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The Early Visions of St. Mother Teresa

The Early Visions of St. Mother Theresa After Mother Teresa died, officials preparing her sainthood cause discovered a small cache of letters written to her spiritual directors and superiors during her early years. She had long ago destroyed her notes and diaries from this period and had asked others to dispose of letters she had sent to them. “I want the work to remain only his,” she told them.... Read More

Edith Stein’s Journey to Sainthood

August 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

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Edith Stein's Journey to Sainthood At the end of her life, Edith Stein considered herself one of the countless “hidden souls” who are part of the invisible Church and who regularly remain hidden from the whole world. She was a contemplative nun, a member of the Discalced Carmelite Order. Yet, as Edith herself pointed out, throughout the history of humankind the visible Church has grown out of... Read More

Saul the Persecutor, Paul the Apostle

June 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney

Saul the Persecutor, Paul the Apostle Stephen died at the hands of a mob — men who were “enraged” (Acts 7:54) by his accusations. His murderers were many, but we know the name of just one of them: Saul. St. Luke tells us: “Saul was consenting to his death” (Acts 8:1). Members of the mob left their cloaks with him as they took up stones to kill Stephen (Acts 7:58). That day marked the beginning... Read More

Forgiveness of Sins: The Ministry of John the Baptist

June 20, 2018 by  
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Forgiveness of Sins: The Ministry of John the Baptist “Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered and she gave birth to a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her” (Luke 1:57-58). True gatherings of the friends and families of Chris­tians should have for their object to celebrate the mercy that God has shown to us.... Read More

Solemnity & Litany of St Joseph, Husband of Mary

March 19, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Litanies, Prayer, Saints, Solemnity

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary *There is a general rule concerning all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favor chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation, God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand. This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the foster... Read More

The Virtues of St. Patrick

March 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Memorial, Prayer, Saints

The Virtues of St. Patrick* Saint Patrick's Day A Discussion of the Virtues Found in His Confession “We have no difficulty in realizing the moral grandeur of St. Patrick’s character, because it is revealed to us in all its features not only in his active life and labours, but even still more strikingly in his Confession. In the Confession, we see his character reflected as in a mirror, so... Read More

Saints vs. Scoundrels

What would it be like for the saints to confront their moral, theological, or philosophical counterparts in history? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Benjamin Wiker about his book Saints vs. Scoundrels to find the answer. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What was the motivation for choosing these particular people from history? Why is the book written in a dramatic context? How... Read More

Who is Your Patron Saint This Year?

Who is Your Patron Saint This Year? Are you still racking your head to come up with several attainable New Year’s Resolutions? … or even with just one? Want to know something you can readily do throughout the year? Then follow this time-honored custom! Many religious orders have had a tradition of picking a saint to be their patron saint for the year. In fact, St. Faustina Kowalska writes about... Read More

The Saints Ever Gave Thanks to God

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Saints

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Thanksgiving has been in all ages the characteristic of the saints. Thanksgiving has been their favorite prayer; and when their love has been grieved because men were unthankful, they have called on the animals, and even on inanimate creatures, to bless God for His goodness. St. Lawrence Justinian has a beautiful passage on thanksgiving in chapter 28 of his Treatise on Obedience: Whosoever should... Read More

St. Albert the Great

Thorough Theologian Albert’s greatest love of all was his love for God. Albert so loved the natural sciences, waxing eloquent in his writings on everything from flowers to insects to fish to the squirrelly daily habits of the squirrels, because they all in small, diverse ways reflected the unspeakable, simple goodness and majesty of the Creator, from whom all creation flows. Albert knew so well... Read More

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