Gregor Mendel: Priest, Teacher, Abbot, and Avid Beekeeper

Gregor Mendel: Priest, Teacher, Abbot, and Avid Beekeeper

The name of Gregor Mendel is inescapably linked to “genetics.” 

Mother Teresa's Miracles: How She Was Declared a Saint

Mother Teresa's Miracles: How She Was Declared a Saint

Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s life was a miracle, so to speak, in itself. At the age of eighteen, Mother Teresa left her home in Skopje, North Macedonia to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland, never to see her family again.  

Remembering Fr. George Coyne, SJ (1933-2020)

Remembering Fr. George Coyne, SJ (1933-2020)

Fr. George Coyne, SJ, passed away on February 14, 2020. He was an astrophysicist, a priest, the former director of the Vatican Observatory, and a “remarkable man.” His life and contributions are celebrated in moving tributes from the Vatican Observatory website and many other outlets, including the New York Times.

The Beauty that Attracted Saint Augustine

The Beauty that Attracted Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine is one of the most intriguing figures in the two-thousand-year history of Christianity. He represents misspent youth, passionate romance, a deep conversion, and ultimately a profound, compelling Christian faith. It’s a hard story not to fall in love with. If he were alive today we might imagine him (at least in his later life) as one of the media titans among our Catholic bishops (think Bishop Barron or Fulton Sheen).

An Easy Way to Do a Daily Examen

An Easy Way to Do a Daily Examen

Father Mark-Mary shows you how to do a daily examen—a simple spiritual exercise that could have a great impact on your life.

St. Patrick, the Cry of the Deer, and the Birth of Celtic Christianity

St. Patrick, the Cry of the Deer, and the Birth of Celtic Christianity

“So we have seen it, and so it has been fulfilled: indeed, we are witnesses that the Gospel has been preached unto those parts beyond which there lives nobody.” –St. Patrick, Confession 34

Vatican Observatory Celebrates Fr. Angelo Secchi, the Father of Astrophysics

Vatican Observatory Celebrates Fr. Angelo Secchi, the Father of Astrophysics

Let’s add Fr. Angelo Secchi to the list: the founders of the many branches of modern science that have been priests or religious, men and women of faith.

The Stages of Christian Mysticism – a Summary

The Stages of Christian Mysticism – a Summary

Christian mysticism arises when the Lord calls some people to a special life of contemplation that frequently includes mystical encounters with Him.

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