The Saints of Fatima

Jacinta Marto and Francisco Marto are the youngest children declared Saints by the Catholic Church, without having been martyred. This brother and sister were two of the three children who saw Our Blessed Lady at Fatima in 1917 – the third child was their...

Our Lady’s Confidante

“I do not promise to make you happy in this world; only in the next.”- Our Lady of Lourdes to Saint Bernadette It’s easy to assume that Bernadette Soubirous was declared a Saint because she saw Our Lady; the reality, however, is somewhat different....

Good In All Things

As human beings, it can be very tempting to look at our lives and our situations and to indulge ourselves in a degree of melancholy and wool-gathering. And we may well have good reason to do so – but that is not to say that it is either healthy or productive,...

The Path of St Joseph

The Gospels tell us very little, in real terms, about the life of Saint Joseph. Unlike so many of the other great Saints of the Church, we have no available biographies detailing every aspect of his life, his sayings and so forth. And yet despite this, Saint Joseph is...

Apostle of the Two Hearts

“You must never separate what God has so perfectly united. So closely are Jesus and Mary bound up with each other that whoever beholds Jesus sees Mary; whoever loves Jesus, loves Mary; whoever has devotion to Jesus, has devotion to Mary.” – St John Eudes   In her...

With A Father’s Heart

Yesterday was the 15oth anniversary of the dedication of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Catholic Church. To celebrate this anniversary, our Holy Father Pope Francis unexpectedly announced the commencement of a Holy Year – the Year of Saint Joseph. Pope...

Lead, Kindly Light

Last Summer, I had the opportunity to pray in the private Oratory of Cardinal John Henry Newman, at Oriel College in Oxford. The tiny Oratory is immediately behind the pipe organ of the College Chapel, out of sight of prying eyes. Very simple, it contains only a small...

The Everyday Saints

“I see the holiness of the Church militant. Very often it a holiness found in.. those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence. We might call them ‘the middle class of holiness’.”- Pope Francis, ‘Gaudete Et Exsultate’...

Catherine and the Medal

“Let all the children of the Catholic Church, who are so very dear to us, hear these words of ours. With a still more ardent zeal for piety, religion and love, let them continue to venerate, invoke and pray to the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,...