St. Ignatius Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491, one of thirteen children in a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. He grew up at a time of great adventurers like Christopher Columbus and dreamed of gaining fame in battle, so he joined the army of Spain to do just that.  When Ignatius was severely wounded ...

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

In these last days before we enter into the most solemn week of the liturgical year, Jesus makes us three conditional promises: “If you remain in my word – (a) you will truly be my disciples; (b) you will know the truth; and (c) the truth will set you free.”  When we read this passage ...

Our Patron Saint

People wonder sometimes about the icon hanging on the wall of our conference room.  Its presence can be traced to our beginnings in 2001 when we started the custom of taking the first hour of the day for prayer and Bible study.  Soon there were ten of us gathered in the conference room every morning. ...

St. Valentine

Valentine is a favorite saint, receiving recognition well beyond the influence of the Catholic Church because of his association with love and lovers. Hallmark Cards, florists, restaurants and chocolate makers all capitalize on the day dedicated to the memory of this saint. Surprisingly, very little is actually known about the man. There are two traditional ...

St. Blaise

St. Blaise
In the early fourth century, a physician named Blaise became the Bishop of Sebastea in Armenia (known today as Silvas, Turkey). “The Acts of St. Blaise” gives us a rare biographical sketch of the man, and it attributes many healings and miracles to him — both during his life and through his intercession after his ...

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

Thomas Aquinas was the youngest of nine children born to noble parents in the Kingdom of Sicily.  Following the tradition of the times, five-year-old Thomas was sent to the Abbey of Monte Cassino to train among Benedictine monks.  He continued his studies with the Benedictine at the University of Naples but became interested in serving ...

St. Francis Xavier

The feast of St. Francis Xavier helps us understand what each of us must do to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus in the world today. In the words of the saint – just do what God asks you to do. Francis Xavier was born into an aristocratic family during a time of great political upheaval ...

St. Martin de Porres

The feast day of St. Martin de Porres reminds all who work on behalf of the poor that man’s ways are not God’s ways. Rather than choose powerful and dynamic leaders to be his hands and feet on earth, our Lord often chooses saints from humble places and shapes them through difficult circumstances. Martin de ...