World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day

Today is World Children’s Day, first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day. It is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. This year, World Children’s Day...
Leftover Meat

Leftover Meat

I imagine a sadness that magazine writers, biographers, and authors have each shared is the discarding of veritable gold gathered from interviews. Often, because anecdotes, quotes, or stories don’t match up with written narratives, the profound stories shared by those...
Lone Hero

Lone Hero

To understand the missionary heart of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz, one should come to know of the Belgian who helped to inflame it – Chinese missionary, Fr. Vincent Lebbe. “Lebbe stories” had been passed like cups of sugar from one neighbor down to the next within the...
The Saints That Built Him

The Saints That Built Him

One of the treasures of having researched the life of Fr. Al for the biography I’ve been working on is the discovery of the many saints who’ve helped to engineer him. He drew from a wide and colorful palette of personalities, nationalities, and charisms. I found that...
The Spark

The Spark

So, how did this mission even start? Who or what was the catalyst? Venerable Aloysius Schwartz kept the secrets of his interior life very close – and he was too busy to wax nostalgic about his early motivations, inspirations and movements of the Spirit. “How, then,...