The groaning of the peddler’s cart Is droning slowly through the mart of Alexandria. The climbing sun blows as he goes Higher still and higher, A wreath of golden burning fire, On that far city of the Orient. The wilting … Continue reading
(As published in 1953) The co-patron of all the Catholic missions in the world is not another daring and tireless priest who journeyed to remote lands to bring the Faith to the pagans, nor some intrepid and fiery missioner who … Continue reading
“Bow down to the god Apollo,” advised the torturers as they advanced toward Christopher with thin rods of iron, white with heat. This is the great Saint Christopher whose Feast Day was removed from our calendar of Saints on May … Continue reading
Listen, my brothers: If the Blessed Virgin is so honored, as it is right, since she carried Him in her most holy womb; if the blessed Baptist trembled and did not dare to touch the holy head of God; if … Continue reading
The following will no doubt be taken by some as a Baroque — or worse, Romantic — example of an unenlightened and backward Catholic fascination with legend. So be it.
Siena, in the fourteenth century, was a thriving city in northern Italy situated on the summits of three hills. Here Saint Catherine of Siena, one of the greatest of all the saints of the Catholic Church, was born. Mystic, arbitrator, … Continue reading
Introduction: At the beginning of Holy Week in 1868, haunting dreams began to trouble Don Bosco, and they “went on for several miserable nights.” “These dreams so exhausted me,” he stated, “that in the morning I felt more done in … Continue reading
PROBABLY THE most unlikely — and yet most significant — patroness for this day and age would be Blessed Margaret of Castello. If her parents had lived today and the doctors had been able to anticipate with accuracy the little … Continue reading
IT WAS THE YEAR 1815. The evil times were far from being over. But all in all this was a good year. Napoleon had fallen. Oppressive anti-Church laws were lifted in Italy. The exiled Pope Pius VII was able to return … Continue reading
Oh you who are anxious to learn what it is to enjoy the Word, prepare not your ear but your soul; for it is grace that teaches it and not language. This secret remains hidden from the wise and the … Continue reading
The scene is in Italy in the troubled thirteenth century. The city of Forli had revolted against the authority of the Church.
Venerable Emmanuel d’Alzon first caught my attention when I came upon the following paragraph from an address he gave to his religious congregation. “We love Christ with the same kind of love as the early Christians because He still faces … Continue reading
Virtue is nothing without the trial of temptation, for there is no conflict without an enemy, no victory without strife . (Pope St. Leo the Great) Attila, the great Khan of the Huns, trained his mobile soldiers to sleep on … Continue reading
God sees all things and all acts an eternity before they are or happen. Most are aware of this paralyzing truth, of course. But, because our finite minds cannot really grasp it, we tend to give little if any thought … Continue reading