Category Archives: Saints

Another FfF

Reading over this essay, I feel the need to provide a cynicism alert. If you are trying to be positive during Lent, perhaps come back later. I see the USCCB is gearing up for another Fortnight for Freedom. I haven’t … Continue reading

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Devoting Time With Thomas Aquinas

I began tweeting links yesterday to the St Thomas Aquinas Novena I pieced together two years ago. For most of you, the memorial of the Angelic Doctor will be observed a week from  Tuesday. In my parish, the observance is … Continue reading

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Budget Saints

The era of John Paul II saw unprecedented numbers of saints, and presumably, large sums of money exchange hands between people. Making saints will not be a matter of business so much under Pope Francis, it seems. From Cardinal Angelo … Continue reading

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Another Saint Peter

Pope Francis set aside required miracle #2 for Pierre Favre, SJ, and named one of my favorite Jesuits a saint. My favorite quote (blogged last week) from the man: Seek grace for the smallest things, and you will also find … Continue reading

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Merton in Advent, 1948

Thomas Merton’s The Seven Storey Mountain was probably the first or second spiritual book I ever read, way back in my college days. I’m not a Merton fan(atic) like some people I know. You readers who read me carefully know … Continue reading

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Jesuit Missionary, First and Foremost

Today is one of the white feasts of Advent, Francis, that early companion of Ignatius who was off to Asia. (I blogged about that image a few months ago.) When the name of the new pope was announced, I thought … Continue reading

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A Day for Saints

Santo subito 27 April 2014, announced earlier this morning. It happens to be Divine Mercy Sunday. That seems to fit. John Allen: It’s not like Karol Wojtyla, John Paul II, will suddenly become a saint when the canonization ceremony occurs. … Continue reading

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Preaching on a Martyr’s Example

Deacon John Herman preached today’s Masses at the parish. He largely talked about his brother, our parish and diocese’s martyr, Ray Herman. I was reminded that a young man listened to Jesus and took it very, very seriously. He shifted … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: In Good Company

I mentioned yesterday that our parish library found itself with an extra copy of James Martin’s first memoir, In Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. I see there’s a tenth anniversary edition … Continue reading

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Advice from Down Under

Geraldine Doogue at Australia’s Eureka Street offers up some advice for Pope Francis. I’d propose a substantial, largely public, Vatican-led inquiry, into why the Church has been so troubled by sexual abuse across various countries. Was it due to priestly formation, … Continue reading

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On Peace With Gregory the Great

Two days late for the saint’s feast, and two days early for the worldwide day of prayer and fasting, but here is the prayer I pieced together for a group meeting yesterday: Music Da pacem, Domine (Grant peace, Lord.) (Jacques … Continue reading

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At Night

This is my view at night when I go home. First, walking past the altar with the light setting on “night.” Just eight small lamps shine on the platform. One post hits the far wall. The two saint shrines: Thomas … Continue reading

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St Ignatius on Respect

I’ve been reading Joseph Tetlow’s commentary on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola. Part of number 22 reads: Every good Christian is more ready to find a correct meaning in a neighbor’s statement than to reject it as erroneous. If we … Continue reading

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Doctors and Jewels

Mary Carroll’s article in the Spring 2013 issue of Spiritual Life explores a mash-up of two pieces of personal interest. The four doctors of the church who happen to be women. And as the son of a jeweler, gem stones. Did I … Continue reading

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Facing Others in Ministry

I was reading an excellent article in the journal Emmanuel by Father Michael L. Gaudoin-Parker. As I was reading “Preaching: Facing the Other: St Peter-Julian Eymard’s Approach” it struck me how apt the notion of facing people serves the deepest … Continue reading

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