Category Archives: Saints

Invoking Joseph

My wife alerted me to this news about my baptismal patron: The (CDWDS) presented the new invocations to Pope Francis, who approved their integration into the Litany of Saint Joseph. The new invocations, originally in Latin, are as follows: Custos … Continue reading

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Splendid Cross

From St Theodore of Studios: How splendid the cross of Christ! It brings life, not death; light, not darkness; paradise, not its loss. It is the wood on which the Lord, like a great warrior, was wounded in hands and … Continue reading

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A Daily, Discreet And Hidden Presence

My pastor preached a bit on Pope Francis’ apostolic letter Patris Corde at Mass this morning. I went to the document a bit later today and found this morsel suggesting how apt it is for us to turn to Joseph in … Continue reading

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The Joseph Dispensation

So, some dioceses have recognized the importance of a liturgical solemnity, the level of celebration that bumps an ordinary Sunday off the ordo. During Lent all it might do is open the food gates. How does a Christian honor Saint … Continue reading

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Another Holy Family

I did notice that Pope Francis authorized the addition of Mary and Lazarus to the July 29th observance of their sister, Martha. One of my social media friends lamented a bit that the original inhabitant of that day now shares … Continue reading

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A Verse Of Paul

In observance of today’s feast, a social media friend polled his contacts today for a favorite verse from Saint Paul. Like many of his friends, I struggled to think of a single favorite. Two snarky thoughts popped into my head. … Continue reading

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Proclamation, 850th

I found the federal proclamation to be a most interesting piece of theatre. Not that I find the honoring of a Catholic and Anglican saint to be objectionable. Far from it. Eight-point-five centuries ago a not particularly religious ruler was … Continue reading

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Juan Diego, Modern

Today has been the feast of San Juan Diego. One of my new staff colleagues alerted me to the artist Gracie and her work which depicts traditional saints in various modern styles, tattoos, electric guitars, and especially fashions of clothes, … Continue reading

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Another Special Year

Before I arrived at my new parish, I was informed my new archdiocese had announced a Year of Saint Joseph. A social media friend told me a few dioceses have done this. Now Pope Francis has gotten in on the … Continue reading

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Ambrose’s Advice

Another Advent saint gives some advice that some might consider timely during the pandemic era: When we find ourselves in some grave danger we must not lose courage but firmly trust in God, for where there is the greatest danger, … Continue reading

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Another Day Of Martyrs

These stars align every year, but only in 2020 have I noticed how martyrs lead the first days of Advent. I perceive a bit more why the early Church was right to place these special saints at the lead of … Continue reading

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Saint Charles Day

I don’t know much about this desert father, but what I do know, I like. Pope Francis likes him, I think. A social media friend alerted me to his day of martyrdom today. In Christianity there are many prayers of … Continue reading

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Saint Andrew

One of my name saints had a feast today. Andrew gets overlooked sometimes. Fourteen percent of the time the First Sunday of Advent takes precedence. I chose Andrew as my confirmation saint in 1972. He was the patron of my … Continue reading

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There Are Days

Have I mentioned that lately, I’m finding a certain affinity with Saint Augustine? I was looking into Confessions earlier this year. I confess I’ve been finding reading in general tedious, so I will be going back when my spirit for … Continue reading

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A Night Prayer

A favorite prayer of the 19th century saint: May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work … Continue reading

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