Catholics will remember and celebrate the life of the great Arab Church Father St. John of Damascus on Dec. 4. Eastern Orthodox Christians and Eastern Catholics, whose tradition has been particularly shaped by his insights, will celebrate the saint's feast on the same day as the Roman Catholic Church.
Today, why don't you pause for a moment and think about what life is really about? It is so easy to be distracted by the chaos that surrounds us, so take a look at the example of St. John Berchmans in this video to see what really matters in life.
In honour of St. Andrew Dung-Lac and the 117 Vietnamese martyrs of the 19th century, who the Church honors on 24 November, watch this video reflection on the life of a martyr for the faith, and how we can live by their example.
On Wednesday this week, Pope Benedict XVI focused on the life of St. Catherine of Siena, saying that although the 14th century mystic was “aware of the human failings of the clergy,” she had the “greatest reverence” for them. Read more in this article!
In the Pope's general audience this week, he spoke to the crowds about Saint Catherine of Siena, a Dominican tertiary.
Miguel Pro was a Mexican Jesuit Priest, who lived during the early part of the 20th century when the Catholic Church in Mexico went through a terrible persecution. Miguel Pro was martyred for the faith... watch this video find out more about his life and his heroic death.
Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Church music because as she was dying she sang to God. Watch this video for a reflection on her heroic life, and holy death. We celebrate her feast on 22 November.
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne was a French woman who came to America as a missionary in 1818. Her family planted the seeds of the faith in her, by reading stories of the lives of the Saints each day. Little did they know they would have a canonised Saint in their own family. We celebrate her feast on 18 November.
This week, the Pope dedicated his general audience to Saint Juliana of Liège, as part of his catechetical series on "The Role of Women in the Church". St. Juliana was a religious woman and visionary from Belgium, known for her "capacious memory," her gift of prophecy, and religious devotion. Traditionally she is recognised as the promoter of the feast of Corpus Christi.
On 17 November, we honour a woman who was so holy and charitable during her life, that she was canonised only 4 years after her death - Saint Elizabeth of Hungary.
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