Remembering Dorothy Day, a "saint of common ground"

She was a woman of our own times — and one who defies easy categorization. This morning, the good people at Huffington Post have just posted this reminiscence from writer and editor Robert Ellsberg: Despite all the sadness and suffering around her, she had an eye for the transcendent. There were always moments when it [Read More...]

"Where shall we find a holy person?"

Fr. Dwight Longenecker  offers some timeless — and timely — advice: Where shall we find a holy person? Where shall we find a saint? It is difficult because the real saint is hidden and humble and holy. Instead of looking for the hidden holy ones we fall for the  celebrity ‘saint’. We want the big [Read More...]

Another American saint?

And a New Yorker, too! The sainthood cause of Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai has taken a significant step forward with a Vatican medical board ruling in favor of a miracle attributed to her intercession. Details, from CNS: According to a news release from her religious community, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann [Read More...]

A miracle for Fr. Peyton?

Maybe. With so much bad news flowing out of Catholic Albany, New York these days, this news is heartening: A possible miraculous cure attributed to Catholic media pioneer Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., could advance the beatification cause of the “Rosary Priest” known for his motto “The family that prays together, stays together.” A tribunal based [Read More...]

"If someone does not know God, introduce them to Avery Gerleman."

That’s the astonishing statement of the doctor who treated a young girl whose extraordinary recovery from a deadly auto-immune disorder is now being investigated as a miracle — one that could nudge the fabled Fr. Emil Kapaun closer to sainthood. An excerpt: On Dec. 4, as the hospital staff put Avery through physical therapy that [Read More...]

Pope receives papers for cause of Fulton Sheen — and reveals that he worked with him

A small but significant step forward for the cause of the man who (I hope) will one day be the patron saint of television (alongside St. Claire, of course). Details: When Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, Ill., presented Pope Benedict XVI with two thick volumes about the life of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, the [Read More...]

A miracle for Kateri?

Maybe.  The Vatican is investigating a case in Washington state that could be tied to the Blessed Native American — a New Yorker, in fact, whose image is depicted in the reredos behind the altar in my parish. Details: Doctors at Children’s Hospital worked miracles five years ago to save a young boy’s life. But [Read More...]

Feel like turning over the tables in the temple? Read this first

John Martens at America’s blog “The Good Word” has a few good words for those who consider themselves the next John the Baptist — or even the next Jesus: John the Baptist was a prophet and Jesus is considered by Christians to be both God and man, the Messiah, Lord, who will come again in [Read More...]

Coming soon: "The Church of Blessed John Paul II"?

It could happen — most notably in the late pontiff’s native Poland. The Vatican today released guidelines for observing the soon-to-be-Blessed’s feast day — to be marked on October 22 — along with the collect for that feast day’s mass, and other details: In the Diocese of Rome, where Pope John Paul served as bishop, [Read More...]

Wall Saints Day: designer creates wallpaper themed to saints

It’s subtle, and it’s also eye-catching.  Would you guess that the design below is for St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers and journalists? That’s just for starters. More, from Tampa Bay Online: St. Francis of Assisi tends to hang out in gardens. If you see a medal dangling from a car dashboard, it’s likely [Read More...]