“It is a persistent evil to persecute a man who belongs to the grace of God,” said the martyr St. Cyprian of Carthage. “It is a calamity without remedy to hate the happy.”
Lourdes and Fatima are famous — but have you ever heard of Our Lady of Pontmain or Our Lady of Banneux?
The impact of St. John Neumann’s priestly ministry is still felt throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio.
“Those who wear the Scapular are brought into the land of Carmel,” said Pope St. John Paul II, “so that they may ‘eat its fruits and its good things.’”
“Yield yourself fully to God, and you will find out what form your martyrdom will take!”
Recipients of this mystical gift include St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Rita of Cascia, and perhaps even St. Paul the Apostle.