Saint of the Day 16th April

St. Bernadette Soubirous     Lived: (1844-1879) | Feast Day: Saturday, April 16, 2016 Bernadette Soubirous was born in 1844, the first child of an extremely poor miller in the town of Lourdes in southern France. The family was living in the basement of a dilapidated building when on February 11,1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary [...]

Celtic saint of the day 11th April

St. Guthlac of Croyland, Hermit St Guthlac, tormented by demons, is handed a scourge by St Bartholomew, Guthlac Roll, 1210, British Library-By Unknown - British Library [1], Public Domain, Born in Mercia, c. 673; died at Crowland, Lincolnshire, England, in 714; feast day formerly on April 12; feast of his translation is August 30 [...]

Expression of love

Christ’s cross is the perfect expression of love. All those things that don’t measure up to your ideal life can be transformed into Christ’s likeness. So often, though, we ignore or reject the opportunity to turn to Christ and be transformed. We miss the opportunity to die to ourselves and let Christ shine in and [...]

Hanging On -Peter and John & the crippled begger

This Gospel is from the Readings from Thursday of Easter Week in the RCL “While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s colonnade.” Acts 3: 11 God continues to guide me to mediate on healing and faith. I love [...]

Celtic Saint of the day 10th April

St. Beocca, Ethor (Hethor) and Companions, Martyrs Died 870. The year 870 was a terrible year for the Church in East Anglia. The Viking army that had arrived in 865 became a permanent army of occupation, and when they had amassed horses and supplies from the English, they marched on York, where they settled until [...]

Saint of the day 10th April

St. Magdalen of Canossa Lived: (1774-1835) | Feast Day: Sunday, April 10, 2016 Wealth and privilege did nothing to prevent today’s saint from following her calling to serve Christ in the poor. Nor did the protests of her relatives, concerned that such work was beneath her.Born in northern Italy in 1774, Magdalen knew her mind—and [...]

The mystery of suffering

The mystery of suffering is that out of this weakness and emptiness, out of this less than ideal life, can come incredible graces. Christ is the key to transforming suffering into much more of an ideal life than you could ever imagine. Transforming a less than ideal life into real life is one of the [...]

Saint of the day 9th April

St. Casilda This saint is listed in neither the Roman Martyrology nor Butler's Lives of the Saints. But the Acta Sanctorum stitches her story together from a number of incidental sources.* Lived: (11th century) | Feast Day: Saturday, April 9, 2016 Some saints’ names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the lives [...]

Celtic saints of the day 7th April

St. Brynach of Carn-Engyle (the Irishman) (Bernach, Bernacus, Brenach, Bryynach) 5th century. Brynach was an Irishman who settled in Wales, where he built a hermitage and a church at a place called Carn-Engyle (Mountain of Angels) overlooking the Nevern (Pembrokeshire). Traditionally, the place received its name because Brynach was in constant communication with the angels. [...]

Grace of humility

  "If we try to see everyone and everything through God’s eyes with humility, we will begin to accept an attitude of humility in our hearts and we will begin to be humble." -from Franciscan media - Sacred Silence Image : - Seeing People Through God’s Eyes - The Malphurs Group : The Malphurs Group. [...]