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St. Francis Old World Statue

…24” Saint Francis statue a traditional look and feel and is reminiscent of church statuary found across Europe. A stunning design and size that will add presence to your home. Resin design rendered in a warm, muted color palette.        Saint Francis statue Old World finish…

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St. Francis Plaque 9''

This attractive St. Francis plaque has a classic pewter-look finish giving it an appearance of old-world art. Gold highlights are thoughtfully placed on key elements in the art. For wall, shelf, or tabletop display.  St. Francis plaque Pewter-look  Old World design Religious art for your…


Thy Will Be Done! (Letters of St. Francis de Sales)

Three centuries ago, people flocked to St. Francis de Sales, seeking his help for their problems. St. Francis spent countless hours ministering to them face-to-face and wrote over 20,000 letters! From these letters to persons in many countries and in all walks of life, we've selected the ones…


Roses Among Thorns & The Sign of the Cross (2 Book Set)

…into a fitting place for Christ to dwell and reign eternally. If you find it difficult to live amid the clamor of the world with your eyes fixed on Christ alone, let St. Francis de Sales teach you how to live as a true rose among thorns as you learn . . . What to do when you stop finding consolation…


11pc 5" Old World Style Nativity Set w/Stable

This 11 piece Old World inspired Nativity Set with Stable is a traditional and beautiful way to share the gift of the Christ Child.  As once re-created by St. Francis of Assisi, the manger scene recalls the magnificence of God's creation and the gift of His Son born unto us...  This…


Get to Know Our New Holy Father: Pope Francis

Francis of Assisi. St. Francis of Assisi was commissioned by Christ to "Repair My Church" while he was praying in front of the San Damiano Crucifix.  St. Francis (1182-1226) went on to found the Order of Friars Minor (the Franciscans), the great mendicant friars and evangelists who shunned the world

3 Secrets to a Successful Marriage by Pope Francis

…like hiking boots!” Quoting St. Francis, the Pope said, “‘Know that courtesy is one of the properties of God … and courtesy is the sister of charity, which extinguishes hate and protects love.’ Yes, courtesy protects love. And today in our families, in our world, which is often violent and arrogant,…

Q&A with Scott Hahn on his New Book: Joy to the World

…our beloved Pope Francis, who speaks to us of the “Joy of the Gospel.'" Joy is a quality that belongs to Christmas. We sing it in our Christmas carols because in Christmas we celebrate the reason for Paul’s rejoicing: the advent of the Messiah, the salvation of the whole world. We have good reasons…

The Story of St. Francis of Assisi and the First Nativity Scene, as told by St. Bonaventure

…deepened his devotion to the Child Jesus, who was born into the world in such poverty, humility, and simplicity. In fact, Francis founded his new religious Order to imitate these very virtues. THE FIRST NATIVITY SCENE St. Francis recreated the scene of Christ's birth in a special ritual and Mass…

Highlights from Pope Francis' First Day in the USA (Washington, D.C.)

…noted that Pope Francis has a special connection to St. Matthew. It was on this saint's feast day that he received "the call" to the priesthood. Pope Francis also took the motto for his pontificate from Jesus' call to St. Matthew. As reported in The Catholic World Report: Francis’ papal motto,…

A Pilgrim's Reflections on the Pope's Visit to Philadelphia

…Anne Pulsifer, a catechist from St. Joseph Church in Spring City, Pennsylvania, who wanted to share her reflections on her experience with the estimated 900,000 pilgrims for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia. We hope you enjoy! I began my journey to see Pope Francis not sure what to expect. I was…

Coming in September 2016: Saint Mother Teresa

…much of his activity to providing medical care to the poor. He was also involved in public service, even serving in the German parliament. He founded the St. Francis Xavier Mission Society in Germany and the “Giuseppino” Institute for those suffering from incurable illnesses. He died in 1882.

The Year of Mercy, Pope Francis, and Our Lady Untier of Knots

…Pope Francis, this favorite devotion of his is growing in popularity around the world. Pope Francis often meets with his guests at the Vatican under this painting of Our Lady Undoer of Knots. He wants to keep her close! [caption id="attachment_20702" align="aligncenter" width="680"] Pope Francis

Everything You Need to Know about the Holy Year of Mercy

Francis took this phrase from the Venerable Bede’s sermon on Matthew chapter 9, as it was on the Feast of St. Matthew that he first felt the call to the priesthood as a teenager. Mercy was also a major theme in the pontificate of John Paul II, who Pope Francis recently canonized. It was Pope St.

St. Clare of Assisi: From Noblewoman to Lady of Poverty

…to tell her how she might live the Gospel as he had preached it. Saint Francis saw in her the divine plan of the Holy Redeemer and assured her that he would help her to follow Christ. On March 20, 1212, just eighteen years old, Clare clothed herself in all the splendor of her rank, and quietly ran…

Three of the Most Misunderstood Saints of All Time

…Father—and Saint Francis. I understand it is common among Franciscan religious to refer to the sentimental portrayals of Saint Francis as "the bird-bath St. Francis." They realize that there is so much more to Saint Francis than a strictly earthly concern for environmentals. Francis knew that we…

Advent & Christmas Traditions: The Nativity Scene

…their understanding how Christ came into the world in such poverty and simplicity. This was a typical perspective of St. Francis' unique charism of simple, poverty-centered spirituality. St. Bonaventure, a Franciscan who was contemporary with St. Francis, has left us a complete account of the night…

4 Popular Advent Activities for Kids

…Jesus as "The Light of the World."  There are many styles of Advent wreaths available, from traditional evergreen wreaths to children's Advent wreaths. 4. NATIVITY SCENE The first nativity manger scene was created by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century.  St. Francis had a special devotion to…

Advent & Christmas Traditions: The Advent Wreath

…series, as well as the Advent and Christmas Wisdom series that includes prayers and reflections from some of the saints such as St. Francis of Assisi, Pope St. John Paul II, St. Therese of Lisieux, and others. Any of these Advent prayer books would be a beautiful accompaniment to your Advent wreath…

"Now What?" 18 Inspiring Quotes for Recent College Grads

…16. "Jesus, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be—and becoming that person." — St. Thérèse of Lisieux 17. "It is better to be young in your failures than old in your successes." — Flannery O'Connor 18. “Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out…

9 Practical Tips to Help You Stay Focused at Mass

…you are distracted, always bring your mind back to where you are, even if you have to do this 100 times from start to finish. As instructed by St. Francis de Sales: "If the heart wanders or is distracted, bring it back to the point quite gently and replace it tenderly in its Master's presence. And…

Three Popular Novena Prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux

The ever-popular and loved St. Therese of Lisieux, affectionately known as "The Little Flower," has her feast day on October 1st (on the old liturgical calendar, it is October 3rd). Catholics the world over who are devoted to this great saint and her "Little Way" begin a novena ahead of her feast…

What Catholics Need To Know About the Dignity of Work

…readiness to take on their own responsibility for the economic and social development of the community sadly frustrated.” Pope Francis himself said, in 2013, that “The world crisis is not treating young people well...We are running the risk of having a generation that does not work. From work comes…

Tips for A Holier New Year: Day 2 - Talk To God Every Day

…what our priorities truly are, and how we can do better. Prayer must be a part of any plan for spiritual growth, but where do we begin? Saint Francis de Sales counsels us to begin at the beginning.  "Making God a part of that first consciousness of the new day starts things out on the right…

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