On April 21, the Catholic Church honors Saint Anselm, the 11th and 12th-century Benedictine monk and archbishop best known for his writings on Christ’s atonement and the existence of God.In a general audience given on Sept. 23, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI remembered St. Anselm as “a monk with an intenseRead More →

On April 20, Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine tradition honor Saint Anastasius of Sinai, a seventh-century monk and priest known for his scriptural commentaries and defenses of Church teaching. The Roman Catholic Church has traditionally celebrated St. Anastasius on the following day, April 21, though this memorial is not widelyRead More →

To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. —Philippians 4:20 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… When was the last time that you prayed and didn’t request things from God and you simply thanked and praised him? Why not use today as a day of thanks and praise?Read More →

James Oldo experienced a radical conversion that led him to become a Franciscan tertiary, and later a priest.He was born in 1364 into a rich family in Lodi, Italy. He married at a young age, and he and his wife both led a very self-indulgent lifesyle. One day, a travelingRead More →

My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you… —Galatians 4:19 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Paul had a clear goal for new followers of Jesus; he wanted Jesus to be formed in them. He wanted them to come to fullRead More →

April 18 commemorates the feast of Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin, a Canadian woman whose life was a story of obedience in the face of personal setbacks.Esther Blondin was born in 1809 to a pious, French-Canadian farm family in southern Quebec. When she was old enough, she began to work as aRead More →

Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. —James 4:17 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Jesus taught this principle when he healed on the Sabbath (Mark 3:1-7) and told the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37). Our Lord made it clear that toRead More →

From him [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. —Ephesians 4:16 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Ephesians and Colossians emphasize that no human being, or even group of human beings, is head ofRead More →

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. —1 Timothy 4:15-16 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… “Be diligent!” That’s not aRead More →

We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. —1 Thessalonians 4:14 Thoughts on Today’s Verse… As horrible as the Cross was, it wasn’t the final chapter of the Jesus story. Jesus died andRead More →