patron saint of persecution

Saint Maximilian Kolbe // A Prophet of Hope

Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, in one of his essays, relays his experience in Auschwitz. A Jew was being executed while the rest of the camp watched aghast....
August 14, 2022
patron saint of sleep

Saints to Turn to When You Can't Sleep

Some nights—and for a few of us, most nights—are restless and sleepless. Whether our lack of sleep is due to anxiety, a crying baby, a sick child, or a reason...
May 20, 2022
what is toxic shame

The Problem with Toxic Shame

In His goodness, God has turned the shame I carried all my life into His fame. He has made me into a survivor with a purpose: to let men and...
May 18, 2022
prayers for fresh starts

Catholic Prayers for New Beginnings

As the academic year comes to a close, it can feel like we are on the cusp of something new, long after we find ourselves counting down the days until...
May 11, 2022
Who's at Your Thanksgiving Table this Year?

Who's at Your Thanksgiving Table this Year?

We are moved to give during the Christmas season and may restrain from going overboard on the Christmas gifts because of our awareness of others going without. Our culture emphasizes...
November 23, 2021
One Year In

One Year In

On March 27, 2020, a rainy evening in Rome, Pope Francis stood overlooking an eerily-empty Saint Peter’s Square. Around the entire world, Catholics set aside their work and woke from...
March 08, 2021
sexual assault catholic

Healed and Restored

I first shared my story on Sunday, May 20, 2018: the Feast of Pentecost. That moment came after God sent a number of holy people into my life to help...
February 19, 2021