Blessed John of La Verna: Kissed by Jesus

Blessed John of La Verna: Kissed by Jesus

Blessed John of La Verna is a medieval Italian friar known for his visions of kissing and being kissed by Jesus. His feast day is Aug. 9. John also had an intense relationship with fellow friar and poet Jacopone da Todi. Traditional writers have done “gender...
Saint Valentine: Marriage equality role model

Saint Valentine: Marriage equality role model

Marriage equality has a surprising role model in Saint Valentine, a 3rd-century Roman priest who defied the restrictive marriage laws of his era to bless couples who were forbidden to marry. His feast day is, of course,  Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14). Saint Valentine was...
Saint Sebastian: History’s first gay icon?

Saint Sebastian: History’s first gay icon?

Saint Sebastian has been called history’s first gay icon and the patron saint of homosexuality. His feast day is Jan. 20. It is an intriguing coincidence that Jan. 20 is also Inauguration Day for U.S. presidents.  May Saint Sebastian, who was martyred by an oppressive...