Category Archives: Saints

Bernard of Clairvaux

The name saint of my graduate school has a feast today. I suspect Trappists around the world today have a little festivity added to their austerity. In his lifetime, Bernard was something of a wunderkind. Abbot at 25. More effective … Continue reading

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The Second Jesuit

Today (or yesterday if you are reading this in the Eastern US or hemisphere) is the feast of Pierre Favre. This prayer on the Ignatian Spirituality website, good for more than just the second day of August: I beg of … Continue reading

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Ignatius of Loyola and His Stars

Received an email from the Vatican Observatory Foundation observing today’s feast. It included this quote from his autobiography: The greatest consolation that he received at this time was from gazing at the sky and stars, and this he often did and for … Continue reading

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Mary Magdalene, Apostle

One easy, logical, and appropriate step for liturgy. If it had come from Pope Benedict XVI it wouldn’t have surprised me. CDWDS secretary Arthur Roche: Therefore it is right that the liturgical celebration of this woman has the same grade … Continue reading

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Of Daniel Berrigan

I never met the man, but we did live in the same state for a number of years. I guess I was just too young. I put this short piece from And the Risen Bread on my facebook feed, but … Continue reading

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The Mercy of Peter

I’ve always found John 21:15 and Jesus’ question a bit off: Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these? In this weekend’s reading, it occurred to me that Jesus might not have been asking what I thought … Continue reading

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Feast Day!

One of the conversations from my period of instruction* before I became a Catholic went somewhat as follows. Fr McCarthy informed me that my name was not that of a saint and that I needed a patron saint for my … Continue reading

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