Mother Teresa's life sounds like a legend. The Albanian girl who entered an Irish order to go to India as a missionary and became an "Angel of the Poor" for countless people. She was greatly revered by Christians as well as Muslims, Hindus and unbelievers, as she brought the message of Christian love for one's neighbor from the slums of Calcutta to the whole world. Fr. Leo Maasburg was there as her close companion for many years, and tells her story in a new book, "Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Personal Portrait".
On 8 November, we celebrate the feast of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, who wrote a famous prayer to the Holy Trinity. Watch this video to find out more!
November 4th is the feast of St. Charles Borromeo - a 16th century Bishop and Cardinal died at the young age of 46. During his lifetime, St. Charles opened reformed Seminaries to train future Priests in holiness. Watch this video to learn more about this great saint!
November 3rd is the feast of St. Martin De Porres, the son of a Spanish Knight and a freed African slave. Watch this video to learn more about his story!
Fr. Jack is back, this time hitting the streets of New York City’s East Village to find out what people know about the saints. Are they all perfect people? Do they have to be Catholic? What are their best qualities? Follow our friend and colleague, Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, as he journeys the city to find out what people know.
November 1st is All Saints Day. Why does the Catholic Church celebrate this feast day? Isn't it a bit old fashioned? In this video, Fr. Robert Barron reflects on the famous quote: "there is only real sadness in life - not to be a saint", in light of the feast of All Saints.
On 28 October, we celebrate the feast of the Apostles Simon and Jude. Watch this video for a reflection on these saints - whose lives show us that anything is possible with God!
St. Joseph offers believers a model for building trust in God during the newly-announced Year of Faith. “This was a man of faith, like Abraham. He was being asked to believe the impossible,” said Father Joseph Chorpenning, who compiled two decades of research and lectures in his book “Joseph of Nazareth Through the Centuries”.
On October 25, the Catholic Church honors the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales, who died resisting the royal takeover that gave rise to the modern-day “Church of England” in the 16th and 17th centuries. When Pope Paul VI canonized the 40 saints in 1970, he looked forward to “the day when, God willing, the unity of the faith and of Christian life is restored” in the once-Catholic nations, with due respect for “the legitimate prestige and the worthy patrimony of piety and usage proper to the Anglican Church.”
Sunday's Angelus on 23 October 2011, was marked by the 85th anniversary of World Mission Sunday. It was also a day when Benedict XVI declared three new saints. Among them are two Italians, Guido Maria Conforti and Luigi Guanella. Also included is Spanish nun Boniface Rodríguez. While remembering the role these new saints played in the Church, the pope spoke about brotherly love. Watch this video for more.
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