Blog Posts for "Saints"

Speaking Truth to the Powerless

(Photo Credit: Br. Vince Reyes)  Martyrdom of St. John the Baptism   Today we remember the witness of St. John the Baptist, who gave his life in fidelity to his call to prepare God’s people for the coming of the Messiah by preaching repentance.  It was a message that John proclaimed to all without distinction.  Just like the prophets of earlier generations, he was willing to accept the consequences of his mission, even to the point of death at the hands of a prideful and impulsive tyrant. On Sunday in Rome the Church will celebrate...

the little cross

Today, we had a silent day of recollection at the novitiate. At one point, we were told to go out and meditate on the crucified Christ (a very Franciscan subject). So, I went out and sat on the road with my rosary's cross to pray and reflect. I faced the East, towards the vale. As I looked out across the fields, I couldn't help but be struck with awe at the beauty of this place. But one particular trait of this vista captivated me: its sheer immensity. The deep, downward curves of the earth laid a golden...

A Maria Goretti for the 21st Century

St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr Today the universal church remembers the brief life and martyrdom of St. Maria Goretti, who was murdered by an 18 year-old neighbor as she resisted his attempts to rape her.  When she was canonized in 1950—remarkably with not only her mother but also her killer present for the Mass—Maria was celebrated for her virtues, her insistence on preserving her virginity and her willingness to forgive.  Inspired by her courage and simple and profound faith, over 250,000 people witnessed her canonization.  Moved by her forgiveness, her murderer, Alessandro had repented and...

Exile and Redemption

St. Athanasius St. Athanasius (+ 373 CE) was Bishop or Metropolitan Patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the great sees of the early church.  However, he spent the majority of his service in exile because he championed the teaching of the Council of Nicea (325 CE) that Jesus was fully divine as well as fully human.  The Arians, a heretical and powerful group at the time, denied the divinity of Christ and they used their political influence with various emperors to have Athanasius exiled not once or twice but five times over the course of his episcopacy.  Undeterred by this...

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