, of the (103) Korean martyrs, who really founded the Catholic Church with their blood, with their faith, compassion ... their blood shed for Christ," said Legion of Christ Father Simon Chung of Seoul. Visit this article to read more.
There are many people in the early Church that are on key importance, but none more so than Saint Peter and Saint Paul. They both represent fundamental, and difference, archetypes in the life of the Church. In this video, Fr. Robert Barron looks at the rich legacies of each of these great saints of the Catholic Church.
On July 3rd we celebrate the feast day of St. Thomas the Apostle, one of the more famous and likeable of the apostles. Just like Thomas, at one time or another we all have doubts and struggle to believe. But after seeing Jesus, Thomas reacted with a beautiful declaration of faith. Watch this video reflection for more as we celebrate today's feast!
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has received permission from the Vatican to open a sainthood cause for a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati who ministered to people on the frontier in the Southwest in the 1870s and 1880s.
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