Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

ASK FATHER: Incorrupt bodies of saints

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hi Father, is it important for a saints body to be incorrupt after death? Does it confirm the person was holy and what does it say about the saints whose bodies are not incorrupt? Thanks! Well, … Continue reading

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20 August: St. Samuel, Old Testament prophet

Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered by Holy Church to be saints. They are not on the Latin Church’s universal calendar – except for a few of those mighty ones who stand astride the two … Continue reading

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14 Aug -St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr, #HamRadio operator, intercede for dissident ‘c’atholic media! #CQ

Today, 14 August, is the Vigil of the Assumption.  It is also the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest put to death at Auschwitz. St. Maximilian Kolbe, has a special relevance for Catholic media. I would ask all … Continue reading

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9 August – St. Edith Stein – Her dialogue between Ambrose and Augustine

Today is the feast of St. Edith Stein, co-patroness of Europe.  Ethnically Jewish, she converted and entered Carmel as Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  In 1942 she was rounded up by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, where she … Continue reading

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St. John Vianney’s things

The Novus Ordo calendar has St. John Vianney – confessor, the other kind of confessor too, draft dodger, Legion of Honor recipient, patron of priests, for the Feast today, 4 August.  In the traditional calendar, he is celebrated on 8 … Continue reading

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1 August – Seven Holy Maccabees: A mother urges her children to their deaths

In the new-fangled, Ordinary Form calendar today is the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’Liguori, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church so famous for his contributions to moral theology.   One of the great thrills of my life was to … Continue reading

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31 July – St. Ignatius of Loyola! Please intercede for your spiritual sons.

Today is the Feast of the founder of the Jesuits. May I say from the onset that I have some spiffy Pope Clement XIV gear? HERE Here is the Martyrologium Romanum entry for this great saint, Ignatius of Loyola. To … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Bp. Hying @MadisonDiocese on St. James the Greater

Almost every day, His Excellency Most Reverend Donald Hying, Bishop of Madison, offers a short video on some precise topic or in a short series. Today Bp. Hying speak of St. James the Greater (older, taller), whose Feast it is. … Continue reading

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22 July: Mary Magdalene – one tough cookie

At NLM there is a really good post by Greg DiPippo about the roller coaster history of the liturgical observance of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. You might recall that in 2016 Pope Francis made her day – in the Novus … Continue reading

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Mass texts for St. Elijah, Prophet – 20 July

Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and have a day in the Roman liturgical book called the Roman Martyrology. I post about them on occasion. The Martyrology says that when the day is clear … Continue reading

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17 July 1794: “Mother, permission to die?”

In 1794, the Place de la Nation on the east side of Paris was called the Place du Trône-Renversé… Toppled Throne Square. In 1792 a guillotine was set up here and the killing began. Robespierre and Barère made terror an … Continue reading

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13 July: St. Ezra (Esdras), Old Testament Prophet and some spectacular baroque musical weirdness

Today is the feast of St. Ezra or Esdras. In the 5th c. BC, the Persian Artaxerxes allowed a scribe named Ezra to return to Jerusalem to restore the Temple worship and the law of Moses.  At Jerusalem he finds … Continue reading

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The beatification of Fulton J. Sheen, patron of faithful priests persecuted by bishops

Now that the wrangling over the body of Fulton Sheen has been resolved by a secular court, and the body of the Venerable has been transferred from this sometimes tomb in New York City to it’s resting place in Peoria, … Continue reading

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Excellent patron saint for LGBTQ – St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs

As “Pride” month continues… Today is the feast of St. Charles Lwanga and companions, murder victims and martyrs of homosexual depravity. Today we might also contemplate the various ways in which the State is encroaches in our lives in this … Continue reading

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1 May – St. Joseph the Worker: Mighty intercessor in time of need

Pray to St. Joseph, especially in your needs concerning your work and your vocation.  St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor.  He comes through for you especially when you are specific about what you need and when you need it. I’ve … Continue reading

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