My current RCIA sponsee (I’m the sponsor; ergo, he is the sponsee) asked about choosing a patron saint, since most candidates/catechumens do so before entering the Church. So, at the risk of making public his request, here are a few thoughts:
Names: I’m lucky enough to have the same name as two saints, Timothy and Michael the Archangel. If you’re like Milhouse van Houten,...
I have an interesting relationship with several saints. I talk to them, often out loud, in the same terms and tone I use with my siblings and close friends. (Go read about it on my blog if you don’t believe me.) I see no distinction, in fact, between them. These saints, are, in essence, my SBFFs: Saint Best Friends Forever. And I’m hoping that I pass this odd little quirk of...
Recently, my family and I had a unique opportunity: to view and venerate relics of St. Anthony. Yes, THE St. Anthony. The one who helps us all find everything from our lost keys to lost sanity to parking spaces at the mall. You know, Tony. It was thrilling and simultaneously oddly calming to be so close to a part of someone with whom I’ve felt so close for all of my life and yet who...
Advent is full of great feast days, including today’s feast of St. Lucy whose name literally means “light.” St. Lucy’s (283-304 A.D.) life and death were a shining light in the darkness of the secular Sicily where she lived. After her mother was healed through the intercession of St. Agatha, Lucy vowed to remain a virgin and distributed her money, including her dowry, to the poor. When...
The other day, I listened to yet another Lighthouse Catholic Media CDI really should strike a deal with LCM. If I had a nickel every time... titled Trust in the Lord, in which Fr. Thomas J. Richter explained how as a child, prayer almost destroyed his faith.
Fr. Richter tells the story of life as a child in a farming community. During dry periods, his family prayed for rain. In his mind,...