August 9th is the feast of a Jewish woman who had a doctorate in Philosophy, and converted to Catholicism during her quest for truth. Born Edith Stein, she became a Carmelite Sister and is now known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. Watch this video to reflect on the way she sought the truth, which led her to Christ.
On 8 August, the Church celebrates the feast of Australia's first Saint - Mary MacKillop, known now as St. Mary of the Cross. Watch this video to listen to the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Pell, reflect on the legacy of Mary MacKillop while in Rome for her canonisation on 17 October 2010.
It was 33 years ago, when Pope Paul VI, passed away at the summer residence of Castel Gandolfo. It was the summer of August 6th, 1978. Before becoming pope his name was Battista Montini. He was born in a town near Brescia, Italy in 1897. Watch this video to learn more about his life.
On August 9 the Catholic Church remembers St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, also known as St. Edith Stein. St. Teresa converted from Judaism to Catholicism in the course of her work as a philosopher, and later entered the Carmelite Order. She died in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in 1942. Visit this article to read more.
Hundreds of thousands worldwide will celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop on Monday, 8 August. Not only will schools, parishes and churches across Australia mark the Feast Day of Australia's first Saint, which was officially declared a Solemnity by the Vatican at the request of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in April this year, but the inspiration of Mary MacKillop and the life she led will be celebrated by communities and individuals in Peru, India, Kenya, the US, Scotland, Ireland, Malaysia and Europe.
St. John Vianney is also known as the Cure of Ars. He's the patron of priests, but at one point he was about to leave the seminary, because he couldn't learn Latin. Eventually he overcame the challenge before being ordained. He wasn't really known for having great talents, but nonetheless, during the so called “Year for Priest” in 2010, the Pope said he was a great example for all priests because he fulfilled his mission by leading people to Christ.
4 August is the feast of the Patron Saint of all Priests - St John Vianney, also known as the Curé d'Ars. Watch this video to reflect on a prayer for priests to celebrate this feast day.
During a Mass to celebrate the ninth anniversary of the canonization of St. Juan Diego, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City urged Catholics to follow his example of humility, patience and love of God.
2 August is the feast of St. Peter Eymard, a man known as the Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament, and had a strong devotion to Eucharistic Adoration. Watch this video to reflect on the message of this great Saint.
On August 1, the Catholic Church celebrates St. Alphonsus Liguori, the eighteenth-century bishop who is honored as a Doctor of the Church for his missionary zeal and his accomplishments as a moral theologian. The Catholic Church canonized St. Alphonsus in 1839, and declared him to be a Doctor of the Church in 1871. Visit this article to read more about his life.
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