Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

22 July: Happy FEAST of St. Mary Magdalene

Today in the Ordinary Form calendar is the (recently elevated) Feast of St Mary Magdalene.  I wrote the following for my column in the print version UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald – which is availble in its entirety in digital form. … Continue reading

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23 June – Vigil of St. John – bonfires and witch burnings, solstices and snails

It is nice to have as your Patron the great Baptist, for I get two feasts a year, his Nativity and his Beheading. For the Vigil of St. John (today, as I write) in the old Roman Ritual the priest … Continue reading

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115 Spanish martyrs beatified – It happened before, in living memory, it can happen again.

I was recently in Spain.  We visited a lot of churches – as one does.  Time after time, we would encounter a church that was seemingly uncharacteristically bare, or where there were great gaps in decorations, only to find that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I say “Amen” if the priest is making up prayers?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When I attend Mass in the Ordinary Form, the priest sometimes illicitly modifies the texts or even makes up his own prayers. Is it sinful for me to silently pray along with the priest or to answer “amen”? Does … Continue reading

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10 May: St. Job

Many of the figures in the Old Testament are commemorated by Holy Church as saints. Here is the entry in the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum: 1. Commemoratio sancti Iob, admirandae patientiae viri in terra Hus. We could talk about Job all … Continue reading

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Of Prophets, Priest Holes, Persecution and You

Many people don’t realize that Holy Church considers some Old Testament figures to be saints with their own feast days. We don’t celebrate them at the altar, but they have their day. Actually, if there were no other saint in … Continue reading

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“O God, who deigned to choose blessed Pius to be Pontifex Maximus in order to smash the enemies of your Church to bits”

Today is the ninth day before Pentecost.  Hence, today is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord.  Notice that today is THURSDAY. However, in the traditional Roman calendar, used with the 1962 Missale Romanum, today is the feast of … Continue reading

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4 May: St. Monica, widow

In the older, traditional Roman calendar today is the feast of the mother of St. Augustine, St. Monnica, widow.  She died in Ostia (Rome’s port) in 387, when she and her family were heading back to North Africa after Augustine’s … Continue reading

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“Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him” – St. Catherine of Siena

Today is the – in the post-Conciliar, modern, non-traditional – Ordinary Form – Novus Ordo Calendar – Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Patroness of Europe and named by Paul VI as Doctor of the Church. Thus, her life and … Continue reading

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28 April – St. Gianna Molla’s 2nd miracle: Prepared to be amazed! With Fr. Z’s 10 Points.

Today is the Dies Natalis of St. Gianna Beretta Molla (+28 April 1962 at 39 years of age).  That is to say that St. Gianna died and was born into heaven today (thus, “birthday… dies natalis”). I have posted this before, … Continue reading

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St. Richard of Chichester. Another Richard remembered… with a limerick.

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’), … Continue reading

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UPDATED! – Fr Thomas Uzhunnalil, kidnapped in Yemen, crucified by ISIS on Good Friday

UPDATE 28 March 2128 GMT: Bishop Hinder on Kidnapped Priest: ‘Strong Indications That Father Tom Is Still Alive’ UPDATE 28 March 2002h GMT: According to Kathnet, there may still be hope. Bischof: Verschleppter Priester im Jemen vermutlich am Leben While … Continue reading

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24 March: Bl. Oscar Romero, martyr

There is a piece at Vatican Radio that this Holy Thursday, 24 March, will be the “feast day” of Bl. Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran Archbishop who was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980. It seems to be the Church’s day … Continue reading

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19 March: A beautiful hymn to St. Joseph, a Roman procession, and more

It’s the Feast of the wonderful St. Joseph!  In his Litany we invoke him under beautiful titles, including Pillar of families, Solace of the wretched, Hope of the sick, Patron of the dying and, my favorite, Terror of demons. Happy … Continue reading

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PRAYERCAzT: The Lorica of St. Patrick

The Latin word loríca (note the accent… lo-REE-ka) means “a leather cuirass; a defense of any kind; a breastwork, parapet”.  In effect, it means “armor”.  It has come to be associated with a prayer attributed to St. Patrick (+ 5th c.) … Continue reading

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