St. Francis of Assisi

Francis and the Portiuncula

Walking into the vast basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi, perhaps the last thing you might expect to see is another church. But you do expect it, because it is why you have come. Despite its size and grandeur, some pilgrims barely look around the larger basilica. They make a beeline for the small, humble chapel in the […]

Is Holiness Weird?

The lives of the saints are beautiful testimonies to the Catholic Faith. In fact, Pope Benedict XVI said that along with evangelizing power of beauty, the lives of the saints are the “true apology of Christian faith, the most convincing demonstration of its truth.” Immersing ourselves in the stories of our predecessors should remind us that holiness is possible and […]

Daily Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon and Confessor) The Memorial of St. Francis […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

“What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, God and the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon) The Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1286) is October 4. Please share on social media. […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

“Wherefore, O you sons of men, how long will you be dull of heart? (Ps 4,3). Why do you not recognize the truth and believe in the Son of God (Jo 9,35)? Behold: daily he humbles himself (Phil 2,8) as when from heaven’s royal throne (Wisd 18,15) he came down into the womb of the Virgin. Daily he himself comes […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon and Confessor) The Memorial of St. Francis […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

“Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, to thee, All glory, honor, praise, and blessing be. Thou only art deserving of the same; No man is worthy to pronounce thy name.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon, from The Canticle of the Sun) The Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1286) is October 4. Please share on social media. Print this […]

Why Do We focus on the Death of Christ?

When I was younger I watched a South Park episode about the premiere of the movie, The Passion of the Christ, in which the characters determined that it was silly for people to focus on the death of Jesus, arguing that we should merely focus on His life instead. At the time, I was enamored with this simple thought and succumbed […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Francis of Assisi

"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

“We ought, indeed, to confess all our sins to a priest, that we may receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, because whoever does not eat his flesh and drink his blood cannot enter into the kingdom of God. We must also each of us partake of this sacrament worthily, for ‘he who eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth […]