Saints Alive! | St. Aidan of Lindisfarne

Aidan of Lindisfarne was an Irish monk and missionary credited with restoring Christianity to Northumbria. He founded a monastic cathedral on the island of Lindisfarne, served as its first bishop, and traveled ceaselessly throughout the countryside, spreading the gospel to both the Anglo-Saxon Nobility and to the socially disenfranchised (including children and slaves). For more about this saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Fiacre

One of the most popular saints of medieval France, Fiacre (Fiachra in Irish) was actually born in Ireland near the end of the 6th century. Many churches have been dedicated to him throughout France. He is the patron of gardeners and florists. He is also the patron saint of Parisian cab drivers. French cabs are called fiacres because the first coaches for hire parked near the Hotel Saint-Fiacre. For more about this saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Gospel Reflections | The Passion of Saint John the Baptist (Mk 6:17-29)

Today the Universal Church celebrates the Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist. In the sixth chapter of Mark's Gospel we encounter John the Baptist, martyr and bold witness to truth and life. As we read in today's Magnificat, "John put his trust in the Word of God he had been sent to preach, and not in the princes, whom he offended by his commitment to the truth. He defeated the power of evil not by violence but by his self-surrender to God's will (Magnificat, Aug 29, 2020; http://www.magnificat.net). For more about this great saint, and for a reflection on today's Gospel reading, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Augustine of Hippo

Born in North Africa in the mid-4th century to a pagan father and Christian mother, his early life was filled with worldly attractions, lust for women, and pagan philosophies. He credits his mother's fervent prayer for his eventual conversion. Saint Augustine of Hippo is considered one of the most influential saints and theologians to have ever lived, one whose writings are widely read to this very day For more about this great saint, preeminent among theologians and philosophers, Doctor of the Church, please click on the image. Peace be with you!