Bishop Sheen Rosaries

St. John of Egypt - Father Figure of the Desert Fathers

St. John of Egypt - Father Figure of the Desert Fathers

St. John of Egypt became cloistered at the age of 25, and for the first decade of his life learned from a hermit. This hermit would teach St. John obedience and patience through often frustrating means, such as watering a stick every day for a year.

I can only imagine what St. John was thinking at the time. Especially when, after the year was up, the hermit just threw the stick away!

Saint Cuthbert

Saint Cuthbert

This phase in Saint Cuthbert’s life is not too different from where we are at now. He was able to use the solitude and created schedules for himself that helped him grow in holiness. We need to do the same thing during this time of isolation.

The Founding of Venice

The Founding of Venice

The Roman Empire was falling and barbarians were sweeping across modern day Italy. Villagers would hear the approaching raiders and flee into the channels and small islands that surrounded them. When the raiders would leave, they would try to reestablish their homes in the surrounding plains, only to be run into hiding again.

Life Transitions and Covid-19

Life Transitions and Covid-19

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a tendency to be stubborn. It is a gift of my Irish ancestry that I like to think I always know best, and have no problem arguing my point. Fortunately for me God is far more strong willed than I am.