Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

WDTPRS – 33rd Ordinary Sunday: thoughts on the “sign of peace”

This week’s Collect is rich.  The ancient author was skilled.  The translators of the current ICEL version blew it.  We will see where they went wrong and then drill into a pair of words leading us back to the 3rd … Continue reading

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“They lived not only in ages past…”

A priest friend sent this, which I now share while it is still (for me) All Saints.
By the Choir of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.


I sing a song of the saints of God,
Patient and brave and true,
Who toiled and fought and … Continue reading

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22 October: Sts. Nunilo and Alodia! Virgins and Martyrs

The members of the Religion of Peace like to try to kill innocent people on anniversaries, it seems. Today, the Canadian Parliament was attacked. HERE I suspect they weren’t Quebec separatists.
Today is the Feast of St. John Paul II. BUT!…
Today, … Continue reading

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11 Oct: St. John XXIII

Today is the feast of the Pope who issued the Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia.
Today is the feast of the Pope who didn’t like it when people clapped in church.
Today is the feast of the Pope who issued the Roman Missal of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Convert confused about “private revelations”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, I am a fairly new convert to the Church and while I have studied theology, which led me here, I sure do get confused at times.
It seems Catholics, hesitate at studying the scriptures but jump on any … Continue reading

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St. Pio and the Smell Test

Today is the feast of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.  ”Padre Pio”.  A prayer HERE
What do you suppose Padre Pio would have thought about the notion that the divorced and civilly remarried should be readmitted to Holy Communion without a discernible … Continue reading

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The blood of San Gennaro liquefied!

Neapolitans hold their breath on the Feast of the great patron San Gennaro, St. Januarius.  There is a relic of dry blood which, as the Cardinal Archbishop moves the reliquary, liqufies and visibly flows again.  When it doesn’t… bad things … Continue reading

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Up and away! St. Joseph of Cupertino

I had to smile today at the Collect for the Feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino in the 1962MR.
Deus, qui ad unigenitum Filium tuum exaltatum a terra omnia trahere disposuisti: perfice propitius; ut meritis et exemplo seraphici Confessoris tui Iosephi … Continue reading

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St. Robert Bellarmine

Today I greet readers and friends who are blessed with the name “Robert”.  Happy Novus Ordo Name Day.  You get two Name Days, since the traditional day is 13 May.
In particular I congratulate His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, … Continue reading

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Dispute over the remains of Ven. Fulton Sheen

The cause for beatification of Ven. Archbp. Fulton Sheen has been put on hold.  Apparently, two dioceses have to settle their differences over the final disposition of the Venerable’s body.
The person or entity making the request that a cause be … Continue reading

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