St. Dominic and the Origins of the Rosary

Richard SontagFrance, Italy, Spiritual Reflections

While some dispute the historical account of the presentation of the Rosary by Our Lady to St. Dominic, many theologians and Popes have upheld this understanding. History reveals that St. Dominic was the first to preach and teach the Rosary as a form of meditative prayer, and the first to see the benefits reaped from meditation upon its mysteries. In … Read More

St. Maria Goretti – Example of Mercy and Love

Richard SontagItaly, Spiritual Reflections

In the eyes of the world, Maria Goretti was unremarkable. Young, poor, and uneducated, she could not even read or write. Yet, her heroic purity and forgiving spirit have made her great in the eyes of God and the Church. Maria was born on the eastern side of Italy, but her family moved to a home near the small seaside … Read More

Ein Karem and John the Baptist

Richard SontagHoly Land

In the southwest part of Jerusalem lies the ancient village of Ein Karem, literally meaning “Spring of the Vineyard,” and known by some as the “most beautiful neighborhood in Jerusalem.” Surrounded by green hills and forests, many travel to this village to experience its picturesque beauty and visit the various Christian and historical sites there. According to Christian tradition, St. … Read More

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Andrea JoinesFrance

In the late 17th century, Jesus appeared to a young nun, now St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, in the convent of the Visitation Sisters in Paray-le-Monial, France, to speak of his love for all people and to instruct her in the devotion to His Sacred Heart. He said to her, “My Divine Heart is so passionate of love for humanity and … Read More

St. Martin of Tours

Richard SontagUncategorized

Saint Martin of Tours was born to pagan parents in the early 4th century. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a Roman legionary, though he had already decided in his heart to follow Christ. It wasn’t until one of his more famous encounters that he was indeed baptized as a Christian. One winter’s day, in the city of … Read More

Pope Francis Canonized Two Saints

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

On Sunday, June 5, Pope Francis canonized two saints. Pope Francis called Swedish-born Elizabeth Hesselblad and Stanislaus Papczynski “exemplary witnesses to this mystery of resurrection” during the canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Elizabeth Hesselblad saved the lives of 12 Jewish members of the Piperno-Sed families by hiding them in the convent in Rome where she was superior from December … Read More