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Why do Catholics honor the saints?

“Let us learn from the saints who have gone before us,” Pope Francis reminded us in “The Joy of the Gospel.”

A fitting reminder for All Saints’ Day, which is Nov. 1.

As EWTN.com explains of this holy day in the Church, “Nothing can more powerfully incite us to aspire with all our strength to the incomparable happiness and blessed company of the saints than their example.”

All you holy men and women, pray for us!


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Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.