Rosa of Lima was the first saint recognized by the Catholic Church from the Americas. She became known in Peru, her homeland, because of her deep spiritual life and her acts of love to the poor.

On this day, August 15, the Catholic Church celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven, after she fell asleep at the end of her life. The belief that Mary was assumed bodily into heaven is an ancient belief among Christian faithful who had  always stressed the fact that Mary was born, lived and fell asleep without sin and thus did not suffer corruption. However, this belief was only defined as a fundamental essential of the faith in 1950. Here we publish a short homily of Father David Neuhaus in honor of the feast.

Daniel from the Jaffa community sent us an article about Saint Maximilian Kolbe, whose feast is celebrated on August 14.

Clare (1194-1253) (Chiara Offreduccio) was an Italian noblewoman who became the foundress of an order of nuns now called "Poor Clares".

On August 9, the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of Edith Stein, the German Jewish philosopher and Catholic mystic who became a Carmelite, taking the name Teresa Benedikta of the Cross. She perished at Auschwitz together with her sister.

Saint Dominic is the founder of one of the most important orders of monks in the Catholic Church. His feast is celebrated on August 8.

Lucia from the Jerusalem community writes about the feast. This feast was established in order to remember an event which is described in the three Synoptic Gospels as well as in the Second Letter of Peter. As his passion and death approached, Jesus allowed three of his chosen disciples to see his glory.

Saint Jean-Marie Vianney is known as "the parish priest of Ars" and serves as a model for parish priests. In humility, he worked for many years cultivating the faith of those faithful whom he directed with commitment and love.

In the days of King Antiochus Epiphanes IV (175 – 163 BC), severe edicts were issued against the Jews in the attempt of the king to wipe out the belief in the God of Israel and life according to the Torah of Moses. II Maccabees, a book that is not in the Jewish TaNaKh but is preserved within the Christian Bible, describes the suffering of the people of Israel at that time.

On June 29, the Church celebrates the memory of the two great apostles of the Church at the beginning, Peter and Paul, who did much to found communities of believers in the Risen Jesus. June 29, according to tradition, is the date of their martyrdom in Rome.

Ireneaus of Lyons was one of the great Fathers of the Church in the second century. He was a bishop and greatly influenced the development of Christian theology.

On June 24, six months before Christmas, the Church celebrates the nativity of John the Baptist, who played an important role in the life of Jesus Christ.

Daniel sent us an article he wrote on Saint Anthony of Padua, monk and doctor of the Church, who was born in 1195 and died in 1231. He is also the patron saint of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

The feast is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost, always on a Friday. Despite an ancient tradition of honoring the heart of Jesus, it was only in the seventeenth century that a nun, Marie-Margaret Alacoque, by emphasizing the importance of the heart of Jesus, succeeded in popular propagation of the veneration.

Saint Barnabas is the patron saint of Cyprus, a Jewish disciple from that island who was a model of Christian life at the very beginning of the Church.

Saint Ephrem was one of the Fathers of the Church who wrote in Syriac (the Christian form of Aramaic) and produced hymns, poetry as well as fascinating Biblical exegesis.

The feast has been celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday since the 13th century. In many communities throughout the world the feast is transferred to Sunday to allow the faithful to participate.

Justin Martyr is an important Father of the Church and is from the Holy Land. His treatise "Dialogue with Trypho" is an important testimony to Jewish-Christian dialogue in the second century.

This feast, which commemorates the joyous visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, comes at the end of the month of Mary.

The feast of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) falls on the Sunday after Pentecost. The feast focuses on the unity of God after the main feasts of the Christian calendar.