Recently, I commissioned an icon of my Confirmation saint, Zoe of Pamphylia. As she is a lesser-known saint and lived in the second century, there aren't many depictions of her. I was confirmed in 2002. For almost twenty years, I've been growing closer to this saint whose face I couldn't even picture, let alone wear … Continue reading Choosing a Confirmation Saint or How Silly Things Can Bring You Together
Pope Francis has declared this year to be the year of Saint Joseph, patron of workers, husband of Mary, foster father of Jesus. Joseph often gets overlooked because of his more famous family members. Also, not a word of his is recorded in Scripture! He is the definition of the strong, silent type. But he’s … Continue reading Can St. Joseph Help You With Your Catholic Dating Journey?
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...
For the longest time in my young life, I wanted to play piano. There was one at my Gram's house I wasn't allowed to play; the closest I was allowed to get to it was sitting on its bench at extended family holiday dinners. There was also a piano at my Grandma's house, but we … Continue reading Bl. Dina Belanger- September 4
St. Phoebe- deacon, friend of St. Paul, cool kid at Corinth
Ingrid caught my eye because she's sort of related to St. Bridget of Sweden, she was a widow and started a convent, and there was some hesitation in canonizing her. She is also purported to be a mystic, which always just fascinates me. Ordinary people participating in extraordinary things– this is what God invites us to … Continue reading St. Ingrid of Sweden- September 2
Not gonna lie, I first decided to look up this saint because she was listed as "St. Beatrix" on a calendar I found. What I found in her, though, was a patient woman, a good confidant, and a devotion to living in virtue. In Portuguese, her name is Beatriz de Meneses da Silva, which is … Continue reading St. Beatriz da Silva Meneses- September 1
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