Saint Kateri Celebrated as Model of Love, Faith and Virtue

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Mass of Celebration, Diocese of Fresno

On Sunday November 4, 2012, one week after Pope Benedict XVI’s canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha at the Vatican, families from across California’s Central Valley came together in St. John’s Cathedral to celebrate. Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Diocese of Fresno presided over the mass in honor of the very first Catholic Native American saint. [Read More...]

Are You a Saint in the Making?

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If you follow me in social networking venues, you’ll know that I’m somewhat obsessed with the lives of the saints. I blame/credit my parents, who first introduced me to these holy men and women in childhood and fostered in their children a deep desire for faith in our own lives. In those early years, seeds [Read More...]

Ferns, Flowers, & St. Mother Marianne

Ferns and Flowers

I’ll admit to having a “thing” for one of our newly minted Saints, St. “Mother” Marianne Cope. Among the newly canonized, she is likely my “favorite” saint (or at least in a two-way tie with St. Kateri). So I was excited to run across this gift shop offering a few special devotional items being offered [Read More...]

Are You Augustine, Monica, Both or Neither?

St. Augustine and his mother, St. Monica

I’m at work on an interesting project — a foreword for a devotional book relating to the lives of St. Monica and St. Augustine. While I can’t say too much about the book at this point, suffice it to say that I’ve been thinking quite a lot about this saintly mother/son combo the past few [Read More...]

St. Jude Election Novena Begins Tomorrow

Saint Jude Color Full button

Along with finding your polling place location and studying your sample ballot, one of the great ways you can prepare for the upcoming election is by participating in the St. Jude Election Novena, which begins tomorrow. Click here for more information and to register. I love this Novena prayer circle for many reasons, not least [Read More...]

Random Inspiration En Route to Dallas

Sharon Smith

Hey team! I’m sitting in the airport in San Francisco on my way to Dallas for this weekend’s University of Dallas Ministry Conference. First off, may I wholeheartedly thank SFO for providing the cubicle with TWO plugs where I’m currently sitting and working during my hourlong layover? As a frequent traveler, I commend you. This [Read More...]

Blessed JP II, We Love You

My view of the Beatification of Blessed John Paul II

It feels fitting that today, the day after Pope Benedict XVI canonized seven new saints for a Church so greatly in need of heroic role models, we are celebrating the life of Blessed John Paul II. Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI presided over the Rite of Canonization and Eucharistic Celebration in honor of: James Berthieu Pedro [Read More...]


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