Pillar of the Church: St. Athanasius of Alexandria

"Those who maintain 'There was a time when the Son was not' rob God of His Word, like plunderers." So said St. Athanasius of Alexandria (feast day: May 2), considered the “Father of Orthodoxy” in both the Eastern and Western Churches. 

May, the month of our beautiful Mother

The month of May — often filled with devotions to Mary — is a time to remember her silent but tender presence in our lives as Christians. One title of Our Lady is Tota Pulchra, drawing from the Song of Songs: “You are beautiful in every way, my friend, there is no flaw in you!”

Living the Call of Fatima and the Immaculate Heart

The apparitions in Fatima (feast day: May 13) directly or indirectly relate to the three essential points of our Marian charism: 1) proclaim and honor the mystery of the Immaculate Conception; 2) assist the dying and the Holy Souls suffering in Purgatory; and 3) spread the kingdom of God on earth, serving Christ and the Church. 

With St. Joseph, let's get to work!

May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, provides a perfect opportunity to re-examine the degree to which we infuse our daily tasks with dignity, using St. Joseph as our model.

24 Years Ago: Celebrating the Mercy Saint!

From the archives: Our report from Rome at the canonization of St. Faustina, 24 years ago today. Also, Pope St. John Paul II's big surprise for Divine Mercy apostles on that same day!

North American Sanctity: St. Marie of the Incarnation

She was a widow with a 12-year-old son. Yet she was called to the religious life, sacrificing everything to bring the word of God to the people in the untamed land of Canada in the 1600s. She is St. Marie of the Incarnation (feast day: Apr. 30).

A super saint: St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church

Saint Catherine of Siena, whose feast we celebrate on April 29, is a super saint. Not only was she a stigmatist, theologian, philosopher, mystic, and helper to the poor and suffering, but she was also a highly esteemed political ambassador utilized by popes!

Who I am

A frequent theme in religious formation is identity, knowing oneself. "This was a theme during my novitiate and remains a theme in seminary," says Br. Josh, MIC.

Love Your Neighbors, As Jesus Did

“Now hold on,” Chris Sparks imagines some folks saying, “loving the annoying is one thing, but loving the evil people, the truly wicked who do unspeakable things to myself, my family, or the innocents of the world — HOW???” Jesus shows us the way, of course.

North American Sanctity: Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin

Reduced to a “zero,” as she put it in her own words, Bl. Marie-Anne Blondin (feast day April 18) was the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Anne in Vaudreuil, Québec, Canada.