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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB



Therese Martin was born on January 2, 1873, in France. After their mother died, her two older sisters, Pauline and Marie, entered the Carmelite convent of Lisieux. These losses plunged young Therese into an emotional illness from which she was miraculously cured by the “Smiling Virgin” Mary. Early on, Therese dreamed of becoming a Carmelite ...read more
Andrew, from Phu Yen (1624–1644), became a martyr for his faith. Born to a poor mother in the province of Phu Yen, he went on to study with the Jesuits and was baptized when he was sixteen years old. He became a catechist and evangelized with zeal, filled with the love of God and wanting ...read more
Pier Giorgio Frassati was born in Turin (Italy) on April 6, 1901. His mother was a painter. His father, a notorious agnostic, was an impressive man: founder of the liberal newspaper La Stampa and influential in politics, he was named Senator and Ambassador of Italy in Germany. Pier Giorgio grew up with a younger sister, ...read more
Agnes, a young Christian convert, is honored as one of the four great virgin martyrs of the Christian Church. She died for her faith in the early fourth century during the reign of Diocletian (284-305), the Roman emperor who ordered the last great persecution of Christians, starting in early 303. St. Agnes, not only had ...read more
“Just as salt gives flavour to food and light illumines the darkness, so too holiness gives full meaning to life and makes it reflect God’s glory. How many saints, especially young saints, can we count in the Church’s history! In their love for God their heroic virtues shone before the world, and so they became ...read more
[Father Thomas Rosica provided a morning reflection July 17th for the International Convention of the Communications Workers of America (CWA – AFL CIO), held at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre. Here is the text from his address.] Dear Friends, Thank you for the invitation to be with you this morning at the 69th Convention of the ...read more
On July 4, the Church remembers Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, whom Pope John Paul II called “the man of eight Beatitudes,” at his Beatification Ceremony in St. Peter’s Square in 1990, and whom the then Holy Father upheld on many occasions after that as a model of Christian living for young people. Pier Giorgio was ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Pope Benedict recently authorized the promulgation of two new saints and 320 new blessed. Among the 320 soon-to-be blessed is the remarkable story of martyrdom attributed to Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian peasant who was guillotined in Berlin in 1943 for having refused any collaboration with the Nazis. He was 36, a ...read more
On June 29, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, five new Canadian Archbishops took part in an ancient liturgical ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The newly appointed Archbishops, all named by Pope Benedict XVI over the past seven months, are Gérard Pettipas, C.Ss.R. of Grouard-McLennan (Alberta); Richard Smith (Edmonton); Terrence Prendergast, S.J., ...read more
Father’s Day offers us a good opportunity to consider seriously the crisis of fatherhood in the world. The present challenges to fatherhood cannot be understood in isolation from the culture in which we live. Many people today ask whether fathers are really necessary or even desirable for the raising of children. In spite of the ...read more