Blessed James Oldo

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...

Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin

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,...

World on Fire

Monday was April 15.  Tax Day.  Millions of Americans dutifully, and under threat of prison, paid their taxes suspecting that a significant portion of their income was about to be squandered.  It is reasonable for this day to cause introspection and analysis. ...

Saint Stephen Harding

St. Stephen Harding is regarded as the founder of the Cistercian monasteries. He was born in Dorset, England, and educated at Sherborne Abbey. After studying in Paris and Rome, he visited the monastery of Molesme. Impressed by its holy abbot, Robert of Molesme,...
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