Young mother of three advances along path to sainthood – Vatican News

Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, whose heroic virtue has been recognised by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints  Young mother of three advances along path to sainthood Pope Francis authorizes sthe promulgation of Decrees concerning the heroic virtues of the Servants of God Enrica Beltrame Quattrocchi, the daughter of a couple beatified in 2001; Placido Cortese, a Franciscan friar who died under torture by the Gestapo; and a young Italian mother, Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin, who delayed chemotherapy treatments in order to save her unborn child. By Benedetta Capelli Three figures whose lives were characterised by surrender to God’s love, trust in His mercy, and hope in His forgiveness. These are the traits that distinguish the new Venerable Servants of God. After Monday’s audience with Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis authorised the Dicastery to promulgate the Decrees concerning the heroic virtues of Enrichetta Beltrame Quattrocchi, Fra Placido Cortese, and Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin. “Riccardo, you are a gift for us” The story of Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin recalls those of St Gianna Beretta Molla, and more recently of Chiara Corbella Petrillo. Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin was born on 18 August...

Saints Louis & Zélie Martin: Suffering in Love & Faithfulness

The World’s Thy Ship “The world’s thy ship, and not thy home.” I remember reading that phrase for the first time in St. Therese’s Story of a Soul. In her early twenties, at the time of writing this, she would be considered wise beyond her years. Her wisdom came at no small cost, though – […] Source: Saints Louis & Zélie Martin: Suffering in Love &...

“Quo Vadis?” St. Peter’s Call to Martyrdom in Rome

  Two summers ago, we took a trip to Italy, and after emerging from the Catacombs, we stumbled onto the Quo Vadis church. “Quo Vadis?” (“Where are you going?”) refers to a story about St. Peter, passed down through pious tradition.  In this story, Peter is fleeing Rome, where persecution is rampant. As he walks down […] Source: “Quo Vadis?” St. Peter’s Call to Martyrdom in...

St. Thomas: An Apostle Who Was Sent

Modern readers tend to see the Gospel through a filter of tradition. We see individual characters as we have been trained to see them: as the sum of the sermons preached about them. The text may present them as complex, with a variety of competing virtues and failings, but our mental shorthand reduces them to […] Source: St. Thomas: An Apostle Who Was...

Parents Of The Saints: The Hidden Heroes Behind Our Favorite Saints

$27.95 Author: Patrick O’Hearn Description Additional Information As parents, helping our children get to Heaven is of the utmost importance. The only other alternative is Hell, and both destinations are for eternity. As we look back through history and study the lives of the Saints, it is oftentimes easy to forget the role that the parents of these holy men and women played in their formation and ultimate salvation. In this book, discover the hidden heroes behind Sts. Faustina, Giana Molla, Josemaría Escrivá, Pope John Paul II, Maximilian Kolbe, Padre Pio, Thérèse, and countless others. Learn how over 100 parents formed their children into great Saints by way of their virtuous lives. There are seven hallmarks we can associate with the success of these saintly parents:  Sacramental Life Surrender Sacrificial love Suffering Simplicity Solitude Sacredness of Life Each chapter of this book examines a particular hallmark in depth. If we want our children to get to Heaven, there are few examples we should pay more attention to than the ones put forth here. The time is now to fulfil our vocations as parents and lead our children down the straight and narrow path to...

Saint Alphonsus, a teacher of mercy for the evangelization of the least – Vatican News

The Pope: Saint Alphonsus, a teacher of mercy for the evangelization of the least Pope Francis sends a message on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori as a Doctor of the Church. By Vatican News staff reporter In a message to the Rev. Fr. Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R., Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) and Moderator General of the Alphonsian Academy, Pope Francis writes that 150 years on from this “joyous anniversary,” the example of Saint Alfonsus “vigorously indicates the main road to bring consciences closer to the welcoming face of the Father, because the salvation that God offers us is the work of his mercy.” Advocate of the most vulnerable The Pope notes that this Doctor of the Church was a “listener,” a teacher of mercy and a person who welcomed “the fragility of the most spiritually abandoned men and women.” Allowing himself to be challenged by life itself, says the Pope,  Saint Alphonsus was also an “advocate of the least, the fragile and those discarded by the society of his time.”   The path this Saint chose to tread, writes Pope Francis, led him...