A saint who ate very little

Prayer, fasting and almsgiving stand as the three pillars of Lent and make St. Joseph Oriol a model of Christian living, at least in spirit. This 17th … Read More

From caves to stoning and back

The story of St. Abraham Kidunia is one of perseverance, both in following his vocation and his work as a missionary. Abraham was born late in the … Read More

From nobility to abbess

That St. Catherine de’Vigri, or Catherine of Bologna, became a Poor Clare nun could be seen as expected because of her pious mother or a surprise since … Read More

A key figure in Icelandic Catholicism

The story of the Catholic Church in Iceland has been one of struggle. One key figure was Jón Ögmundsson. Irish monks discovered Iceland in about 800. The … Read More

A positive family influence

An old saying has it that we’re known by the company we keep. The first company we keep is our family. The family of St. Milburga put … Read More

Called to treat a slave as a brother

Forgiveness ranks as one of Christianity’s leading traits. In the Gospels we see Jesus both forgiving sins and telling us, through Peter, that we must forgive “77 … Read More

Some controversy around this saint’s death

The martyrdom of St. Apollonia of Alexandria, while acclaimed then, raised issues for later theologians. Scholars dismiss a legend that Apollonia was a miracle baby born to … Read More

Being an abbess ran in the family

The story of St. Werburga of Chester has it all: royalty, saints, wild geese, Danish raiders — even Lady Godiva. This 7th-century English saint was born at … Read More

Walking across the water

It can be tempting to think that women demanded and received equal rights only recently. The life of St. Cannera (also known as Cainder, Conaire and Kinnera) … Read More

This king was a great Dane

St. Canute IV of Denmark led a checkered life that combined good and less attractive elements. Canute (also called Cnut, Knud and Knute) was born in the … Read More