Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

St. Peter Canisius, pray for the Jesuits!

Today is the Feast of St. Peter Canisius (+1597), a Jesuit priest and Doctor of the Church.  There is a good write up about this great son of Ignatius HERE. Peter was a great counter-Reformation saint who worked tirelessly in … 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! Luke 23:39-43: And one of those robbers who were hanged, [Gesmas] blasphemed him, saying: … Continue reading

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A Saint who bi-located to be with a dying Pope

Today, a Friday in Lent, I re-posted my recordings of different versions of the Stations of the Cross, one of which is the classic by St. Alphonsus Liguori. I did so, as I sipped from my glorious Pope Clement XIV … Continue reading

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Miracles attributed to intercession of Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima

This is from today’s Bolletino: Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, 23.03.2017 The Holy Father Francis received in audience this morning His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of … Continue reading

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OLDIE PODCAzT: St. Joseph’s hymn dissected & a hard sermon from St Bernardine of Siena

Back in 2009 I made a PODCAzT about the hymn sung in the Liturgy of Hours in honor of St. Joseph. In this rapid PODCAzT, we will drill into a beautiful Gregorian chant hymn to St. Joseph in the Liturgia … Continue reading

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27 Feb – St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows: Patron of handgunners, marksmen, seminarians, novices

Today is the feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Gabriel Possenti, according to the calendar of the Novus Ordo. In the older, traditional Missal we find that 28 February was given to him.   27 February is … Continue reading

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29 Dec – St. David: Musical Poet King, Old Testament Prophet, Forerunner of Christ

Holy Church considers many Old Testament figures to be saints. Today when you open your trusty copy of the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum you will find, just below the St. Thomas Becket, this interesting entry: 2. Commemoratio sancti David, regis et … Continue reading

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28 Dec – Childermas – The Holy Innocents: “They were the Church’s first blossoms”

Today is Childermas, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child, By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child, By by, lully lullay. O sisters too, How may we do For to preserve this day This … 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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26 Dec: The Protomartyr, The Octave, and You

In addition to Boxing Day, and the day good King Wenceslaus went out, it is the feast of St Stephen. St. Stephen’s feast has been celebrated this day since the earliest centuries of the Church’s life. We are also in the … Continue reading

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The Blood of San Gennaro

On Saturday early I got a text message from a friend in Italy that, in Naples, San Gennaro’s blood did not liquify on one of the dates that it was… supposed to. Now I see the story at La Stampa. The … Continue reading

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St. Daniel and the Fiery Furnace Boys

Some don’t know, and understandably so, that the Church recognizes many great figures of the Old Testament as saints, and she gives them feast days.  They may not appear on the general calendar for liturgical observation, but they are listed … Continue reading

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Our Rich Traditions of Ember Wednesday of Advent

Do you remember the little mnemonic poems?  “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”, or else “Fasting days and Emberings be Lent, Whitsun, Holyrood, and Lucie.” The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after St. Lucy are the Advent Ember Days. In the old Julian … Continue reading

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St. Juan Diego’s amazing miracle story

Remember… If we do not believe in miracles, we do not ask for them. If we do not ask for them, they will not be granted. We are not alone: the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant are closely knit, … Continue reading

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Blind woman healed by contact with relics and priestly prayers

This is a great story. When I wrote about St. Gianna, I offered some points about miracles. I hereby put to you several points to consider, any of which might serve as a starting point for comments below: Saints are presented … Continue reading

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