Happy Feast of St. Frances Cabrini!

“Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized…In 35 years Frances Xavier Cabrini founded 67 institutions dedicated to caring for the poor, the abandoned, the uneducated and the sick. Seeing great need among Italian immigrants who were losing their faith, she organized schools and adult education classes.”

Learn more about St. Frances Xavier Cabrini here!

St. Frances Cabrini, pray for us!

Solemnity of All Saints and All Souls!

Happy All Saints (today) and All Souls (tomorrow)! On November 1 and 2, the Church celebrates these feasts, remembering the saints in heaven and all the faithful departed.

What are the origins of these feast days? Find out here!

Take a moment today to celebrate the lives of the saints, by learning about them and praying to them. Perhaps you can pick a few saints to focus on with your family today. Then, tomorrow, make sure to take time to pray for your relatives and friends who have passed away and for all the souls in Purgatory.

Happy Feast Day!

Two New U.S. Saints!

As of today, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and Blessed Marianne Cope are now Saint Kateri and Saint Marianne!

Read a little about the lives of these holy women of God.

“She reminds us that Jesus came for all people in every age, but especially for the lowly, whom God loves in a special way.” -Archbishop Chaput, speaking about St. Kateri

Saints Kateri and Marianne, pray for us!

Happy Feast of St. Luke!

St. Luke, the Gospel writer and physician, is the patron saint of artists, brewers, butchers, doctors, notaries, painters, physicians and surgeons.

In his Gospel, St. Luke emphasizes the universality of salvation, the poor and lowly, God’s mercy, and joy in following Jesus.

“Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.’” -Luke 5:10

St. Luke, pray for us!

Happy Feast of St. Faustina!

St. Maria Faustina Kowalska is remembered along with the Feast of Divine Mercy and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Learn more about here life here.

To celebrate her feast day, reflect on these beautiful quotes from her diary:

“Let Souls who are striving for perfection particularly adore My mercy, because the abundance of graces which I grant them flows from My mercy.”

“When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls.”

“I have found that the greatest power is hidden patience. I see that patience always leads to victory, although not immediately; but that victory will become manifest after many years.”

St. Faustina, help me to trust in Jesus as you did and to glorify His mercy every moment of my life. St. Faustina, pray for us!

 

Happy Feast of St. Vincent de Paul!

Read about the life of St. Vincent de Paul. How are you extending charity to the lives of the needy in your community?

“Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance.” – St Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!

Happy Feast of St. Matthew!

“As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he rose and followed him. And as he sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard it, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’” -Matthew 9:9-13

Happy Feast of St. Gregory the Great!

St. Gregory the Great truly was a saint of “great” accomplishments. But most importantly, St. Gregory accepted God’s will for him with deep humility and a servant’s heart.

Read more about the life of St. Gregory the Great. One of the things he is known for is strengthening respect for Catholic doctrine among the faithful. How well do you know your Catholic doctrine? Take a moment to learn how to better explain and defend Catholic Church teachings at CatholicsComeHome.org!

St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!

Happy Feasts of Saints Monica and Augustine!

At Catholics Come Home, we hear from many parents who continually pray for their children to return to the Catholic Church. There are few people who understand these parents’ hearts and struggles better than St. Monica.

St. Monica prayed unceasingly, fasted, and wept for the conversion of her son, Augustine, back to the Catholic Faith from his wayward lifestyle. Before St. Monica’s death, St. Augustine became a practicing Catholic–and he would later go on to become one of the greatest bishops and theologians the Church has ever seen.

“I do not know what there is left for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled. All I wished for was that I might see you a Catholic and a child of Heaven. God granted me even more than this in making you despise earthly felicity and consecrate yourself to His service.” -St. Monica to St. Augustine

If you have children away from the Church (or any family or close friends), pray to St. Monica! In her own words: “Nothing is far from God.”

St. Monica (feast day: August 27) and St. Augustine (feast day: August 28), pray for us!