Saints Alive! | St. Margaret of Castello

She is a saint for the disabled. Blessed Margaret was born at Citta de Castello, Italy, in 1287. Blind from birth and abandoned by her parents at an early age, she faithfully placed her trust in God and lived under the Rule of Penance of the Order of Saint Dominic. Blessed Margaret is a powerful patroness for all the unwanted and abandoned. She is a bold witness to the beauty, dignity, and worth of every human life. For more about this saint, patron of the disabled, handicapped, and unwanted, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

Saints Alive! | St. Martin I, pope

He was born in Todi in Umbria and elected Pope in 649. He called a synod to combat the Monothelite heresy concerning the nature of Christ. One of the people whose teachings were condemned was supported by the Byzantine Emperor, who in 653 had Martin kidnapped from Rome, taken to Constantinople, imprisoned and eventually exiled to the Crimea, where he died on 1 September 655. For more about this martyr saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!

The Rosary | The Luminous Mysteries

The Rosary is one of the most beautiful prayers in the Catholic tradition. It's also one of the most commonly misunderstood, which is often the case for many of our Protestant brothers and sisters. Yet, it doesn't have to be. Put simply, the Rosary is a prayerful meditation on the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother.

I invite you, whether you are Catholic, Protestant, or other, to watch this beautiful video by our friends at Word on Fire.  Today we pray the Luminous Mysteries.  We meditate on five key events in the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother, the Virgin Mary.

For more, please click on the image.

Peace be with you!

Divine Office | Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s passion

In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading by St. Cyril of Jersusalem (315-386 A.D.).

Cyril was born of Christian parents and succeeded Maximus as bishop of Jerusalem in 348. He was active in the Arian controversy and was exiled more than once as a result. His pastoral zeal is especially shown in his Catecheses, in which he expounded orthodox doctrine, holy Scripture and the traditions of the faith. They are still read today, and several of the Second Readings of the Office of Readings are taken from them. He is held in high esteem by both the Catholics and the Orthodox, and he was declared a Doctor of the Church by the Pope in 1883.

For a reflection, "Baptism is a symbol of Christ's passion," please click on the image.

Peace be with you!