Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

UPDATED! – Fr Thomas Uzhunnalil, kidnapped in Yemen, crucified by ISIS on Good Friday

UPDATE 28 March 2128 GMT: Bishop Hinder on Kidnapped Priest: ‘Strong Indications That Father Tom Is Still Alive’ UPDATE 28 March 2002h GMT: According to Kathnet, there may still be hope. Bischof: Verschleppter Priester im Jemen vermutlich am Leben While … Continue reading

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24 March: Bl. Oscar Romero, martyr

There is a piece at Vatican Radio that this Holy Thursday, 24 March, will be the “feast day” of Bl. Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran Archbishop who was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980. It seems to be the Church’s day … Continue reading

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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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