Saint of the Month

Be humble St. John of the Cross

Feast Day: Dec. 14

St. John of the Cross, born Juan de Yepes Álvarez, (June 24, 1542 – Dec. 14, 1591) holds the title of Doctor of the Church. He was a Carmelite friar and priest, a mystic, and a major figure of the Counter-Reformation. His writings and poetry, including Ascent to Mount Carmel, Dark Night of the Soul, and A Spiritual Canticle, are considered to be the summit of mystical Spanish literature.

Lessons from the path to holiness: take up your cross Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed Teresa, or Mother Teresa, (Aug. 26, 1910 – Sept. 5, 1997) was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Albania. She joined the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland at 18 and spent the first 20 years of her religious life as a teacher and principal of a convent school in Calcutta, India.

Perpetua and Felicity

The heartbreaking account of the martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity was written by Perpetua herself and continues to mystify and edify Christians today.

St. Perpetua became a Christian in 203 A.D. during a period of persecution. Her father was against her decision and attempted to dissuade her.


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