Saints

"Legend of St. Francis [15] Sermon to the Birds" (detail) by Giotto"Legend of St. Francis [15] Sermon to the Birds" (detail) by Giotto

Misquoting St. Francis

  In a few weeks, I get to go back to one of my favorite places in the world: Assisi. The medieval hillside town is like no other place in this world, and there’s something about walking those streets that has a way of re-calibrating your life.  Many people try to go to Assisi as a day trip, but I’m […]

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, PriestSt. Pio of Pietrelcina, Priest

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Pio of Pietrelcina

“Temptations, discouragement and unrest are the wares offered by the enemy. Remember this: if the devil makes noise, it is a sign that he is still outside and not yet within. That which must terrify us is his peace and concord with the human soul. That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference and apathy.” […]

Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelic DoctorSaint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelic Doctor

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Thomas Aquinas

“Just as a man cannot live in the flesh unless he is born in the flesh, even so a man cannot have the spiritual life of grace unless he is born again spiritually. This regeneration is effected by Baptism: ‘Unless a man is born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’” (St. […]

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

The Mysterious Treasures Buried in Mystagogical Catechesis

The Three Ages of History centered on Christ Incarnate Jesus Christ our Savior is the Lord of all creation! We in the Catholic Church “believe that the key, the center and the purpose of the whole of man’s history is to be found in its Lord and Master.”1 The incarnation of the second person of the Trinity signals the greatest […]

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

“Since grace enhances our human nature and glory adds a still greater perfection to grace, it is certain that our Lord remains in heaven just as much the Son of Mary as he was on earth. Consequently he has retained the submissiveness and obedience of the most perfect of all children towards the best of all mothers.” (St. Louis Marie […]

Photography © by Andy CoanPhotography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Luke 22:31-32

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren.”  (Luke 22:31-32) Print this entry

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco)
Photograph © by Andy CoanMission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

St. Cyprian and Perspective from Persecution

September 16 is the feast of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian, two friends from the early Church who were martyred for the faith.  St. Cornelius was elected Pope after the papacy was vacant for almost a year due to Emperor Decius’ persecution of the Christians.  After this time, during a lull in the persecutions, a disagreement arose regarding admitting back to the […]

Holy Spirit Detail of Chair of St. PeterHoly Spirit Detail of Chair of St. Peter

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Cyprian

“He who deserts the chair of Peter, upon whom the Church was founded, does he trust himself to be in the Church?” (St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage and Martyr, De Catholicae Ecclesiae Unitate, A.D. 251) The Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope ( † A.D. 253) and Cyprian, Bishop ( † A.D. 258), Martyrs is September 16. The Feast of the Chair of Peter, Apostle is […]