Saint Teresa of Avila (Teresa of Jesus), Virgin, Mystic, and Doctor of the Church

Mass for the school children. Today we celebrate the memorial of Saint Teresa of Avila, also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus.  Saint Teresa was a mystic, one who had deep experiences of prayer that enabled her to have visions.  She was known to have a very deep relationship with Jesus.  She once wrote, “We need no wings… Continue reading Saint Teresa of Avila (Teresa of Jesus), Virgin, Mystic, and Doctor of the Church

Pope Saint John XXIII

The firstborn son of a farming family in Sotto il Monte, near Bergamo in northern Italy, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was always proud of his down-to-earth roots.  After his ordination in 1904, Fr. Roncalli returned to Rome for canon law studies.  He soon worked as his bishop’s secretary, Church history teacher in the seminary, and as… Continue reading Pope Saint John XXIII

Saint Pius of Pietreclina (Padre Pio)

Today’s readings At the age of 15, Francesco Forgione joined the Capuchins and took the name of Pio. He was ordained in 1910 and was drafted during World War I. After he was discovered to have tuberculosis, he was discharged. In 1917 he was assigned to the friary in San Giovanni Rotondo. On September 20,… Continue reading Saint Pius of Pietreclina (Padre Pio)

Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Today’s readings For those of us who strive to live as disciples, today’s feast is really a joy.  I say that because Matthew was qualified to be a disciple of Jesus in much the same way that we are qualified to be disciples of Jesus – which is to say, not at all, really.  Matthew was a… Continue reading Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

Today’s readings As we come together this evening to begin the year of faith formation in our Confirmation program, I think today’s readings and saints really speak to us.  The Gospel this evening reminds us that when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we have the ability, the gift, and the obligation to witness… Continue reading Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

Saint Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

Many of us probably can remember building sand castles in our youth. We learned pretty quickly that there was always a price to pay for laying the foundation of it too near the water. It might go well for a while, but one good wave, and all our hard work would be washed away.  Well,… Continue reading Saint Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

Saint Peter Claver, Missionary Priest

Today’s readings Saint Peter Claver was ordained in 1615 in what is now Colombia. During that time, the slave trade was vigorous, and the port of Cartagena was a central entry point for African slaves. Ten thousand slaves would pour into Colombia through Cartagena every year under extremely foul conditions. Around a third of them… Continue reading Saint Peter Claver, Missionary Priest

Pope Saint Gregory the Great

Saint Gregory showed a great deal of promise at a young age.  He had a stellar political career, becoming prefect of Rome before the age of thirty.  After a short time, he resigned his office and dedicated his life to the priesthood. He joined a Benedictine monastery and became abbot, founding several other monasteries during his time there. Eventually… Continue reading Pope Saint Gregory the Great

Saint Monica

Today’s readings We need prayer warriors in our lives.  Maybe you’re even the prayer warrior among your friends and family, if they know you are up at 6:30 in the morning to come to Church on a regular basis!  For all the prayer warriors out there, today is the memorial of their patron saint, Saint Monica.  Saint Monica… Continue reading Saint Monica

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

Today’s readings Saint Bartholomew was one of Jesus’ apostles, but it’s hard to get a handle on him.  That’s because he is often identified as Nathanael in the Gospel.  So today’s Gospel reading gives us a little insight about Saint Bartholomew, or Nathanael, take your pick! Nathanel is picked out of the crowd by Jesus… Continue reading Saint Bartholomew, Apostle