Saints Alive! | St. John Paul II, pope

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. After his ordination to the priesthood and theological studies in Rome, he returned to his homeland and resumed various pastoral and academic tasks. He became first auxiliary bishop and, in 1964, Archbishop of Kraków and took part in the Second Vatican Council. On 16 October 1978 he was elected pope and took the name John Paul II. His exceptional apostolic zeal, particularly for families, young people and the sick, led him to numerous pastoral visits throughout the world. Among the many fruits which he has left as a heritage to the Church are above all his rich Magisterium and the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church and for the Eastern Churches. In Rome on 2 April 2005, the eve of the Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), he departed peacefully in the Lord. He was canonized by Pope Francis on 27 April, the Second Sunday of Easter 2014. Credit: from our friends at Universalis.com. For more about this great saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Divine Office | The spirit pleads for us

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a letter to Proba by St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.).

He wrote an enormous amount and left a permanent mark on both philosophy and theology. His Confessions, as dazzling in style as they are deep in content, are a landmark of world literature. The Second Readings in the Office of Readings contain extracts from many of his sermons and commentaries and also from the Confessions.

For a reflection, "The spirit pleads for us," please click on the image.

Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Ursula and the Virgins of Cologne

According to the Golden Legend, St Ursula, daughter of the King of Brittany, married Conon, son of the King of England and after a pilgrimage to Rome with eleven thousand virgins arrived at Cologne where they were all killed by the Huns.

For more about this saint and her companions, please click on the image.

Peace be with you!