Saints

The Five Minute Catholic writes a little about happiness, and then defers to St. John Vianney.

Below are some thoughts about finding happiness that I wrote a couple of years or more ago in some emails. I guess ideally I’d not be trying to find happiness in things, places, etc. I believe I know the Source of happiness, and so I know how I’d like to truly answer that question [about […]

On Relics and Reverence For the Bodies of the Dead

Angels are pure spirit; animals and plants are purely physical matter. Our glory is to unite the material and the spiritual within our own person. Jesus crowns this human glory in the Incarnation. + There is a tendency today to conclude that when a person dies he is no longer here; he has gone away […]

Attaining Holiness: Our Efforts and God’s Grace

Although asceticism is necessary for the spiritual life, we must realize that in a certain sense all asceticism is destined to fail. Human beings cannot change themselves by their own power. We must desire holiness and do all we can to acquire it. [Saint] Therese said: “I don’t want to be a saint by halves!” […]

The Gap Between Me and the Saints

STUPID: I know some people can become saints, but I’m not one of them. The gap between me and the saints is like the gap between a pebble and a mountain. SENSIBLE: I have four answers to that. First, a pebble is a part of a mountain. It’s made of the same stuff. Second, all […]

To Do the Works of Martha In the Spirit of Mary

Very few people are good at doing two or more things at once, especially contemplating and acting, praying and working, Mary-ing and Martha-ing at the same time. But de Cassaude shows you how to do just that, to unite Mary and Martha, to do the works of Martha in the spirit of Mary. He does […]

Authors Whose Names Begin With S

  From the Sacred Art Series website: St. Philip Neri encouraged his spiritual children to meditate on a spiritual maxim or saying throughout each day. St. Philip Neri had so many of these sayings that, eventually, his followers organized them so there’s one for every day of the year. (All 365 are available at our […]

The Communion of Saints

C.S. Lewis, referring to Saint Augustine, says, “He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God alone” (The Weight of the Glory). But don’t we need each other too? “People who need people…” Saint Thomas Aquinas asks, in the Summa, whether the fellowship of human friendship is necessary for […]