Three Saints, Three Stories, Three Lessons Learned

Elizabeth Ficocellis book 001

I have just finished reading Elizabeth Ficocelli's story of the lives of Therese, Faustina and Bernadette; and I have to thank Elizabeth when I see her--for I am somehow changed for having had the opportunity to learn at the feet of these great women of God.I had read two of their stories in my youth:  Therese and Bernadette lived in the 19th century, and their stories had been written more than once; so they became favorite and familiar saints from my own childhood.  Faustina, while not my c … [Read more...]

Padre Pio, Bernard of Clairvaux, and the Shoulder Wound of Christ

St Padre Pio

What do medieval mystic St. Bernard of Clairvaux and modern monk St. Padre Pio have in common?Well, they're both saints, sharing in the eternal reward which God has prepared for them.But beyond that, both had a sincere devotion to the Shoulder Wound of Christ. *     *     *     *     * SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX, the French abbott and mystic who helped to renew the Cistercian Order in the twelfth century, related in the Annals of Clairvaux a conversation he'd had with Our Lord.  He pray … [Read more...]

Italians Watch the Canonization in 3D Glasses

Watching canonization w 3D glasses

An amazing photo from Bergamo, the northern Italy town which was the birthplace of Pope John XXIII.At the parish church in Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII, the faithful who did not brave the crowds at St. Peter's Square to attend the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in person gather to do the next best thing:  They're watching the screening with the aid of 3D glasses.AP photo by Luca Bruno.See this and other amazing photos of the Canonization at The … [Read more...]


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