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The Joyful Mystic, Saint Teresa of Avila Prayer Reflections

I read a story recently about a study of the happiest countries on five different continents. Results showed that it wasn’t a surplus of money or goods that equated happiness. Rather it was the...Read more

Celebrating Saints and Mystics: Saint Ignatius Loyola

You might call it “Ignatian Imagination” – the meditative exercise developed by Saint Ignatius Loyola that draws us into a Scripture passage through our five senses. Read more

Celebrating Saints and Mystics: Benedict of Nursia

A young man grows tired of the hustle and bustle of urban life so he seeks a place in nature where he can live in quieter fashion. The silence in such a beautiful setting feeds his soul and he begins...Read more

Celebrating Saints and Mystics During the Liturgical Year

My Little Lives of the Saints booklets were precious possessions. As a child I pored over each account and studied the accompanying pictures. Each saint looked so serene and perfect. None were old,...Read more

Flowers for the Blessed Mother

What do you think the following flowers have in common: rose, thistle, violet, marigold, carnation, lily, and forget-me-not? Each one has a legend that associates the flower with the Blessed Mother....Read more

Virtue Series: Wellness and the New Year

Long before the term “holistic medicine” came into use, Hildegard of Bingen was putting it into practice. This twelfth century figure had a resume that could rival Leonardo da Vinci. She was not only...Read more

Prayer for All Saints

All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day celebrated annually on November 1st. On All Saints' Day, we honor those saints, known and unknown, who inspire us with their generous and faith-filled lives....Read more

Teresa of Avila and the Interior Castle

It sounds like something out of a fairy tale – a crystal castle with a spiraling set of rooms leading to a center point of beauty and mystery. This is the Interior Castle of Teresa of Avila. It is...Read more

Reflection on St Francis of Assisi

Is there any other saint who enjoys as much popularity as Francis of Assisi? Google his name and over 7 million results become accessible. Likenesses of him stand in gardens, parks, and churches,...Read more

Prayer of the Week: St Patrick's Day Prayer

On March 17, people all over the world celebrate Saint Patrick with parades, parties, and the wearing of green. Read more

Saints Louis and Zelie Martin

The recent canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, is an extraordinary event. It is the first time the Church has bestowed sainthood on a married couple within...Read more

Prayer of the Week: Prayer to Saint Joseph

On March 19th, we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Joseph. Joseph obeyed God, even when he did not understand what was being asked of him. Use these prayer cards with your family or class to...Read more

Circle of Saints

Late at night, when assailed by worries and fears, I draw them around me and call them by name. Michael. Mary Alice. Carl. Marie. James. Jacquie. The list goes on – my own personal “circle of saints”...Read more

Franciscan Simplicity

I don’t think I ever met anyone who longed for a more complicated life. Between the continual battle with “stuff” piled up in attics, closets, and basements, and the clutter in our minds and on our...Read more

Holy Things

I am not quite sure how it happened, but I ended up directing three retreats within the span of one week. It began with a day-long session with a mothers’ group here in Denver, progressed to an...Read more

Mary as Model of Motherhood

“Lovely Lady, dressed in blue…”  I sang this lyric every spring with my classmates as we festooned with flowers the statue of Mary during the annual May crowning at my high school. This annual...Read more

The Humility of Holy Week

Pope Francis caught the attention of the world this week for more than all of his “firsts” – first Latin American pope, first Jesuit pope, etc. After the surprising announcement of his election, he...Read more

Saint Joseph Feast Day
The Other Irish Saints

Six years ago I took off on a two-week visit to Ireland with my son, Eric. Ours was a counterpoint to the trek my husband, Ron, was about to take with our daughter, Anna. Eric and I figured that,...Read more

Confirmation Names
Halloween and All Saints Day

The neighborhood is starting to light up. Orange lights are strung across porch railings and pumpkins, scarecrows, and witches are perched along curbsides. One household erected a fake cemetery in...Read more

Spiritual Balance

I caught my foot on something last weekend and nearly fell over backwards. Although I avoided a near-catastrophic injury, I wrenched something in my hip. It seemed to portend a sustained period of...Read more

The Lives of the Saints: Blessed Pope John Paul II

  "As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live." Read more

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

As the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25) approaches, enjoy this series of articles on the life and ministry of this great saint by Scripture scholar, Father Donald Senior. Read more

Elizabeth Ann Seton: A Saint of New Beginnings

The year is coming to a rapid close. More than one person has told me of their eagerness to be done with the year. Health issues, job losses, and other setbacks generate hope that something good will...Read more

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Reflections of a Creative Saint: Hildegard of Bingen


Reflections of a Creative Saint: Hildegard of Bingen


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