Category Archives: Saints

Snacking on the Word: John 20:15b

Mary Magdalene’s quote struck me in today’s gospel reading: Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Peter … Continue reading

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Saintly Confluences

My wife’s name saint is Anne. Her feast is Sunday, the day before we depart for the West. She is the patron of housewives, as many of you likely know. I didn’t learn until recently that the mother of Mary … Continue reading

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Worthy Women: Gertrud Luckner

 Gertrud Luckner, an English born German, spent a year of her life living in England. That year was 1932, and by the time she returned to Germany, she found her country completely transformed. Gertrud was stunned and horrified, and realized … Continue reading

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Worthy Women: Bonifacia Rodríguez y Castro

Bonifacia Rodríguez grew up as the daughter of a tailor in 19th century Salamanca, caring for her siblings and occasionally assisting her father with sewing. By 1865, her last surviving sibling married and Bonifacia remained with her widowed mother while making … Continue reading

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Worthy Women: Germaine Ribière

Germaine Ribière was about 23 in 1940, when Germany speedily defeated the French army. In the wake, General Petatin assumed leadership over the Vichy government. He won the loyalty of many French Catholics, including Church leaders, by restoring many historical … Continue reading

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Worthy Women: Chiara Offreduccio

Do you recognize the name? This worthy saint is better known for the town in which her father’s palatial estate was located. And while she is often paired with a man named Francis, this woman was a force to be … Continue reading

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Personal Feast Day(s)

Some people have options for celebrating their names saints. I suppose I have three: March 19th, the Sunday after Christmas, and today, the observance of Joseph the worker. It’s a wider choice for those named Mary in Christendom: with all … Continue reading

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