Following Jesus to the Foot of the Cross: St. Mary Magdalene’s Conversion and Devotion

Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord;” and she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:18 My Patron and NamesakeSt. Mary Magdalene resonates with me in so many ways. When I was really little, I learned during a Palm Sunday Mass that I wasContinue reading “Following Jesus to the Foot of the Cross: St. Mary Magdalene’s Conversion and Devotion”

The Lily of the Mohawks: St. Kateri Takewitha’s Journey

I am not my own; I have given myself to Jesus. He must be my only love. St. Kateri Tekawitha I remember learning about St. Kateri Tekawitha in Catholic Elementary school. She was canonized in 2012, so while she was still Bl. Kateri Tekawitha, I learned about her during all-school Masses. Fr. Patti would tellContinue reading “The Lily of the Mohawks: St. Kateri Takewitha’s Journey”

A Model of Forgiveness: St. Maria Goretti’s Story

But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44 St. Maria Goretti is easily one of the most beloved Saints of our times. At just 11 years old, she wasn’t “too young” to be a Saint, setting an example for all of us to stay strong inContinue reading “A Model of Forgiveness: St. Maria Goretti’s Story”

A Saint for Mental Health Awareness Month

Saint Dymphna, martyr of purity, patroness of those who suffer with nervous and mental afflictions, beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me and obtain my request. St. Dymphna Prayer I think it’s awesome that St. Dymphna’s Feast day falls during Mental Health Awareness Month. I first heard about St. Dymphna outContinue reading “A Saint for Mental Health Awareness Month”

What Happened in Fatima? A Reflection on Our Lady of Fatima

Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He sends you? In atonement for all the sins that offend Him? And for the conversion of sinners? Our Lady of Fatima Our Lady of Fatima is one of the most recent and significant series of Marian apparitions. Our Lady appeared in 1917, justContinue reading “What Happened in Fatima? A Reflection on Our Lady of Fatima”

St. Joseph: Protector of the Holy Family

“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;” Matthew 1:20 Throughout his life, St. Joseph was hard working, yet humble, and he always made protecting Jesus and Mary his first priority. In the Bible, he never spoke a word.Continue reading “St. Joseph: Protector of the Holy Family”

Christ Beside Me: A St. Patrick’s Day Reflection

Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. St. Patrick Here’s a fun factContinue reading “Christ Beside Me: A St. Patrick’s Day Reflection”

Charity and Throat Blessings: A Reflection on St. Blaise’s Story

Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6 After Mass on the Feast Day of St. Blaise, priests traditionally bless the throats of parishioners with two white candles. This practice is appropriate because St. Blaise intercedes for those with diseases of the throat.Continue reading “Charity and Throat Blessings: A Reflection on St. Blaise’s Story”

The Greatest Kindness: A Reflection on St. Thomas Aquinas

The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists of leading him from error to truth. St. Thomas Aquinas As one of the greatest philosophers, theologians, and Doctors of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas had a gift of imparting God’s wisdom. Through teaching and writing, he discussed and defended the faith. His intelligence wasContinue reading “The Greatest Kindness: A Reflection on St. Thomas Aquinas”

Why I’m Praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena

He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20 I’ve been looking for ways to transform my Advent. For most of my life, I’ve approached it as just the Liturgical season before Christmas. This year, instead of onlyContinue reading “Why I’m Praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena”