Tag: Saints

Alicja Lenczewska: Sinner and Mystic 

Of three remarkable women, all Polish and devout Catholics, the most renowned mystic among them is undoubtedly Saint Faustina Kowalska, whose diary is deemed a gem of mystical literature. Less known is Wanda Boniszewska, currently undergoing...

Venerable Alberto Beretta of Milan, O.F.M. Cap.

Alberto Beretta was a talented doctor and a Capuchin priest whose sister Gianna is a saint. He is on the path to sainthood, himself. Here is a short biography of his life. He was born in Italy in 1916, one of thirteen children born to Maria and...

The Greatest of Confessions

The Confessions were written at the end of the fourth century AD by a man just entering middle age, who had recently been made a bishop against his will and needed to come to terms with a past strewn with questionable moral choices in which his...

Saint Leopold Mandic, that “little” great confessor

On Sunday 12 May 2024, while we were celebrating the solemnity of Pentecost there was also the liturgical memorial of St Leopold Mandic. One metre and thirty-five centimeters tall, St Leopold was one of the patrons of the 2015-2016 Jubilee of Mercy...

St Catherine of Alexandria

In late November, we celebrated the great feast of St Catherine of Alexandria. Whenever we think of her we cannot not mention her outstanding courage and resolve to follow Christ until the end. It was not a joke that an eighteen year old woman...

The Saints: Examples of Conversion and Mercy

There are many examples of saints we honor today who in their youth lived worldly, unedifying lives. While heading in one direction, something in their lives led to their conversion, so that they turned things around and began living for God. We...

We Hold This Treasure in Earthen Vessels

The recent liturgical memorial of St Clare was a great blessing for me. Besides the holy life this great follower of St Francis’ ideal lived, an ideal which still inspires and appeals to us today after eight centuries, this liturgical memorial was...

Saint Stanislaus Papczynski: Undisclosed Face of Greatness

What makes a great priest? On May 18th, when the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception celebrate the birthday and liturgical memorial of its founder, Saint Stanislaus Papczynski, it is a good time to reflect on this. John Papczynski...