Why Pray the Rosary?

As a convert from Protestantism, I have struggled through the years to understand and appreciate the Rosary.  Nevertheless, I am wise enough to know that any aversion to a devotion recommended by so many saints and wise men is a problem with me, and not the Rosary.   Before I pray the Rosary, I have asked … Continue

Life of St. Catherine of Siena, Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Birth of Catherine; her infancy; wonderful circumstances that take place. Lapa became the mother of two delicate daughters at a birth (1347); but the weakness of their bodies wo not destined to impair the energy of their souls. The mother, not being able to nourish both, found herself obliged to confide one of … Continue

New! Free Catholic Catechism Program

Dear friends, This week, I will begin opening a program of four courses that lead students through every question of the Compendium of the Catholic Church.  This program will be absolutely free for all students of all ages and, knowing the current challenges many Catholics are facing, will hopefully become a helpful source for Catholic … Continue

Life of St. Catherine of Siena, Chapter 1

Chapter 1 Of Catharine’s Parents and their worldly condition. There lived in the city of Sienna, in Tuscany, a man named Jacomo, who was descended from the family of the Benencasa, a man simple, loyal, fearing God, and separated from every vice. After losing his parents he married a countrywoman called Lapa. This woman had … Continue

January 31. St. Marcella, Widow

St. Marcella, whom St. Jerome called the glory of the Roman women, became a widow in the seventh month after her marriage. Having determined to consecrate the remainder of her days to the service of God, she rejected the hand of Cerealis, the consul, uncle of Gallus Caesar, and resolved to imitate the lives of … Continue

January 28. St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas was born of noble parents at Aquino, in Italy, 1226 AD. At the age of nineteen he received the Dominican habit at Naples, where he was studying. Seized by his brothers on his way to Paris, he suffered a two years’ captivity in their castle of Rocca-Secca; but neither the caresses of his … Continue