“If our Savior blessed the shepherds, the Magi, Simeon, John the Baptist, and others, because they greeted His presence with devoted hearts for a brief passing hour, how much more did He bless you who have sanctified yourself for so many years in His company and that of His Mother?”
Every century, the Holy Spirit raises up the saints that our world desperately needs. Though the canonization of St. Josephine Bakhita took place almost 20 years ago, it seems that as of the last few years, this African saint is gaining more and more prominence within the Catholic Church today.
Fifteen quotes from St. John Bosco that will help you gain spiritual traction in very practical ways.
The year was 2011. I was a senior in college finishing up my final fall semester. I had just completed the first of my finals and stood up to turn in my exam when all the blood rushed to my head and I lost my vision for a second. Normally, that wouldn't have been a big deal... this happens to everyone after long periods of sitting. But what caught my attention was that I only "went black" in one eye.
Pope John Paul II is quite possibly the most popular pope in history. Catholics' love for JPII is highly apparent, as his writings and quotes continue to aspire the masses -- especially the youth! Here are five things you may not know about the only Polish pontiff. His mother’s doctor advised abortion During her pregnancy,... Continue Reading →
It’s been two years since we moved out-of-state; that means it’s been two years since I’ve been in the classroom. I definitely miss the students. I miss their humor, their questions, their wonder… and I miss our conversations -- especially conversations about their own faith experiences. This past summer, “J” and I reconnected over social... Continue Reading →
On the feast of St. Gianna, I wanted to share a part of my ongoing conversion story and faith experiences. Almost ten years ago, I had an unexpected encounter with this selfless saint.
I have independent tendencies, even when it came to my spiritual life. While there's nothing completely wrong about this, the fact that I was only relying on myself did cause a major wound at one point. The Good Shepherd had to step in and remind me that I am a sheep, not a shepherd... I don't have to take care of myself.