Martyrs of the Church — Saint Joan of Arc

Perhaps novelist Mark Twain describes our saint for today best: “When we reflect that her century was the brutalest, the wickedest, the rottenest in history since the darkest ages, we are lost in wonder at the miracle of such a product from such a soil.”


Martyrs of the Church — Saint Jude

I’ve been praying to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes and desperate cases, for so long that I can’t remember how I happened to start praying to him. When things are out of your control, when there’s nothing you can do about it, St. Jude is a good friend.


Martyrs of the Church — Edith Stein

Edith Stein stayed up all night reading an autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila. The 29-year-old Jewish scholar, who had lost her faith in God as a teenager, said, “When I had finished the book, I said to myself, ‘This is the truth.’”


Small museum in Pacific Northwest has world's largest rosary collection

STEVENSON, Wash. (CNS) — Travelers who happen upon a regional museum in Washington state are frequently surprised to find there the largest collection of rosaries in the world — according to no less an authority than "Ripley's Believe It or Not."


Martyrs of the Church — San José Luis Sánchez del Río

The word “martyr” is used to refer to a person who gives his or her life for defending their religious beliefs and principles. San José Luis Sánchez del Río was a martyr during the movement of the Cristiada.