Blog Posts for "Saints"

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...

Doorways of Encounter, Holiness and Service

St. Conrad of Parzham Today we celebrate the memory of our Capuchin brother St. Conrad of Parzham, who lived and served in Germany during the turbulent 19th century.  At the age of 31, after several failed attempts to enter religious life, he was allowed to join the Capuchins, initially as a tertiary or “third order” brother.  He was subsequently welcomed into the novitiate.  He survived a difficult year and, following perpetual vows, became the porter St. Ann Friary and the shrine of Mary, Mother of Mercy in Altötting in 1852.  It would be the...

First Things First

St. Stanislaus Acts 6:8-15; John 6:22-29 When most of us think about doing God’s work, we think of concrete actions like the Corporal or Spiritual Works of Mercy.  Yet in today’s gospel Jesus gives us an arresting definition:  “This is the work of God:  that you believe in the one he sent” (John 6:29).  This helps remind us that the work of God begins with God rather than us.  When we believe in Jesus, the gospel he proclaimed, and the mystery of his life, death and resurrection, then we open...

“Your Special Place”

St. John De LaSalle   Today the Church is invited to remember one of the great figures in the history of Catholic education, St. John De LaSalle, who founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools in France (better known as the Christian Brothers, not to be confused with the Edmund Rice or Irish Christian Brothers) in the 17th century.  John was born into wealth and social status but he devoted his life to educating poor boys even though he didn’t feel particularly suited for it and many, including members of his own family, thought that those who...

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