Sometimes we might have this idea that a saint is supposed to go forth and perform great deeds like founding a new religious order or converting a nation only to then die a brutal, heroic, martyr’s death… maybe not, there’s plenty of saints that didn’t happen to. St. Andre Bessette is one such saint! Yes, he became known as a miracle worker, but his life of simplicity shows us that while a saint may do great things, grandeur is not the path of a saint. Join the Social and meet this holy porter!
Life is chalk full of struggles, some of which threaten to consume our very person. We can be very thankful for the witnesses of those who came before us, who have encountered our struggles, and can be our greatest friends amidst times of intense darkness. Today, I’d like to introduce you to an Italian mystic who endured great hardship, and gave us incredible insights into Purgatory. Join the Social and meet St. Catherine of Genoa!
It is absolutely critical for us to exercise our spirits, because when the storms of life hit we rely on the resilience of our spirit. Getting in the habit of consistent prayer strengthens us, even if it might not feel like it. As we learn with St. Peter Faber, commitment to our own spirits brings about a reform of heart in those around us, and fills us with immense peace and confidence in God’s plan. Join the Social to learn about the first Jesuit priest!
Amongst the whole family of canonized saints in the Church, there aren’t a ton of royalty, and even of those that were, many often opted to live as the poor do. Today we meet a French king, the only French king who is a canonized saint. He is a phenomenal example of how to approach duty with the understanding that all we are given comes from God. Join the Social and meet St. Louis IX of France!
Private revelations are a wonderful thing, as they provide extra tools to help us on our faith journeys by way of devotions. Today, we meet the patron saint of Sweden, a mystic who has passed along several devotions that unite us with the suffering and sorrow of Christ and the Blessed Mother. So come join the Social, and meet St. Bridget of Sweden!
Extraordinary virtue doesn’t necessarily mean extraordinary action. As we see today, sometimes our path to sainthood simply means that we look after our immediate neighbors. The poor and the downtrodden within our local community. What a wonderful example then Blessed Pier provides. What a great reminder that love of one another is the primary call of the Christian life. Join the Social today, and meet Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati!
Some stories can seem so simple, yet they are so incredibly powerful. Today, we meet St. Damien of Molokai, who gave of himself entirely to help the lepers of the Hawaiian Islands. Let’s rejoice that God has given us yet another great companion on this journey of ours to demonstrate for us that all people have inherent dignity.
The last few episodes we’ve been introduced to some more modern figures. So modern that they are still only in the beginning stages of their saintly causes. Well today we go waaay back to one of the Church Fathers. A man who had a significant impact on theology and the Divine Liturgy. Today, I introduce you to St. Basil the Great!
Today I get to introduce you to a fella I have some special connections to. Not only do we have the same birthday, but I also attended the high school that bears his name! His story is something pretty incredible, so I invite you to Join the Social and learn about this Medal of Honor recipient!
We are all called to be saints. What does it take to be a saint? Virtue! But virtue can look different as it’s a unique expression of God’s work in one’s life. Because God is the ultimate judge of one’s character, the Catholic Church takes identifying saints very seriously. The first step is declaring someone as a Servant of God, meaning they are being investigated for sainthood. Join the Social to learn the story of this incredible woman from Toronto who bears this title!