Art tells one story, history says another. Often certain biblical phrases don’t get translated very well. Take for example the common translation of Matthew 13:55. The people of Nazareth question Jesus’ divine power by asking, “Is he not the carpenter’s son?” This is, of course, in reference to Joseph, who is traditionally known as… Continue reading What did St. Joseph actually do as a carpenter?
His departure is known as the perfect example of a “happy death.” Little is known factually concerning the life of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus. He is mentioned only a few times in the Gospels, and never says a word. However, most biblical scholars believe Joseph died prior to Jesus’ crucifixion. This… Continue reading How did St. Joseph die?
Was he an old widower or a strapping young man? We don’t hear much about St. Joseph in the Bible. He is simply described as the “husband of Mary,” a “carpenter,” and a “just man” in the Gospel accounts. Neither his age nor his death is ever mentioned in Scripture. However, various traditions help… Continue reading How old was St. Joseph when Jesus was born?
Doctor of the Divinity of Christ. Bishop and Doctor of the Church (d. ca. 368) His life + Hilary was born into a noble family in Poitiers, France. Although he was raised as a pagan his philosophical inquiries and study of Sacred Scripture led him to the Christian Faith. + Appointed bishop of Poitiers… Continue reading Saint of the Day: St. Hilary of Poitiers (WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13)
It wasn’t until 1962 that St. Joseph finally joined all the other saints mentioned in the Eucharistic prayer. When developing the Eucharistic prayer that is said by the priest at Mass, it was decided early on that various saints would be mentioned by name. These included saints such as the Virgin Mary, St. Peter… Continue reading Why St. Joseph’s name was omitted from the Eucharistic prayer at Mass
Holy Cross Brother (1845-1937) His life + André was born near Montreal, Canada. Orphaned at the age of twelve, he was forced to support himself working as an unskilled laborer in the textile mills of New England. + In 1867, André returned to Canada and entered the Congregation of Holy Cross as a lay… Continue reading Saint of the Day: St. André Bessette
Redemptorist Bishop (1811-1860) His life + John Nepomucene Neumann was born in Bohemia. He had a great desire to serve a priest in the missions of America and, after completing his studies in Europe, he came to the United States and was ordained a priest in New York City in 1836. + After realizing… Continue reading Saint of the Day: St. John Neumann
Known for their teachings on the Most Holy Trinity. Bishops and Doctors of the Church (Fourth Century) Their story + Basil was born to a saintly family in Cappadocia in 330. Known for his learning and virtue, he lived as a hermit for several years before being named bishop of Caesarea in 370. +… Continue reading Saint of the Day: Sts Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
“Without real effort no one wins the crown”. Bishop and Martyr (1118-1170) His life + Thomas was born in London in 1118. A cleric of the diocese of Canterbury, he was appointed Chancellor to King Henry II, whom he served with great fidelity. + In 1162, as part of the king’s attempt to undermine… Continue reading Saint of the Day: St. Thomas Becket
“Sweet Flowers of Martyrdom” (First Century) Their story + Today the Church celebrates those children who were killed in Bethlehem and the surrounding area by order of King Herod. + These innocent victims gave testimony to the Messiah and Redeemer, not by their words, but by shedding their blood. + Honored as martyrs by… Continue reading AND TODAY WE CELEBRATE… The Feast of the Holy Innocents
Our First Parents Their story + While not honored as “Saints” in a formal sense, Adam and Eve have been celebrated in many countries on Christmas Eve since the Middle Ages. + In Germany, the day was marked by a “Paradise Play,” a telling of the story of salvation from Creation and the Fall… Continue reading AND TODAY WE CELEBRATE… SAINT OF THE DAY: Adam and Eve
The Christmas Crib (crèche) dates back to St. Francis of Assisi (Feast October 4). It was in 1293 that the first crèche was celebrated in the woods of Greccio near Assisi, on Christmas Eve. There lived in that town a man by the name of John (Messier Giovanni Velitta), a very holy man who… Continue reading Do you know the history of Christmas Crib? Find out here
Yes, usually it’s parents who pass the faith on to their children. But not always! As families gather around the world (virtually or physically) to celebrate the birth of Christ, many find their conversations tense because of the different faiths of various members of the family. While some families may not argue over these… Continue reading Saints who brought the faith to their parents
Priest devoted to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Priest and Founder (1833-1901) His life + José Manyanet was born in Tremp, Spain, in 1833. The son of peasant farmers, he began seminary studies at the age of twelve and was ordained a priest in 1859. + Following his ordination, he spent… Continue reading AND TODAY WE CELEBRATE… Saint of the Day: St. José Manyanet y Vives
Not only did St. Joseph have a “happy death,” he also had a joyous life learning from his son. While St. Joseph is widely known as the patron of a “happy death,” his happiness was not confined to the last hours of his life. In fact, St. Joseph also led a “happy life,”… Continue reading The secret to St. Joseph’s happiness during his life
Author of The Dark Night of the Soul. Discalced Carmelite Priest and Doctor of the Church (1542-1591) His life + Juan Yepez was born in Old Castille, Spain, in 1542. He entered the Carmelite Order in 1563 and was ordained a priest in 1567. + Shortly after his ordination, John of the… Continue reading AND TODAY WE CELEBRATE… Saint of the Day: St. John of the Cross