The life of St. Augustine is one of the most beautiful examples of God’s unfailing love and unconditional mercy. Augustine, right from a tender age was subject to the various ways of the world which influenced him and led him down the paths of sin and corruption. Only something that is good is capable of undergoing corruption, for if it were not good then there would be nothing in it to be corrupted. Being a creation of God, Augustine was therefore good, just as we are and hence, was subject to the corruption of this world. Continue reading
The life of St. Monica is one of great fortitude, patience, perseverance and prayer. Her life situation could have easily turned her into a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent; yet she was none of these. At a young age of 13, she was given in marriage to a pagan, Patricius. No sooner she was married; she realized that this marriage was not going to be smooth sailing. But Monica neither grumbled nor despaired. She busied herself in trying to lead her husband to God by preaching to him, not in words but by her behavior. Continue reading
Last December, as part of a family vacation, I got to spend a few days in Rome, Italy. Amidst hours of walking around taking in the sights, sounds and slices of pizza, I can vividly remember stepping into a church – The Church of the Gesù. This one was particularly special because it housed, in a silver reliquary part of the right arm of our very own Goencho Saib and also the tomb of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
I had to know more… so I did a bit of reading. Continue reading
Even if she had not been a martyr, she would still have been a saint, so holy was her everyday life.
~ Cardinal Salotti
Saint Maria Goretti whose feast is celebrated on July 6 is a virgin-martyr and one of the youngest canonized saints.
Maria lost her father to malaria when she was nine and since then her life was very hard. Her family was forced to give up the farm, their home and share a house with another family, the Serenellis. Maria looked after the household chores and watched her younger sister Teresa while her mother and brothers worked in the fields. Continue reading