6 Ways to Deepen Your Relationship with Your Patron Saint


Cultivating a deeper relationship with your patron saint(s) is one way to grow in your faith and in communion with the Church of the past and the present. These intimate friendships help connect us to heaven, even as we struggle down here below. It is a great consolation to know that we have the heavenly court urging us on and interceding for us before the throne of God. Here are 6 ways to deepen your relationships with your special Patron Saints:

Prayer is Stronger than the Atom Bomb


“Prayer is more powerful than the atom bomb.” — Fr. Hubert Schiffer, Hiroshima survivor August 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atom bomb dropping on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, initiating the end of World War II. You may have heard the miraculous story of Fr. Hubert Schiffer and three of his fellow Jesuit […]

8 Ways to use Holy Water


When we read this quote from St. Teresa of Avila, we should be reminded of the importance of holy water. As a recalling of our baptism and our baptismal promises, Catholics dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. Our baptismal promises included renouncing Satan and disdaining sin. However, I think that most of the time we take holy water for granted. Because we use it so regularly, it’s any easy thing to do.

A Tourist’s View of St. Mary Major Roman Basilica


August 5th is the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome (Santa Maria Maggiore), also known as Our Lady of the Snows. It is one of four major (papal) basilicas, and Rome’s largest and most important church dedicated to Saint Mary.

It is already a major tourist destination, but now even more so as Pope Francis often visits there to pray before an icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the most important and precious image of Mary for the people or Rome, just as he did following his election and before his trip to the Holy Land. This icon of Mary is said to have been painted by St. Luke himself.