Category: Gentleman Saints

Be a Man: St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Rule of Life

July 15, 2019
St. Maxmilian Kolbe is my favorite saint. He lived a truly eucharistic life of missionary zeal, radiant holiness, and sacrificial love. Yet, his life of holiness was no accident; he did not wake up one morning a saint. Rather, his holiness was the result of constant spiritual effort that cultivated an intimate relationship with our […]

St. Thomas More: A Saint for the Persecuted Church

July 28, 2016
St. Thomas More is one of the great English saints of the Church and he is a wonderful saint for those individuals who are undergoing persecution for their Christian faith. St. Thomas More was born in 1478 in London where his father was a lawyer and judge. He received a stellar education at St. Anthony’s school […]

Fr. Augustine Tolton: America’s First Black Priest

March 7, 2016
At night the river looked deeper than ever as the woman rowed across it with her three small children. That was dangerous enough but they were being pursued. They were being shot at. They were fleeing for their lives. The Civil War had just begun. The woman and her children were slaves. They had fled […]

The Saint of the Titanic: The Last Voyage of Fr. Thomas Byles

July 1, 2015
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide. On board in all directions there was the sound of running feet. It was clear there was something wrong. Before hearing anything, however, one had somehow sensed it. Some indiscernible threat had impacted and was quickly making its presence felt throughout […]

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St. Louis of France: Man of the Holy Eucharist

November 19, 2014
In his Post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum caritatis, “On the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church’s Life and Mission,” Pope Benedict XVI recalls a passage from the Confessions of Saint Augustine, regarding the Holy Eucharist. Saint Augustine writes about the different effect of consuming the Heavenly Bread of the Holy Eucharist in comparison with […]

Gentleman Saint: Saint Damien of Molokai

June 23, 2014
“I was sick and ye visited me.” – J. Damien de Veuster (Inscription of St. Damien in the Bible of a visitor to the island) “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – Jesus Christ Imagine an island where people are sent to die of a […]

An Everyman Saint: St. Isidore the Farmer

May 15, 2014
All you really need to know about St. Isidore the farmer (or “the laborer”) is that in the town of Pulilan in the Philippines, parishioners of San Isidro Labrador make their water buffalos kneel before a statue of the saint. This is a fitting veneration for a saint who was often accompanied by a team of […]

St. Joseph, Pray for Us

May 1, 2014
Pull out your highlighters. What word stands out most when you read Matthew 1:24? Isn’t it that small, overused, three-letter word our English teachers told us to avoid? “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded.” Joseph did. It’s that simple. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers and fathers, […]

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