Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

Diminishing Returns: Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist

Today is the feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist. I consider this (also) my name day, and in so many ways it is more appropriate for me than the Nativity of John in June. Here is the Roman … Continue reading

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How St. Augustine came to be in Hippo

St. Augustine was born and raised in the North African backwater of Thagaste, in what is today northern Algeria.  He studied in Carthage.  He worked and was baptized in Milan.  He returned to Thagaste. How did he wind up in … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: What’s the best translation of St. Augustine’s “The Confessions”?

From a reader: Thank you for the recommendation on the biography [of St. Augustine by Hollingworth]; I have purchased it at Amazon through your site. Can you recommend a good translation of the “Confessions” and/or “The City of God”? Kindle … Continue reading

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The Bones of St. Augustine

Yesterday, I posted about the bones of St. Monnica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo.  Today we move to the mortal remains of her sainted son. Augustine died on 28 August 430. Sometime before the early 8th century, Augustine’s … Continue reading

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St. Monnica avoided alcoholism

From Serge Lancel’s Augustine, one of the best biographies I know of the great Bishop of Hippo (p. 8 ff – emphases mine): Before devoting himself entirely to Mother Church, as he approached the age of forty, Augustine had had a … Continue reading

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St. Monnica: “put my body anywhere”

Here is an oldie post, appropriate for the day: Today in newer, Ordinary Form calendar of the Holy Roman Church is the feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo.  In the traditional calendar her feast was … Continue reading

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St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest and martyr: Pray for dissident ‘c’atholic media!

Today is 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 of you to say a prayer to him, asking his … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Mazzucchelli Edition

A priest friend and I are headed to SW Wisconsin to visit churches built by the Dominican missionary Ven Samuel Mazzucchelli. We will aim at Dubuque to see the Cathedral.  The founder, Bp Loras was a friend of St John … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ – Special #HamRadio Update – Cool Catholic Event Edition

First, don’t miss my latest CQ CQ CQ – #HamRadio Saturday – QSO / QSL Card 1st Draft That said, I have to update with something fairly spiffy. First, before I get to Ham Stuff, an interlude to keep you in … Continue reading

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1 August – Seven Holy Maccabees & St. Peter in Chains: Wherein there is cool Catholic stuff

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, today is … Continue reading

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