All posts by Andrew Garofalo

Sharing the stories of the Saints and the beauty of the Catholic Church.

How to Respond to the Sin of Calumny

Pope Francis has made strong comments against gossip more than once. He has called gossip a form of “terrorism,” an enemy of harmony and has warned that gossip has the potential to destroy the local and universal Church from within. He says gossip is one of the devil’s two favorite weapons of division, the other ...

Submitting to Reality

In his book Mastery, Robert Greene discusses the process of how human beings master a particular skill or craft. He examines the lives of different “masters” throughout history including Leonardo DaVinci and Charles Darwin. Greene analyzes human achievement from a purely secular viewpoint. There is no discussion in his book about God’s grace or divine ...

Five Ways to Pray Like Jesus

In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke Jesus teaches us The Lord’s Prayer. (Matt 6:9-15; Luke 11:1-4) The words Jesus gave us are universally accepted by Christians as the perfect prayer, but if we read Matthew closely, we discover more about not only the words that Jesus taught us, but also how he prayed. In ...

The Saint’s Journey III: The Pilgrim Church and the Communion of Saints

This is the final part of a three-part series on the Saint’s Journey. In part one we talked about the Hero’s Journey, how it shows up in fictional narratives and in the narratives of our lives, the limits of the Hero’s Journey and myths and how Christians might approach the truths that come from imperfect ...

The Armor of God

Yesterday we celebrated Memorial Day when we honor and remember the warriors who gave their lives for this country. Over the past two hundred years, brave men and women have fought all over the world to protect the freedoms that we cherish so dearly. Today’s weapons of war are more lethal than the weapons we ...

Saint George: The Humble Dragonslayer

Saint George, patron saint of England and the military, is one of the most popular saints in all of Christianity. We are not sure about his birth date, but we believe he was martyred on April 23, 303 by Emperor Diocletian. George’s father was from Cappadocia and his mother was from Palestine. Both were Christians ...

The Saint’s Journey II: The Stories of a Jedi Knight and an Apostle of God

This is part two of a three-part series on the Saint’s Journey. In part one we talked about the Hero’s Journey, how it shows up in fictional narratives and in the narratives of our lives, the limits of the Hero’s Journey and myths and how Christians might approach the truths that come from imperfect sources. ...

The Saint’s Journey I: The Hero’s Journey and the Limits of Truth and Myth

This is part one of a three-part series on the Saint’s Journey. You may have never heard of the “Hero’s Journey” or “Monomyth” before, but if you have ever read a book or watched a movie, then you have encountered it. The Hero’s Journey is not only found in fictional stories though. It appears to be part ...

How is a Saint “canonized” in the Catholic Church?

The canonization process is complicated and often misunderstood, especially by non-Catholics. Many wonder “What is a Servant of God versus a Venerable?” Another favorite question posed is “Aren’t we all saints? So who cares what the Church says about canonizing them?” I hope this article makes the canonization process easier to understand and clarifies what actually happens ...

Three lessons learned from the “Gentle Saint’s” duel with lawyers

St. Francis de Sales is a Saint, Doctor of the Church, and bears the special title Doctor of Devotion. He is also known as the “Gentle Saint.” It was his peaceful and humble personality that helped him in his ministry to convert thousands of Calvinists back to the Catholic faith in southern France during the ...