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,...

St Pio and Fidelity

“He was a man of prayer and suffering.” – Pope St Paul VI There is no doubt that Saint Pio of Pietrelcina – popularly called Padre Pio – is one of the great Saints of our era. At the mention of his name, perhaps the first word we...

Our Lady’s Martyr

Some Saints of the Church seem to really stand out from the crowd – the crowd of normal and everyday humanity, but also the ‘crowd’ of the blessed in Heaven. Maximilian Kolbe is such a Saint and he occupies a notable place in the history of the Twentieth...

Memorial of St Faustina

“The Supreme Pontiff.. has decreed that the name of Saint Maria Faustina (Helena) Kowalska, virgin, be inscribed in the General Roman Calendar and that her optional memorial be celebrated by all on 5 October.” Today, on the day the Church is celebrating...

Offering It Up

“I cannot promise you happiness in this world – only in the next.” – Our Lady of Lourdes to Saint Bernadette One of the common features we see in the lives of the Saints is the presence of suffering – often physical in nature, but also...