Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

10 Nov: Leo the Great

In the newer, post-conciliar, Novus Ordo Roman calendar today is the feast of Pope Saint Leo I, “the Great” (+461). In the older, traditional calendar, his feast is 11 April.
Every pontificate is a parenthesis in the history of Holy Church. … 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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ASK FATHER: Does the St. Gertrude Prayer release 1000 souls from Purgatory?

We are in that sweet-spot period when we can gain wonderful indulgences for Poor Souls and we are still within the Year of Mercy.  So…
…GET TO WORK!
From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My husband and I were reading your post on how to gain … Continue reading

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A Blessed who saw angels, Martin Luther, and YOU!

I had an email from a Portuguese blogger, with the interesting site, Senza Pagare.  He has a post about 50 of Luther’s ideas which are against the Catholic Faith.
Also, recently in Rome, he told me about a vision of a Blessed … Continue reading

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All Hallows Eve: Doing it right!

A few years back a reader sent:

Given that Halloween is a contraction of All Hallows Eve, and given that “hallows” are “saints”, and given that All Hallows Eve means, therefore, the Eve of the Feast of All Saints, it seems … Continue reading

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“Today is called the Feast of Crispian…”

Today is called the Feast of Crispian…
Some video versions … in order:
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 … Continue reading

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St. Francis of Assisi on treatment of the Eucharist, Communion, ornaments of the altar

If any of you have some notion that St. Francis of Assisi was in life like the kitty-hugging, pastel-toned image you see on a holy card or garden statuette, with little birdies sitting on his arms… think again. Some think that had … Continue reading

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Pope Francis speeds cause for Fr. Hamel, murdered by terrorists

A couple weeks ago I wrote that I suspected that Fr. Jacques Hamel was martyred, murdered in Northern France by Islamic terrorists, and that it wouldn’t surprise me were the Pope to speed up the process.
During the presser on the airplane returning to … 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 think, … Continue reading

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Angel Feast!

In the older Roman calendar today is the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel, which refers to a basilica dedicated in his honor.
This has been the time of year to honor angels for a long time in … Continue reading

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NORTH KOREA: Christians ‘Hung On A Cross Over Fire’, Steamrollered And Crushed To Death

Pope Benedict XVI’s 1st Message for the World Day for Peace in 2006, HERE, had some remarkable content. Unlike many of these messages for various and sundry Days that litter the calendar, this one is worth reading.
In this Message, Benedict … Continue reading

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Padre Pio music on his feast day: Musical Setting of his “Prayer” (VIDEO)

Today is the Feast of St. Pio, aka Padre Pio of Pietralcina, who died in 1968 and was canonized in 2002.  He was an amazing saint.
I have an affection for Padre Pio.  My bishop, who recently passed away – RIP, … Continue reading

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This saint, after 1969, never said Mass using the Novus Ordo

Summorum Pontificum was a tremendous gift to the whole Church.  It was certainly one of the most – if not the most – important achievements of Benedict XVI, part of what I cal his Marshall Plan.  It is a great … Continue reading

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19 Sept – NAPLES: The blood of St Januarius liquefied!

According to ANSA the miracle was repeated today: the preserved blood of the 4th c. martyr St. Januarius (San Gennaro) liquified.  Good thing for Naples!
Here is something that I wrote for the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald:
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ASK FATHER: Pope Francis said Fr. Hamel is a martyr. Is he now “Blessed Jacque Hamel”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I saw today that Pope Francis confirmed that Fr. Hamel is a “martyr.” Does this mean we can now refer to him as St. or Blessed or Venerable Fr. Hamel?
I strongly suspect that Fr. Jacques Hamel, recently killed in his … Continue reading

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