November 2020 - St. Winifred

St. Winifred
Seventh century
Feast: November 3

There is no reliable biography of this Welsh martyr. According to legend, the niece of St. Beuno rejected the unwanted attentions of a chieftain’s son, who cut off her head with a sword and was swallowed up by the earth. St. Beuno miraculously restored her to life, and she either lived out her days as a nun in Wales or traveled to Rome, returning to Britain to attend a synod on hermits. In 1138 her relics were enshrined in the Benedictine abbey at Shrewsbury, England. The site of her reputed beheading, a spring called Holywell, became a famous pilgrimage destination.

Northwest Catholic - November 2020

Allow yourself to be amazed by the Eucharist

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church, who joyfully experiences the constant fulfilment of the promise: ‘Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age’ (Matthew 28:20).”

Jesus is the answer

In Catholic elementary school, I often heard a joke: “If you don’t know the answer on a test, just write ‘Jesus,’ because Jesus is always the answer.” At 22, that joke seems truer and truer. Jesus really is the answer to every question, but not quite in the way my classmates meant.

Memento mori: Confronting death to live well

I’m the kind of mom that makes my family visit cemeteries on vacation. We’ve read poems of famous poets at their graves. We’ve said prayers at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. We’ve taken pictures at Alexander and Eliza Hamilton’s graves and traced our fingers over dates on tombstones in little out-of-the-way towns. And yes, we’ve sat with graves of those we’ve been intimately connected to, as friends or family.

From the Editor - November 2020

“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asks (Matthew 16:15). I’ve heard Christians speculate that when we go before the throne of God, this will be the question on which our eternal destiny hangs.

Obscure saints, fine — but feasts for buildings, really?

Yes, this month we celebrate the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran (November 9). In a real sense, the cathedral church of Rome is a mother who has been teaching us what it means to be church for more than 1,700 years. It is worth…

October 2020 - St. Denis and companions

St. Denis and companions

Died circa 250

Feast: October 9

According to St. Gregory of Tours in the sixth century, Denis, the first bishop of Paris, was martyred with Rusticus, a priest, and Eleutherius, a deacon. The Italian-born Denis and several other bishops were sent by the pope to evangelize Gaul (France). Denis and his companions succeeded in spreading the Gospel from an island in the Seine, but were arrested during a persecution by Roman Emperor Decius. After a long imprisonment, they were beheaded and tossed into the river. Their remains were recovered and buried; a chapel built over their graves was replaced by the Abbey of Saint-Denis, now a basilica in a northern Parisian suburb. Denis is a patron of France, and of those suffering possession and headaches.

Northwest Catholic - October 2020

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