Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

This week's very practical saints

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Dec 07, 2012

Early Advent is a great time for taking practical steps to put your spiritual life in order, and appropriately enough, this week we celebrate the feasts of two saints who showed a marvelous grasp of practicalities.

St. Nicholas is a popular favorite as the real man behind the Santa Claus story. He’s also a particular favorite of mine (our eldest son bears his name) because at Nicea, confronting Arius, he demonstrated how a muscular Christian handles the problem of heresy.

Then today St. Ambrose, the patron saint of beekeepers. The story is that his father found a swarm of bees buzzing around baby Ambrose's mouth. The child was reportedly undisturbed. That, too, was very practical behavior. Honey bees are never so docile as when they are swarming.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($26,663 to go):
$35,000.00 $8,336.70
76% 24%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Mysteries, again and again! 14 hours ago
Tips for getting comfortable with evangelization 17 hours ago
The Shroud of Turin on Display (and an odd canonical case against it) April 16
The Vatican says the LCWR is acting Catholic. And that's news. April 16
The Truth about the Armenian Genocide April 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16