Author Archives: Emily Wischnowski

Saint John Eudes

Saint of the Day for August 19 (November 14, 1601 – August 19, 1680) Post by Franciscan Media Stained glass window in Saint-Pierre de Dourdain | photo by GO69 Saint John Eudes’ Story How little we know where God’s grace will lead. Born on a farm in northern France, John died at 79 in the next “county” or department. In ... Read More »

Saint Stephen of Hungary

Post by Franciscan Media Saint of the Day for August 16 (975 – August 15, 1038) Imre Varga’s statue of Saint Stephen I, Apostolic king of Hungary, 1993, along the cathedral, Aachen, Germany Saint Stephen of Hungary’s Story The Church is universal, but its expression is always affected—for good or ill—by local culture. There are no “generic” Christians; there are ... Read More »

Solemnity Of The Assumption Of Mary

Post by Franciscan Media Detail | Ceiling of the Assumption of Mary in Santa Maria Immacolata a via Veneto, Rome | photo by Livioandronico The Story of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be ... Read More »

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

Saint of the Day for August 14 (January 8, 1894 – August 14, 1941) Stained glass in Our Lady of Czestochowa Grotto (Sorrowful Mother Shrine) | photo by Nheyob “I don’t know what’s going to become of you!” How many parents have said that? Maximilian Mary Kolbe’s reaction was, “I prayed very hard to Our Lady to tell me what ... Read More »

Saints Pontian and Hippolytus

Image: Photo of Il Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata | photo by Giovanni Novara Saint of the Day for August 13 (d. 235) https://www.franciscanmedia.org/author/franciscan-media Saints Pontian and Hippolytus’ Story Two men died for the faith after harsh treatment and exhaustion in the mines of Sardinia. One had been pope for five years, the other an antipope for 18. They ... Read More »

Saint Jane Frances De Chantal

August 12. Saint Jane Frances de Chantal was a wife and the mother of six. When her husband was killed, Saint Jane took a vow not to remarry and sought to join a religious community. She was dissuaded by her spiritual director, Saint Francis de Sales. Eventually, she and two others founded a community intended for those who could not ... Read More »

This is superb: the story of the basketball star who became a nun

August 4, 2019 by Deacon Greg Kandra You won’t find a better vocation story than this. Check this out, from ESPN:  She left with the clothes on her back, a long blue dress and a pair of shoes she’d never wear again. It was June 8, 1991, a Saturday morning, and Shelly Pennefather was starting a new life. She posed ... Read More »

ST. MARY MAGDALENE: ENIGMA, HERO, APOSTLE

July 22, 2019 by Monsignor Eric Barr, STL Let’s get holy.  On this Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, a look at this extraordinary woman is going to deepen our friendship with Christ. Cast away your images of her in Jesus Christ Superstar, or The Last Temptation of Christ, or the myriad of other films and books about this woman our ... Read More »

WAS JESUS A SOCIALIST?

LAWRENCE REED Well, if socialism is nothing more than being kind to other people, then you might think the answer is yes. But you can be kind to other people and be a capitalist. John D. Rockefeller probably gave away more money than anyone in human history, and he was certainly a capitalist. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have given ... Read More »

Practical Tips for Serving Others in Business

By Catherine Moran Two short verses from Scripture deliver a good business model for anyone to follow, especially Catholic business professionals. The first verse reads: “Whatsoever you do, do it with the heart, as to the Lord and not men” (Colossians 3:23), and the second reads: “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men” (Ephesians 6:7, NIV). ... Read More »