Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

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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7 December: St. Ambrose of Milan

Today is the feast of St. Ambrose, who seemed to bring out both the worst and the best in people.  For example, St. Jerome couldn’t stand him. HERE If you are interested in learning more about this titanic figure of … Continue reading

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Why the Martyrs of Uganda were killed

During his recently concluded trip to Africa (HERE), for whatever reason, Pope Francis chose not to speak about the reason why many of the martyrs of Uganda were viciously killed: they resisted the homosexual advances of the ruler, a ritual … Continue reading

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Of wheels and mystical marriages

Today in the calendars of both sides of the Roman Rite is the Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr.  As a matter of fact, she is celebrated by just about all Christians (who have any doctrine and history). … Continue reading

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“Martinmass” by John Clare

Today is, along with Veteran’s Day, and Remembrance Day, and Armistice Day, it is also St. Martin’s Day, referring to St. Martin of Tour.  It is Martinmas, which in many places marked the end of the harvest. I once held … Continue reading

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10 Nov: Leo the Great

In the newer Roman calendar this is the feast of Pope Saint Leo I, “the Great” (+461). In the older, traditional calendar, his feast is 11 April. You could perhaps pray to St. Leo that he will intercede with God … Continue reading

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4 Nov: The Death Mask of St. Charles Borromeo

A few years ago a priest friend of mine in an area of Switzerland which was of the Ambrosian Rite of Milan, sent me a video of a rare death mask of St. Charles Borromeo. He died after visiting that … Continue reading

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22 October: Sts. Nunilo and Alodia! Virgins and Martyrs

Today, 22 October, is the feast of the glorious martyrs Sts. Nunilo and Alodia! Nunilo and Alodia were 9th c. virgin martyrs in Huesca, Spain. They were born to a Muslim father and Christian mother. They chose their mother’s Christianity. … Continue reading

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VIDEO St. Maria Goretti arrives at St. John Cantius in Chicago

As you know, the body of St. Mary Goretti is on “pilgrimage” around these USA.  More HERE She arrived in Chicago at St. John Cantius. She will be coming to Madison, WI. Here is the arrival of St. Mary in … Continue reading

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11 Oct: St. John XXIII

Today is the feast of the Pope who issued the Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia. Today is the feast of the Pope who didn’t like it when people clapped in church. Today is the feast of the Pope who issued the Roman … Continue reading

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9 October: St. Abraham, patriarch

Before I forget, as I did yesterday, 9 October was the feast of St. Abraham, partriarch of the Old Testment.  Here is the entry in the newest edition of the Martyrologium Romanum with a translation: 3. Commemoratio sancti Abrahae, patriarchae … Continue reading

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A Roman Mystery: The Lost Tomb of St. Jerome

If there have to be reality TV shows or treasure hunt movies, I propose finding the tomb of St. Jerome (+420) in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. I may write a novel!  It would have vampires, I … Continue reading

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St. Mary Goretti USA Pilgrimage – NEWS

TWO developments… below. But first… You may have heard that the relics of St. Mary Goretti are on “pilgrimage”, as it were, in these USA.  HERE Pilgrimage of Mercy: the Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti From … Continue reading

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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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