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
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”
~ Matthew 5:8
What does it mean to be pure of heart?
It means to be clean, blameless, unstained from guilt. Being pure of heart involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no hypocrisy, no guile, no hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by transparency and an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. It is more than an external purity of behavior; it is an internal purity of soul. Continue reading