Saint Robert Bellarmine: Example for our time, patron of canon lawyers and catechists

Saint Robert Bellarmine: Example for our time, patron of canon lawyers and catechists

Patron of catechists, catechumens, and canon lawyers—St. Robert Bellarmine, whose feast is celebrated Sept. 17 on the General Roman Calendar, was a Jesuit and a cardinal who used his incredible intellect to defend Catholic teaching, largely through responses to the Church’s opponents in the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation. In all his writings, St. Bellarmine…
St. Monica, A Profile in Patience and Perseverance

St. Monica, A Profile in Patience and Perseverance

The feast of St. Monica occurs the day before the feast of her son, St. Augustine. Her tears, prayers, and sacrifices over many years helped bring about his conversion. It is only proper that their feasts are celebrated close together. Monica was born in North Africa. As a child she lived with her family, but…
Beautiful Feast of the Assumption

Beautiful Feast of the Assumption

CNA—On Aug. 15, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and her assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest…
The Miraculous Medal: St Maximilian Kolbe’s weapon for evangelization

The Miraculous Medal: St Maximilian Kolbe’s weapon for evangelization

CNA—As World War II raged around him in Poland, St. Maximilian Kolbe fought for souls using a printing press and another “weapon” – the Miraculous Medal. “Even though a person be the worst sort, if only he agrees to wear the medal, give it to him…and then pray for him, and at the proper moment…
Four priests who were martyred for refusing to violate the seal of confession

Four priests who were martyred for refusing to violate the seal of confession

CNA, CBJ—In recent years, some Catholics have been concerned by pushes from governments in locations such as Louisiana and Australia, and now California, who challenge the secrecy of the sacrament of confession, asking that priests betray the solemnity of penitents’ confessions when they hear of serious crimes in the confessional. However, the words of Saint…