Teresa of Avila: Patron of Catholic Writers and Headache Sufferers!

A Saint I Can Relate To!St. Teresa of Avila was born 500 years ago today, on March 28, 1515.  She was a mystic, writer, reformer, and the founder of the Discalced Carmelites.  Her feast day is celebrated on October 15, the anniversary of her death.  In 1970, she was one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Church.In 1577 St. Teresa’s guide for spiritual development, The Interior Castle (in Spanish, El Castillo Interior) was published.  In the book, she envisioned the soul as a c … [Read more...]

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Two Doors, Seven Locks: Preserving the Crown of Saintly King Wenceslaus

You may not know this—who thinks of St. Wenceslaus except at Christmastime?—but Friday, September 28, is his feastday.Wenceslaus was born in 903 to a Christian father and a pagan mother.  It was his devout grandmother, St. Ludmilla, who educated Wenceslaus in the Christian faith.After Wenceslaus’ father, Duke Wratislaw, died, his pagan mother Dragomir opposed Christianity in the country.  Wenceslaus—named Duke by the Emperor Otto I—took the reins of government and placed his duchy under t … [Read more...]

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Bartholomew: Any Friend of Jesus Is a Friend of Mine

Any Friend of Jesus’ is a Friend of Mine.  And this week, we remember one of Jesus’ closest friends—one of the Twelve, in fact—St. Bartholomew.This is a guy we really don’t know much about.  In fact, it seems like the more we learn, the more confusing the story becomes! … [Read more...]

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