At the last moment, the other Jesuit fell ill and could not go on mission. St. Ignatius decided to send FX in his place. He was overjoyed and finally shared his long-held desire with Ignatius. When Ignatius questioned him for not sharing this desire earlier, FX answered that he was offering his will for the Divine Will and didn't want his personal desires to interfere...
A miracle involving Andrew the Scot also happened at Fiesole. The daughter of a nobleman was paralyzed and doctors were unable to help her. Her father asked Andrew to pray for her. Andrew went to the girl, knelt beside her couch, and told her to stand for Jesus had healed her. The girl did just … Continue reading St. Andrew the Scot
To attend seminary, Pius X was granted a scholarship. While there, he excelled at classics, philosophy, and theology. He was then ordained a priest and further studied St. Thomas Aquinas and canon law. He restored the church at Salzano and expanded the hospital by begging for the funds and also laboring to make the money. … Continue reading Pope St. Pius X
Bernard, what to say about him. My favorite thing about this great saint is that he composed my favorite prayer, the Memorare: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.Inspired by this confidence, I fly … Continue reading St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Emily refused her father's plans for her to marry, as she was certain her vocation laid elsewhere. She successfully convinced her father to build a convent for her, instead. This was the first of the Dominican regular tertiaries and Emily became abbess when she was only twenty years old. However, she was elected prioress against … Continue reading Bl. Emily Bicchieri
"I hold that every poor man, every vagrant, every beggar is Christ carrying his cross. And as Christ, we must love and help him. We must treat him as a brother, a human being like ourselves. If we were to start a campaign of love for the poor and homeless, we would, in a short time, do away with depressing scenes of begging, children sleeping in doorways and women with babies in their arms fainting in our streets." -St. Alberto Hurtado, S.J.
What Jeanne reminds us is that grace works in us over time. We might not have a great "St. Paul" conversion story but might labor little by little throughout our lives, gradually becoming closer to God, more open to grace, and holier. Like Jeanne, we should never become discouraged but rather trust in God and … Continue reading St. Jeanne Delanoue
I first heard of Ignatius of Loyola, really, through one of my courses when we learned about St. Francis Xavier, one of his companions and co-founders. I had an immediate connection with Francis Xavier (and still do) but it was he who drew me to Ignatius. Through getting to know Francis Xavier, I became interested … Continue reading St. Ignatius of Loyola
Carmelite spirituality focuses heavily on this; that there is meaning even in the simplest things of life, the smallest tasks, the greatest tribulations. It is in realizing that this life is a pilgrimage that we discover the joy of life and the joy of God. Cardinal Anders Arborelius, O.C.D., in his book Carmelite Spirituality: The … Continue reading How to Live and Pray Like a Carmelite Without Joining a Monastery
In his numerous homilies, Bishop Peter Chrysologus briefly but thoroughly explained Biblical texts. He kept his sermons short because he didn't want to fatigue his people with his words. He often, also, quoted heavily from Scripture, letting Scripture do the talking and acting only as its mouthpiece. For example, here is his whole sermon, "On … Continue reading St. Peter Chrysologus