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In Pursuit of Saints Francis and Clare
Christopher Heffron

A first-time pilgrim in Italy visits some of the places most significant to these two holy radicals.

The Ongoing Legacy of Oscar Romero
Peter Feuerherd

Archbishop Oscar Romero may have been murdered three decades ago, but his presence lives on in El Salvador.





Pope Benedict XVI: Five Years and Counting
Five people who have seen the pope in action offer personal reflections. By King Abdullah II, Shimon Peres, Nancy Wiechec, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M.Cap., and Helen Osman

The Prayerfulness of Rain
Rain helps this author slow down and connect with God. By Gerald Schiffhorst

Our Lady of Pilar
A beloved Marian shrine in northeast Spain has been drawing pilgrims for almost 2,000 years. By Lori Erickson

Fiction: All Are Welcome
A tiny baby teaches a huge lesson. By Marjorie Flathers


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Michael Giedroyc: A life of physical pain and mental torment didn’t prevent Michael Giedroyc from achieving holiness. 
<p>Born near Vilnius, Lithuania, Michael suffered from physical and permanent handicaps from birth. He was a dwarf who had the use of only one foot. Because of his delicate physical condition, his formal education was frequently interrupted. But over time, Michael showed special skills at metalwork. Working with bronze and silver, he created sacred vessels, including chalices.</p><p>He traveled to Kraków, Poland, where he joined the Augustinians. He received permission to live the life of a hermit in a cell adjoining the monastery. There Michael spent his days in prayer, fasted and abstained from all meat and lived to an old age. Though he knew the meaning of suffering throughout his years, his rich spiritual life brought him consolation. Michael’s long life ended in 1485 in Kraków.</p><p>Five hundred years later, Pope John Paul II visited the city and spoke to the faculty of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. The 15th century in Kraków, the pope said, was “the century of saints.” Among those he cited was Blessed Michael Giedroyc.</p> American Catholic Blog The French novelist Leon Bloy once said that there is only one tragedy in life: not to be a saint. It may be that God permits some suffering as the only way to wake someone from a dream of self-sufficiency and illusory happiness.

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