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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB



The martyrs of the era of World War II were remarkable men and women of valor. Some endured years of horror and pain, and others were killed in sudden violence. Blessed Marcel Callo endured several forms of martyrdom before dying, but he entered the arena of suffering with a willing heart, as he explained it, ...read more
A young Filipino catechist martyred on Guam. He traveled to Guam with Blessed Father Diego Luis San Vitores (beatified in 1985) and there encountered hostile natives. Both he and Blessed Diego were murdered and hurled into the sea. Their bodies were never recovered. Pedro was beatified on March 5, 2000. From the homily of Pope ...read more
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