By Junno Arocho Esteves | Catholic News Service | twitter:@arochoju
VATICAN CITY — As extraordinary as the apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, nearly 100 years ago were, the sanctity of the shepherd children did not hinge on their having seen Mary, a cardinal said.
"The apparition of the Virgin Mary was an occasion, but it has nothing to do with or has not influenced the reason" Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto will be declared saints, Portuguese Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, former prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, told Catholic News Service.
We learn a great deal from the saints of salvation history. They teach by example: "Be like this!" We learn a great deal from the sins of salvation history, as well. These teach by counter-example: "Don't be like this!"
The readings this week are full of teachings by counter-example.
By Jennifer Brinker | email@example.com | twitter: @jenniferbrinker
Five saints filled the small front office at Holy Rosary School in Warrenton on a recent morning as they waited to see the principal.
"Oh, my heart is so warm," said Lori Racine as she came out of her office to meet St. Catherine of Bologna, St. Cecilia, St. Sebastian, St. Bernadette and St. Hubert. "Remember to talk naturally, like you're telling a story about yourself."
By Dave Luecking | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @legacyCatholic
Saints are a big deal for Catholics in the Rome of the West.
After all, we live in a metropolis named after a saint, the only saint among the kings of France — St. Louis, or King Louis IX.
Two saints have direct ties to the St. Louis area: St. Rose Philippine Duchesne came here in 1818 and founded the first schools in the St. Louis area; and St. Peter Claver was credited with a miracle healing, necessary for sainthood, in 1862 at St. Joseph Shrine Downtown.
In about a week, thousands of children will dress in costumes and assume an alter ego. On Halloween, they will dress up as movie characters, sports celebrities or scary figures. While trick-or-treating is fun, everyone knows this is a once-a-year chance to pretend to be something they will never become.