One could argue that Pope Saint John Paul II is the most beloved saint of this century. His life, however, had humble and quite tragic beginnings. By the age of twenty, Karol Josef Wojtyla had lost everyone he loved most deeply and was living on his own in Nazi-invaded Poland. But amidst great trials and […]
Below we’ve put together a gift selection for those who have a devotion to one of our newest (and greatest!) heavenly intercessors. Each of these Catholic gifts commemorating Pope Saint John Paul II will undoubtedly help foster love for and devotion to this new patron saint. And hopefully, with his closeness and intercession, help you to become the saint he desires you to be.
What are the first things you think of when you think of a Carmelite nun? The majority of Catholics would probably think about things like: Silence Solitude Sacrifice Lots of Prayer Lots of Saints Fasting Holiness Bare feet Words that probably DON’T come to mind are: Humor Love of books Friendship And yet these last […]
Did you know that there is a tradition among the Catholic faithful that St. Joseph was bodily assumed into heaven? While not a solemnly defined dogma of the Catholic Faith as is the case with the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is a piously-held belief that St. Joseph, as a reward for the faithful fulfillment of his duties as the guardian and protector of the Holy Family, did not have to wait until the Second Coming of Christ to have his soul reunited to his body.
The Three Hail Mary novena is a very beautiful prayer recited in honor of three of Mary’s special gifts given to her by God: her power, wisdom, and mercy. In this novena we ask her to use these gifts on our behalf to obtain our petitions from God, and most importantly, to help us lead a holier life.
The Holy Rosary is an enormous source of grace and protection, one of the most powerful sacramentals of the Catholic Church. Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the children to whom Our Lady appeared at Fatima, once said, “There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families . . . that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
There is no sacramental or devotion in the Catholic Church that is more widely praised, preached, and practiced than the Holy Rosary. And for good reason . . . it works! Outside of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most powerful prayer is Our Lady’s Holy Rosary. After all, it was given to the faithful as a spiritual weapon by the Blessed Virgin herself!
Below is a tender and powerful litany that St. Faustina wrote to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, her support through the bitter suffering she experienced in her soul, trials allowed by Jesus himself. But first, the strength and beauty of her litany is better appreciated by better understanding the deep interior darkness that her soul was plunged into which produced such a heart-rending prayer.
St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as “The Little Flower,” is the third woman to be declared a Doctor of the Church. She is best known for her “little way”–which is to seek sanctity in everyday life by doing small things with great love. She is, arguably, the most beloved modern saint; her writings are […]
St. Francis of Assisi was one of the greatest saints in Church history. He the first-known saint to receive the stigmata, the very wounds of Christ. This means that he was so unified with the sufferings of Jesus that his body bore physical witness to the fact. Needless to say, he was an excessively intense saint who lived the Gospel to a radical degree. The real St. Francis is much different from the soft, mellow, forest-dwelling friar that he is often portrayed as today.