Author - Joel Schorn

Joel Schorn is an editor and writer in Chicago. His most recent book, on saints, is Holy Simplicity: The Little Way of Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, and Thérèse of Lisieux (Servant Books).

Humble piety

The road to sainthood is difficult, but newly canonized Jeanne Jugan knew that patience would bring otherworldly success. In the last few years I have been a...

Lives of the saints

Alphonsus Rodriguez must have thought he had it made. Yes, there had been a few bumps in the road. His education had been cut short when his father died and...

What are annulments for?

“Why do I have to go through this?” The question sums up many other questions people have about annulments, the way the Catholic Church says a marriage is...

Was Jesus a know-it-all?

“But about that day and hour no one knows,” Jesus said in talking about his return at the end of time, “neither the angels of heaven, nor the...

Who were the prophets?

“The art of prophecy is very difficult,” Mark Twain once said, “especially with respect to the future.” Surprisingly, Twain’s words pretty much describe...