Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

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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30 April (NO) – St Pius V – A saint against clerical depravity

Allow me today, the Novus Ordo Feast of St Pius V, to repost something edifying and useful.   NB: Pius V’s feast is observed in the traditional Roman calendar on 5 May. _______ At The Josias, which a friend and patron … Continue reading

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St. Richard of Chichester and 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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25 March: Feast of The Good Thief, St. Dismas

Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation. However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas! Fulton Sheen famously quipped of this theif saint that he “stole heaven”. Luke 23:39-43: … Continue reading

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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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