Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

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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4 Oct – St. Francis of Assisi – TWO points

On this Feast of the great St. Francis of Assisi, I offer two things. First, I invite all of you to pray to St. Francis to intervene and end the persecution of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. Next, this … Continue reading

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Europe’s Oldest Intact Book Was Found in a St. Cuthbert’s Coffin

Here is a super cool story from JSTOR (which I’m sure you all follow): Why Europe’s Oldest Intact Book Was Found in a Saint’s Coffin The St. Cuthbert Gospel is the earliest surviving intact European book. Some time around 698, … Continue reading

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25 September: Bl. Herman “the Cripple”

One of my Roman interlocutors reminded me by text that today is the Feast of Bl. Herman of Reichenau, “the Cripple”, honored in the Benedictine Tradition.  This was an amazing guy!  He could barely move and hardly speak, stricken with … Continue reading

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IRONY! Francis calls 2019 meeting of bishops on Feast of St. Peter Damian

Reports are out that Francis will convoke a meeting with all the presidents of conferences of bishops across the globe to discuss the issue of the sexual abuse of minors.  The meeting is scheduled for 21-24 February 2019. The cynic … Continue reading

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29 August – Beheading of John the Baptist: exposing corrupt priests who covered Herod’s pedophile lust

I jotted this for the print edition of UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald.  I give them 400 words (exactly) a week. I celebrate as my onomastico or “name day” the Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist, … Continue reading

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St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr, ham radio operator, intercede for dissident ‘c’atholic media!

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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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 adult life was … Continue reading

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31 July – St. Ignatius of Loyola: Concerning Jesuits and Heretics

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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ASK FATHER: Mass texts for St. Elijah, Old Testament Prophet

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: “Permission to die, Mother?”

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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