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Tribute to “The Little Poor One,” St. Francis of Assisi

Many have believed that St. Francis of Assisi lived more like Jesus Christ than anyone else ever did. His identification with Jesus was so great that he developed the Stigmata, the five excruciating wounds Christ bore when he was crucified. Francis...

Moments of Grace

St. John Paul II had one of the longest reigns as Pope in Church history; when he was elected in 1978, he became not only the first Pope from Poland, but the first non-Italian Pope in over 450 years. Most experts agree he helped change the course of...

St. Thomas Aquinas: A Spiritual Guide for Our Age

On Tuesday 28 January 2020, as the Church celebrated the liturgical memorial of the Angelic Doctor, Saint Thomas Aquinas, I was drawn to words written by Pope Benedict XVI: “Aquinas reminds us with his very life, that it is always illumined by...

Christmas with the Saints

In his apostolic exhortation on the call to holiness in today’s world, Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis says: The saints now in God’s presence preserve their bonds of love and communion with us (no.4). As Christmas is practically on our doorstep...

Praying with St. Padre Pio

For quite some time I have been graced by accompanying Padre Pio’s prayer groups within the various friaries I have been sent to by my Capuchin superiors. These prayers did not occur in a vacuum. They are intimately connected with Saint Pio of...

The Nature of Augustine’s Confessions

On Friday, October 18th, I had the joy of attending an interesting lecture given by Rev. Prof. Salvino Caruana OSA on the Confessions of St. Augustine. In this very intriguing lecture, I learned the four characteristics which make up...

The Power of Small Deeds

St. Teresa of Calcutta reportedly said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” The thought is inspiring, but it raises two questions, “What kinds of ‘small things’ does it apply to?” and “How will those...

Do You Know Rose?

It is not uncommon for the expression of love to change as the years pass. A dramatic example is the life of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop.   She was born in Lenox, Massachusetts in 1851, but spent her childhood years in Liverpool, England because her...