On 8 March, the Catholic Church celebrates the extraordinary life of St. John of God. This Saint lived through decades of sin and suffering before a profound conversion that led him to embrace poverty, humility and charity. He died in prayer, with his face pressed against the figure of Christ, on the night of March 7, 1550. St. John of God was canonized in 1690, and has become the patron of hospitals and the dying.
The film “Vision” tells the story of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun who was also a composer, philosopher, physician, and an ecological activist. Needless to say that she was a pioneer in many of these fields during the Medieval times of Germany.
The Church teaches that the Eucharist the source and summit of Christian life. On 3 March, the Church honours an American woman who had an incredible devotion to the Eucharist - St. Katharine Drexel . Watch this video to find out more about her life.
Speaking to a packed crowd in the Paul VI Audience Hall, Pope Benedict XVI delivered his general audience speaking about Saint Francis de Sales. A seventeenth century bishop who worked to convert the many Protestants of Geneva at the time back to Catholicism. The Pope called him a revolutionary in his call for lay people to be saints.
The path to sainthood is a long road that may or may not end with the pope canonizing someone as a saint. The step before canonization is the opening of a cause for beatification, something that doesn't happen at every Mass, especially in places like Kansas City, Missouri. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception recently had this honor for Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey. The French nun and founder of the House of the Virgin Mary.
In the Middle Ages, mapmakers, faced with uncharted areas, labeled the unexplored lands "hic sunt dragones" -- here be dragons. While satellite tracking may have removed the geographical unknown, there are still many mysterious paths in the journey of life, where events and choices lead one out of what we blithely call today our "comfort zone."
Pope Benedict XVI has blessed a new sculpture of Saint Maroun outside St. Peter's Basilica. Maroun is the most famous Lebanese saint and the father of the Maronites. In his left hand he holds a small Maronite style church and at his feet is an inscription in Arabic along with a psalm.
The Archdiocese of Chicago has begun a new phase of the investigation that could ultimately canonize Fr. Augustus Tolton. As the first African-American to become a priest, Fr. Tolton demonstrated remarkable patience, courage and dedication to his ministry during a time of widespread injustice.
Padre Pio, an Italian monk from an obscure town,changed the lives of Catholics around the world by his prayers, his holy example, and his spiritual advice. Over 500,000 people were present in St. Peter's Square for his canonization, and people have called this simple monk the holiest man of the 20th Century. He was the first priest to recieve the Stigmata, and one of the few saints gifted with bilocation.
A few Catholic mystics, especially towards the beginning of the twentieth century, actually did enjoy a continual, even life-long, conversational interaction with their guardian angels.
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