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Saints

John Paul II’s mother knew he would become a “great man” someday

Emilia Wojtyla had a motherly intuition that her son would do something profound with his life.

How St. Therese of Lisieux was nearly sent to Vietnam

The French Carmelite nun was ready and willing to be a missionary in Saigon.

The spiritual importance of St. Mary Salome’s legendary travels to France and Italy

For medieval Christians a local connection to a biblical figure reinforced the reality of the Gospel.

How St. Hilarion converted a band of robbers with a simple response

The robbers thought they could have their way with St. Hilarion, but were not prepared for what he said next.

A saint from Fatima’s neighboring town: St. Irene was a victim of sexual abuse

St. Irene was assaulted by her tutor and killed by the hired man of a rejected suitor.

During a severe drought in Canada, St. John de Brébeuf turned to St. Joseph

At the end of a novena to St. Joseph, a miraculous rain poured down upon the land.

Without this spiritual director, Teresa of Avila may have never become a saint

St. Peter of Alcántara encouraged Teresa and counseled her when no one else would.

Do you know which book in the Bible is called “Paul’s Gospel”?

This author reportedly traveled with Paul and wrote down everything he experienced.

John Paul II believed St. Lorenzo Ruiz was a model for all Filipino families

When he beatified and canonized Ruiz, he repeatedly pointed to him as a key to evangelization in the Philippines.

Bishop Barron: John Henry Newman in full

I am convinced that it is most helpful to read him in the both/and manner of his preconciliar disciples, to see all sides of him and not to lock him into ideological categories.

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