Category Archives: Saints

The Feast Of Stephen

Somewhere in my deep memory, there was a preacher who spoke with approval of the dropping of the observance of Christendom’s first martyr the day after the festivity of the Nativity. Let’s not get caught up too much in celebrations, … Continue reading

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A priest friend on social media shared this meme. (Gosh, I hate that word!) So many memes are of questionable veracity. I poked around on the internet and didn’t find anything to discredit it; in fact many quote sites put … Continue reading

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When Death Comes

From LTP’s Sourcebook on Death, from Selma, Alabama, 1965: (I)f a man happens to be 36-years-old, as I happen to be, some great truth stands before the door of his life–some great opportunity to stand up for that which is … Continue reading

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Saint Martin And Veterans

I certainly knew that the feast of Martin of Tours lands on 11 November. I didn’t know that was intentional on the part of those who planned for the first armistice at the end of the Great War. Here in … Continue reading

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Saint Charles

I have absolutely no quibble with this saint, only with the headline: Charles de Foucauld to become a saint on 15 May To be accurate, the man has already been a saint. Only now have we come to recognize it. He … Continue reading

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Cigar Box Ray, Martyr, Pray For Us

Nearly missed a feast day today. My friend John Donaghy wrote a good summary here eight years ago.  All holy women and men martyred for their witness to Christ and to a faith of simplicity, advocacy, and generosity, pray for … Continue reading

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Of Luke The Evangelist

Today’s observance in the Roman liturgical calendar is the man thought to have authored the third Gospel and the account of the first century Church known as the Acts of the Apostles. The image, left, is from the Grandes Heures … Continue reading

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It Is Now Only Dawn

From St John XXIII’s opening address to the Second Vatican Council, 59 years ago today: The Council now beginning rises in the Church like daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light. It is now only dawn. And already at this … Continue reading

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Fruits of Founders

I noticed on cruxonline, a note about “Scandal-ridden Legionaries of Christ named in Pandora Papers.” A social media friend suggested fire, demolition, and salt for the order founded by an acknowledged criminal and grave sinner. As the linked article confirms, … Continue reading

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Calling Doctor Irenaeus

The newest Doctor of the Church will be soon announced, and the first one I believe, to significantly predate the classic 8. By at least a century. You can learn about him here. One of his most famous quotes (it … Continue reading

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St Michael’s Mass

If a Catholic went to daily Mass today, they probably heard one reading plus the Gospel. In the Lectionary, number 647, one will find an “or” between Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 and Revelation 12:7-12ab. If your parish observes a name feast of … Continue reading

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Mary and Mercy

Liam sent me this image he captured at Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston. From his message to me: ​These are enameled (painted) glass windows are from the Thomas & John Morgan Studio of New York, which often worked with Patrick … Continue reading

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JP the First on the Beatification Trail

I was in college when we had the year of three popes. Who knows what the Church would have been like with a few years of John Paul in the see of Peter. Beatification up next on his and our … Continue reading

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Augustine On A Higher Glory

It is a higher glory still to stay war itself with a word, than to slay men with the sword, and to procure or maintain peace by peace, not by war. I thought Pope Francis’ citation of today’s saint deserved … Continue reading

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God’s Wheat

In an era of martyrdom, Ignatius of Antioch saw his coming sacrifice of life for witness of the Gospel: Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God. I am God’s wheat and shall … Continue reading

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