Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

Relics of St. Francis Xavier to go on tour in….

As I write… US HERE – UK HERE – It seemed appropriate.
In Rome, one visits the Gesù, the great church of the Jesuits (of yore) in the heart of the Centro.  There one venerates the relics of mighty saints, Ignatius and the missionary Francis Xavier.
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7 Ambrose: St. Edith Stein’s dialogue between Ambrose and Augustine

Today is the feast of St. Ambrose, who seemed to bring out both the worst and the best in people.
For example, St. Jerome couldn’t stand him. HERE
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ASK FATHER: Should we pray for “Servants of God”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
We pray with our Necrologium every night during Compline and we have many “Servants of God” along with “Venerables” and “Blesseds” among the dead of our Congregation.
I was wondering, do we pray for their souls?
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Smoking and Saints

Pope Francis decided to ban, as of 2018, the sale of cigarettes in Vatican City (cheaper for employees which leads, of course, to a black market).  Cigarettes are bad for people and, probably, the environment.   Hence, they must be banned.
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WDTPRS – All Saints: “Lift up your countenance to heaven, then.”

The Collect for today’s Mass for All Saints is the same in both forms of the Roman Rite.  It it found already in the 8th century Liber sacramentorum Engolismensis. It was also, with variations in the Gelasian Sacramentary, among the prayers … Continue reading

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New PRINTS from Daniel Mitsui: Of Awe, Whimsy, and Serious Head Bashing

The distinguished Catholic artist Daniel Mitsui sent me three prints of saints whose feast days are not very far off.  As usual, in his inimitable style, his images present both awe and whimsy.
BUT FIRST… a touching story…
After Mass last Sunday a … Continue reading

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Little Saint Placid Day

Today in the traditional Roman calendar it is the feast of the 3rd c. Sicilian martyrs St. Placid and companions, slain during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian.
Today in the revised calendar is the feast of Sts. Placid and Maurus, … Continue reading

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What Did St. Francis Really Say?

First, think of this the next time you are called upon to sing that ditty that starts with: “Make me a channel of your peace”.
From the fine Francis of Assisi: A New Biography by frequent commentator here Fr Augustine Thompson.  US HERE … Continue reading

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27 September – Sts Cosmas and Damian – a visit to their tomb in Venice

Today is the Feast of Sts. Cosmas and Damian… in the traditional calendar of the Roman Church.  I have a special affection for these saints as they are both my confirmation names.  We get to say their names in the … Continue reading

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St. Jerome named Patron Saint of the “Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center” @DLIFLC

This is for your Just Too Cool file.
I’ve been informed that the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center has made St. Jerome their patron.  HERE
During a humble ceremony at the Presidio of Monterey Chapel Sept. 11, St. Jerome, who lived … Continue reading

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Speaking Truth To Power

We celebrate liturgically the births of Our Lord (25 December), His Blessed Mother (8 September) and the prophet who was more than a prophet, the greatest man ever born of a woman (Matthew 11:9-11; Luke 7:28), St John the Baptist … Continue reading

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Daily Sayings of St. Philip Neri available…. daily!

I can’t post everything people send me.  However, I really like St. Philip Neri.
From a reader…
A few months ago, I began publishing the Daily Sayings of St. Philip Neri through an email list (and also via Facebook and Twitter). Would you … Continue reading

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1 August – Holy Maccabees! “like an unfurling of their souls in a battle line”

I am sure you already know that today, in the new, Ordinary Form, calendar, is the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’Liguori, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church so famous for his contributions to moral theology.
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31 July – St. Ignatius of Loyola: Jesuits and heretics… and tautology

May I say from the onset that I have some spiffy Pope Clement XIV gear? HERE
Here is the Martyrologium Romanum entry for great saint, the founder of the Society of Jesus. (To the right is my first class relic of … Continue reading

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22 July: Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

Today is the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene.  I hope you have some madeleines today, even though they don’t have much to do with her.
Last year, in the Ordinary Form calendar of the Roman Rite, St Mary Magdalene’s annual liturgical … Continue reading

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