Category: Saints

How you are called to be a merciful soldier

Pope Francis is a controversial figure even, or perhaps especially, among Catholics. I have read about how the Holy Father is the right pope for the times because of his focus on mercy and love. That may be true, but I think many of us are missing something else God is trying to tell us ...

The Spirit of the Saint’s Journey

I want to be a warrior, a priest, an apostle, a doctor of the Church, a martyr—there is no heroic deed I do not wish to perform. I feel as daring as a crusader, ready to die for the Church upon the battlefield.I long to bring light to souls, like the prophets and doctors; to ...

The Desert Experiences of a Jedi Knight and an Apostle of God

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” or “Monomyth” is a story pattern discovered by Joseph Campbell. His most famous book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, has influenced many ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...