Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

19 March: A beautiful hymn to St. Joseph, a Roman procession, and more

It’s the Feast of the wonderful St. Joseph!  In his Litany we invoke him under beautiful titles, including Pillar of families, Solace of the wretched, Hope of the sick, Patron of the dying and, my favorite, Terror of demons. Happy … Continue reading

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PRAYERCAzT: The Lorica of St. Patrick

The Latin word loríca (note the accent… lo-REE-ka) means “a leather cuirass; a defense of any kind; a breastwork, parapet”.  In effect, it means “armor”.  It has come to be associated with a prayer attributed to St. Patrick (+ 5th c.) … Continue reading

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Take BACK St. Patrick’s Day! New shirts from Courageous Priest.

For years I have disliked St. Patrick’s Day, not because I dislike St. Patrick (a great saint), but because of what the mob has turned it into.  And I don’t see at all any justification for dispensing from Friday penance … Continue reading

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27 Feb: St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows – Patron of Handgunners, 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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Procession in Rome with the bodies of Sts. Padre Pio and Leopold Mandi?

The other day Fishwrap‘s Mickens, channeling his inner Luther, scurrilously dissed Catholics for venerating the relics of saints. HERE Pope Francis had the bodily remains of two great Capuchin confessors, that is saints who were great receivers of confessions, Sts. … Continue reading

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8 Feb: St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita is a truly amazing saint.  Check out a biography of her here. Here is a quote from St. Josephine about her life as a slave: “One day I unwittingly made a mistake that incensed the master’s son. … Continue reading

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7 Feb: Bl. Pius IX, Pope

The Martyrologium Romanum has this entry for 7 February: 16*.  Romae, beati Pii papae Noni, qui, veritatem Christi, cui ab imo adhaesit, plane proclamans, multas instituit sedes episcopales, cultum beatae Mariae Virginis promovit et Concilium OEcumenicum Vaticanum Primum ascivit.

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St. Ignatius and Bl. Ludovica – Beauty differently manifested

My Roman Curia calendar today shows that it is the Feast of Bl. Ludovica Albertoni (+31 Jan 1553).  My (Novus Ordo – 2005) Martyrologium Romanum listed her yesterday, the day of her death, otherwise known as her dies natalis, her birthday into heaven. … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 141: Two Prayers of St. Thomas Aquinas

In the post-Conciliar, Novus Ordo calendar today is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas (+1274).  Let’s hear two prayers from the Angelic Doctor, his Prayer Before Mass and Communion and his Prayer After Mass and Communion in both Latin and English. Some … Continue reading

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16th c. Samurai, martyr, advanced closer to beatification

I like this story.  From CNA: This sword-wielding Samurai just moved closer to sainthood! Vatican City, Jan 23, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The martyrdom of a 16th-century Samurai who died for his Catholic faith was approved this week … Continue reading

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22 January: Sts. Vincent and Anastasius, martyrs

Each week I write an eclectic column of precisely 400 words called “Omnium Gatherum“ for the UK’s best Catholic weekly The Catholic Herald.  This column, which follow my four year series on translations, is now in its second year. For this last week’s (22 … Continue reading

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Five hours later, Father Delp had still not implicated the Pope

A couple years ago in my ADVENTCAzTs I used a lot of material from Advent of the Heart, from talks and sermons of Fr. Afred Delp, SJ, killed by the Nazis.  Delp had participated in plots to kill Hitler. Right … Continue reading

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29 Dec: St. David, musical King and Old Testament Prophet

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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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. I hope all your snow is neat and crisp and even. St. Stephen’s feast has been celebrated this day since the … 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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