This morning we received very exciting and unexpected news from Rome when the Holy See announced that the Holy Father Pope Francis recognized today the heroic virtue of eight people, one of whom is Father Augustine Tolton. With this recognition the Servant of God is granted the title of Venerable.
Every Christian is called to follow after Christ Jesus and to remain faithful to him throughout life. When the Pope recognizes that one of the faithful lived a life of heroic virtue, he confirms that the person lived the Christian life to an extraordinary degree and is therefore to be venerated, admired, and imitated.
The Holy See seems particularly interested in Venerable Tolton's Cause for beatification and canonization, as is seen in a news article focused on his advancement today.
Please continue to pray for the swift continuation of Father Gus' Cause toward being named a Blessed and, may it please God, a Saint.
Venerable Augustine Tolton, pray for us!