Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

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 … 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 … 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 … 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, … 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). … 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. However, in the … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Brief explanation of “heroic virtue” v. “ordinary virtue” in light of the new path to beatification.

Pope Francis, yesterday, issued a document by which he established a third iter or path for a process of beatification. Hitherto, in processes for beatification, unless one is determined to have been a martyr, it has been necessary for a “Servant … Continue reading

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Pope establishes a new “path” to beatification with new criteria: Offering of Life

UPDATE 12 July 2017: I will not allow this post to be an occasion to bash Pope Francis or to call into question in the combox the processes of the Congregation. ___ Originally Published on: Jul 11, 2017 @ 09:33 The Pope … Continue reading

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Great VIDEO @ActonInstitute – @DrSamuelGregg on threats faced by religious believers around the world

Here is a sample of the content of Acton University. Description: Samuel Gregg, Director of Research at the Acton Institute, delivers the opening plenary lecture of Acton University 2017 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gregg’s lecture focuses … Continue reading

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His Hermeneuticalness on St John Fisher

With delight I report that my good friend, His Hermeueticalness, Fr. Tim Finigan has taken up his electronic pen more regularly than before his heart problems knocked him down… slacker. Here’s a bit of his great offering about St. John Fisher, … Continue reading

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3 June – St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs, victims of homosexual depravity

While today is, in the traditional calendar of the Roman Rite, the Vigil of Pentecost, in the Ordinary Form calendar today is the feast of St. Charles Lwanga and companions, murder victims and martyrs of homosexual depravity. Today we might … Continue reading

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