Blog Posts for "Saints"

St. Nicholas’ Greatest Gift to Us

St. Nicholas How does one become the patron saint of children, bankers, pawn brokers, sailors, perfumers, brides, unmarried women, sailors, dock workers, travelers, brewers, poets and prisoners?  It doesn’t hurt to be the subject of many legends, as St. Nicholas surely was.  In one such story, he upheld the human dignity of three young women and saved them from a life of prostitution when, on successive nights, he dropped a bag of gold on the window sill of their home so that their father would be able to provide a dowry for each...

Communion of the Saints

All Saints Day            Matthew 5:1-12 Yesterday in Sweden Pope Francis marked the beginning of the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation.  On October 31, 1517 Augustinian canon Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral.  His primary focus was on the selling and buying of indulgences to help finance the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; but those practices were also symbols of a wider worldliness and corruption.  His actions and the reactions of the Pope and other leaders of the...

a spirituality of bingo

It’s 10:07 AM on a balmy Friday morning in Southern California. The air in the colorless multi-purpose room is tense, yet sedentary...and a little bit stinky. “B,” faces begin to scrunch up, necks begin to pivot frantically, eyes race up and down the fatefully-laminated columns on the narrow dining table, “14.” A moment of dish-shuffling, chip-clicking, and frustrated groans. “Is this straight bingo or cover-all?” asks the pleasant little lady from North Dakota. “Cover-all,” answers the lanky young man in a sweat-dampened Franciscan habit. “Well, then I guess I have...

Let Others Be Constantly Evangelizing Us

Soon to be Saint Teresa of Calcutta was never without wise words, or memorable aphorisms. When she would be asked by someone how she finds the strength to keep doing all the great work that she did, Mother Teresa would often grab one of the person’s hands, and grabbing onto one finger at a time she would say “you-did-it-to-me” (Mt 25:40).  Mother Teresa was adamant that whomever she was serving, she was encountering her Christ who was crying out for mercy. This is amazing considering another well known dynamic to her spiritual journey. It is said...

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