Catholic Schools Week and Serving the Poor

Catholic Schools Week and Serving the Poor

Needy’s Story This is Needy’s story in her own words: “My first memories began at the age of four when I saw how my father hit my mother. She did not defend herself. At the age of six I was in kindergarten; one day they brought me home from school because my father...
The Radical Faith of a Saint in Collapse

The Radical Faith of a Saint in Collapse

All to Bring the Poor to Christ Which was the most difficult for Washington D.C. native Venerable Aloysius Schwartz: a) Become the first American seminarian in the history of Maryknoll formation to leave (he considered their missionary work too comfortable) and join...
Surprised by Joy – A Visit to Girlstown

Surprised by Joy – A Visit to Girlstown

Serve the Lord with Joy I recently was given the great grace of attending a pilgrimage with Legatus to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and then a visit to our own Villa de las Niñas in Chalco, Mexico. As has become customary, visiting the...
The Difference Faith Makes in Poverty Relief

The Difference Faith Makes in Poverty Relief

Intangibles of Transformation Recently I was talking with a graduate of the Sisters of Mary school in Mexico. I asked him, “What is the most significant thing the Sisters taught you?” His response surprised me, “To clean.”  He’s been successful in life— following...
Hardwired For a Miracle

Hardwired For a Miracle

TO CREATE A MIRACLE The mystery, substance and grinding work of helping to move along the canonization of a saint in the Catholic Church can be exemplified by Sr. Josephine, a cloistered Carmelite nun whose monastery is tucked away in a small Illinois town. Six months...
The Rhythm of the Saints

The Rhythm of the Saints

READING THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS In the many weeks spent researching the life of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz, founder of World Villages for Children and the Sisters of Mary, I had, of course, discovered countless compelling aspects of his personality and priesthood: he...