Why Do People Convert?

A young Jew of Tripoli fell in love with the daughter of a Protestant minister and asked his permission to marry her. The minister replied that he’d never give the hand of his daughter to an unbelieving Jew. The father finally told his daughter he would give his consent if she could convert the young…

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Bl. Miguel Augustin Pro

In the 1920s in Mexico he was an outlaw—hunted, seized, and put to death without trial. In the Catholic Church today he’s been beatified and will one day become a saint. Such is the turn of events in the life story of Father Miguel Augustin Pro, S.J., who was martyred for the faith during the…

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The Golden Key

A little boy in a dream one night saw a lovely fairy coming toward him and spreading out before him toys and precious things. The fairy said, “Do these things make you happy? They’re all yours if you’ll be my friend.” Just then a noble prince appeared on the scene, and spreading a glittering robe…

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Nicky the Every Day Martyr

One cold day in December, 1869, a squad of Russian soldiers came riding through Poland, where almost the entire population is Catholic. In the woods near a village they met a twelve year old boy gathering wood for his sick father. His mother had died long ago. His name was Nicholas, Nicky to his friends.…

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Bobcat

While working in prison apostolate many years ago, it was my privilege to help many of those men enter the Catholic Church. I recall one particular man with the prison handle Bobcat. I don’t know why he had that name, and unfortunately I can’t recall his real name. Bobcat was a hopeless drunk prior to…

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