The saint we celebrate today took a positive attitude toward life, despite poverty and the lack of acceptance in his childhood. Let's discover more about Martin de Porres.
Sainte Thérèse of the Child Jesus, daughter of two saints, Zélie and Louis Martin, who are the first married couple to be canonized in the same ceremony, in 2015. She was canonized in 1927, proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.
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Looking back over my life, it seems that the depiction and talk of angels waxes and wanes. In older churches, we see ceilings and walls adorned with them. In pop culture, we’ve had TV shows like "Touched by an Angel" and "Highway to Heaven" and of course the classic movie, "It’s a Wonderful Life" where Jimmy Stewart’s character is led from despair to hope by his 'on the job' training angel, Clarence. And, of course, we have the chubby figurines with wings that you’ll find in gift stores around the world.
Recently I viewed a Public Broadcasting documentary about Mexico, its rich heritage, which included an exploration a popular holiday, the Day of the Dead. This festive yet reflective holiday is a celebration of life, and of ancestry - a day believed to reunite all those who died with the living. It is an important day that brings back the memory of deceased loved ones, lest they be forgotten.
Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, spent 50 years suffering from the Stigmata, the Crucifixion wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ. A Capuchin priest at the monastery in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, he was renowned as a confessor who could see into the soul.
Yesterday we were privileged to have a Holy Cross Cardinal from Bangladesh join us for our feast day, Our Lady of Sorrows. I’m sure his visit will be memorable for a variety of reasons, but one reason will stand out. During his homily he spoke of the seven sorrows of Mary; but he managed to find a silver lining in each of the seven sorrows.