A story in the daily newspaper caught Jennifer Pellegrine Sloss’ eye — about a new document from Pope Francis approving a fourth pathway to possible sainthood: giving one’s life in a heroic act of loving service to others as her dear friend Chiara did in sacrificing her life for her unborn childs life.
Devotion to St. Jude Thaddeus has mushroomed in Mexico City during the past two decades, spreading through word of mouth among the most downtrodden in the Mexican capital, especially those suffering discrimination and injustice.
died 1637 FEAST September 28 Lawrence, the first Filipino saint, and 15 others were martyred in Japan. The 10 Asians and six Europeans included nine Dominican priests. After various tortures, 14 of them died by being suspended by the feet in a pit of manure, one was burned at the stake and one died in […]
1805 – 1885 FEAST September 26 Born to a French farm family, Marie-Victoire Couderc joined a new religious teaching order, but was sent to manage a mountain hostel for women pilgrims at the shrine of St. John Francis Regis. It became a successful retreat house under her guidance, and the order split into a teaching […]
1745-1824 FEAST September 25 Vincent joined the Passionists as priest in 1768. Over three decades he served as a leader of the congregation, ultimately as provincial. In 1801, he became bishop of Macerata in central Italy. Vincent reformed the diocese by caring for his priests. He built a seminary, staffed it with gifted teachers, and […]
Q. I had been away from the Catholic Church for a very long time, but I recently returned and I have a question. I was married in the Catholic Church and got a divorce, but I did not get a church annulment. Later, I married a different man (not a Catholic) and divorced him as […]
1581-1660 Feast Date: September 27 Born in southwestern France, Vincent began priestly studies in 1595 and was ordained in 1600. In 1605, he was taken off a ship attacked by pirates. After two years as a slave in Tunisia, he escaped and returned to France, taking up parish work outside Paris. From about 1615, he […]
died circa 287 FEAST September 22 In the fifth century, St. Eucherius of Lyons described the legendary martyrdom of Maurice and the Theban Legion, comprised of Christians from Upper Egypt. Maurice was first officer of the legion, sent by Emperor Maximian to Switzerland to put down some rebellious Gauls. When Maximian ordered the soldiers to […]
First Century FEAST September 21 One of the Twelve Apostles, this tax collector is called Matthew in one Gospel (Mt 9:9) and Levi in two others (Mk 2:14 and Lk 5:27). Scripture scholars believe they are the same man because the call and shared meal with Jesus are similar in all three accounts. He sometimes […]
1787-1852 FEAST September 19 Described by one French contemporary as “a saint, but a headstrong saint,” Emily was brought up by her grandmother. From the age of 17 she practiced charitable works and entered three different convents but did not stay in any of them. With support from Abbe Marty, in 1815 she opened a […]
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First reading: Sir 27:30-28:7
Second reading: Rom 14:7-9
Gospel: Mt 18:21-35
In recovering from a life-threatening injury, walking on to the Georgia Tech football team as a punter, and discerning the priesthood, Grant Aasen has demonstrated a desire to succeed.