A Pencil in God’s Hand: Mother Teresa’s Story Comes to the Big Screen

Anjezë (Agnes) Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was only twelve years old when she first felt the call to become a missionary to India. At the age of 18 she joined the Sisters of Loreto, with the hope of serving in missionary work. For fifteen years, she lived in a convent in Darjeeling and Calcutta, teaching school to local girls.Then, while traveling by train from Calcutta to Darjeeling for her annual retreat, she experienced what she called her "call within a call." Later repeating the message she heard fr … [Read more...]

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Would St. Jerome Go to the Library?

September 30 is the feast of St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, patron of libraries. The most scholarly of the church’s early theologians, Jerome has an extensive list of writings.  His commentaries and letters offer a peek into fourth-century life in Rome, but he is probably best known for translating the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate).  Medieval paintings of the saint always show him with a large book.Which has me wondering:  If Jerome, scholar that he was, were alive today, would he go … [Read more...]

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Helping Women to Help Themselves: St. John Eudes

On August 19, the Church in the United States observes the optional memorial of St. John Eudes, French preacher and vociferous opponent of Jansenism..St. John devoted himself to helping France’s “fallen women,” eventually founding a new religious order for them, the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge.  In 1666, the Refuge sisters received permission from Pope Alexander III to establish an institute to reclaim and rehabilitate wayward women who repented of their sin. … [Read more...]

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