Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

4 April – St. Isidore of Seville, the Internet and YOU

I often forget to pray before using the internet. I sometimes fail in charity when using it. This tool of social communication and research and entertainment has amazing upsides, but it also has spiritually deadly perils. We all should be very … Continue reading

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A limerick for St. Richard of Chichester

The feast of St. Richard of Chichester cannot go by without my remembering a limerick my old pastor Msgr. Richard Schuler would occasionally quote:
There was an old Bishop of Chichester,
Who said thrice (the Latin for which is ‘ter’),
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25 March – Feast of the Thief who “stole heaven”: St. Dismas

Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation… and we would be celebrating it if it were not for the vagaries of the Moon.  Palm Sunday and Holy Week have pushed our observance to another … Continue reading

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9 March – St. Frances of Rome

I have great affection for St. Frances of Rome, Santa Francesca Romana.  When I was exiled from these USA to Rome, I lived at first in her house, the Palazzo of the Ponziani family into which she married, where you … Continue reading

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20 Feb – Feast of Sts Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima

Last year, His Holiness of Our Lord canonized young Jacinta and Francisco, the seers of Fatima. They are, I believe, the youngest canonized non-martyr saints on the calendar.
“On the calendar…”.  They aren’t on the traditional Roman calendar.  I’ve written about … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL! Wherein Fr. Z is AMAZED at … coincidences? I think not.

Okay… someone tell me what’s going on here!  (Trick question.  I think I know.)
As you recall, I have a great portable altar from St. Joseph’s Apprentice, and Pelican case to ship it in.  HERE
I also now have great reversible travel … Continue reading

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Your parish priest and YOU.

I just received an email from a priest who informed me that today is the 200th anniversary of the day that St. John Vianney, arrived at his parish in Ars and began his work as a pastor with the care … Continue reading

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8 Feb: St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita is a truly amazing saint.  Check out a biography of her here.
Here is a quote from St. Josephine about her life as a slave:
“One day I unwittingly made a mistake that incensed the master’s son. He became … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Newly canonized saints and the Traditional Roman Rite. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In the 1962 Rubrics, Votive Mass of any Saint with an entry in the Roman Martyrology. Does this include the current Martyrology?
Yes, no?
No and yes.
No, in the sense that Summorum Pontificum authorized the use of the books in force in … Continue reading

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POLL: St. Blaise Day Blessing of Throats – 2018

Today we traditionally have the blessing of throats in honor of St. Blaise. Since yesterday was Candlemas it is logical to associate the blessing with candles.
Did you receive a St. Blaise Day blessing of the throat?
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