St. Therese of Lisieux, the ever-popular and loved patron saint, affectionately known as “The Little Flower”, has her feast day on October 1st. Catholics the world over devoted to this great saint of The Little Way begin a novena asking for her intercession for their special intention on September 22nd (to end on the eve of her feast).
St. John Chrysostom was a bishop, a renowned preacher, and one of the most celebrated Doctors of the Church. In his day he was considered one of the most important witnesses to the Catholic faith. And, he wrote beautifully on the Sacrament of Marriage as you can read in this homily.
September 12th is the feast day of the Most Holy Name of Mary. In the Catholic Bible, names are very important and often contain carry great significance. When names are providentially given by God as recorded in Sacred Scripture, they are often a clue to His future plans for that person. So, what does the name “Mary” mean?
On the weekend of Mother Teresa’s canonization, we asked the following question for our weekly Friday Freebie giveaway: What causes do you think Mother Teresa should be named the patron saint of, and why? We received nearly 600 comments, and we saved all the unique responses below. Reading through this list is a beautiful tribute to St. Teresa of Calcutta and the depth and breath of her witness for Christ.
“Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not put yourself on a pedestal.” – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Back in 1995, my mom was a young mother with five children. (There are nine of us now.) It was a time of life that was truly testing her limits. She was stretched thin as a wife and mother, trying to raise us while my dad, who worked very long hours, came home late in the evening and usually missed dinner. Money was tight for them, so while all her “mom friends” were able to participate in certain events and activities, my mom was never able to join them.
St. Augustine is one of the most influential doctors of the Catholic Church. He was born in the Roman province of Numidia, North Africa in 354. Born of a pagan father and a Christian mother, St. Monica, his early education was that of a young pagan gentleman. St. Augustine’s infamous life of impurity and practice of Manichaeism reveal the magnitude of his conversion to Christianity, mainly through the intercession of his mother, St. Monica.
Patience is something I pray for constantly. And it’s one of the things I mention in the confessional just as often. I have this vision in my head of what patience is supposed to look like: a mother with a soft expression, gently speaking to her child who has just done something wrong; calmly reprimanding the child who, in turn, is obediently sorrowful.
Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin first met Mother Teresa in the 1970’s when he was a simple priest working with the poor, and she soon had him flying to India (and later New York, Philadelphia, Rome . . . etc.) to give spiritual retreats for her nuns. Listen to the full interview recounting a great spiritual friendship between a holy priest and a holy nun.
One of the most beautiful and universal titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary is her title as Queen, honored on the August 22nd feast of the Queenship of Mary. What does this mean, and what is the Church tradition on this doctrine of the Catholic Faith? Here is a brief overview of the profound mystery of this Marian title.