Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

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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ASK FATHER: Patron Saint of aquaculture workers

Since there is a great deal that’s fishy going on inside and coming out of the Vatican, thus making it a kind of fish hatchery, I thought this question was appropriate. From a reader… QUAERITUR: My dad is the manager … Continue reading

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A Pope Speaks: Pius XII on something the #PBC2019 summit didn’t discuss. AUDIO

Two things drive this post. First, the Roman “summit” rammed a major aspect of The Present Crisis into a smaller box than reasonable people allow.  They excluded many things that could have been addressed.  One of them is the devolution … Continue reading

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Mighty St. Thérèse, victim of “fake news” and the cruelty of libs

I am a great fan of St. Joan of Arc, a saint also for our day.  Also, I am indebted to St. Thérèse for help with my vocation in the dark days of my US seminary nightmare.  She was instrumental … Continue reading

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During the Rome “summit” we celebrate the Feast of St Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church

Speaking of homosexuality, during the Rome “summit”, on 23 February, we will celebrate the feast of St Peter Damian (d 1072), Doctor of the Church. St. Peter was a spectacular theologian and reformer.  One of his hardest hitting works is … Continue reading

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Movement in the causes of Bl. John Henry Newman and Card. József Mindszenty

Here’s some news from today’s Bolletino. Francis met with the Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints and he approved some decrees.  Among them… il miracolo, attribuito all’intercessione del Beato Giovanni Enrico Newman, Cardinale di Santa Romana Chiesa, … Continue reading

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10 February – St. José Sánchez del Río, Martyr

Today is the Feast of José Sánchez del Río. I would very much like a relic of this wonderful saint for our time.  Anyone? I suspect many people, perhaps even among the readers here, have convinced themselves that the persecution … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Feasts of new saints in the Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was able to attend the talk by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski the other night in Minneapolis but so many hands were going up I was not able to ask my question. Do you think at some … Continue reading

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On changing the Italian text of the “Our Father”. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

At First Things, Charlotte Allen deftly explains the spectacularly bad move to change the official wording of the Lord’s Prayer in Italian. In effect, she points out that this tinkeritis (my word) is yet another abysmally obtuse reaction by bishops … Continue reading

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27 Dec – St. John Evangelist: “We must deny to Protestantism any right to use the Bible, much more to interpret it.”

Today, being the Feast of the Evangelist John, we have a special blessing for wine and other libations.  I wrote about that HERE.  We have this blessing because of an assassination attempt.    There was an attempt on the life … Continue reading

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7 Dec – Titanic, intriguing St Ambrose of Milan, bishop and doctor

Today is the feast of St. Ambrose of Milan, a titanic figure of the early Church, massively influential, endlessly intriguing.  He died in 397 and is entombed in Milan, where you can visit and venerate his bones, which were recently … Continue reading

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25 Oct – “This day is called the Feast of Crispian…”

Today is the Feast of Crispin and Crispinian. The 3rd c. martyrs Crispin and Crispinian were killed in Soissons.  They converted people as they plied their trade as cobblers and they were generous to the poor.  Eventually they were persecuted … Continue reading

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15 Oct: St. Teresa, calendars and fascinating fountains! (A note to NAC seminarians and Rome denizens.)

Speaking of saints days and calendars (I posted about that a few hours ago… Here is something for NAC seminarians, especially, as you walk from the heights to the Centro.  There is something interesting to see just off your usual … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Celebrating Conciliar Saint Popes in the Traditional Roman Rite

From a reader… QUAERITUR: 26 September is the feast of the now-canonized Paul VI. Since this is a feria on the 1962 calendar, one could mark the day with the traditional Latin Mass “Si Diliges Me”, and name him in … Continue reading

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9 Oct – Feast of Bl. J.H. Newman: “To be deep in history” Mug

It’s the feast (in some places and for some groups) of Bl. John Henry Newman.  Who can forget his beatification by Benedict XVI? Also, Fr. Hunwicke suggests recitation of the Athanasian Creed for Oratorian families.  HERE    Oratories are springing up … Continue reading

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