Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

13 July: St. Ezra, Old Testament Prophet

Some of you may not know that Holy Church considers many Old Testament figures to be saints.  You can find them commemorated in the pages of the Martyrologium Romanum. Today, for example, we have… 2. Commemoratio santi Esdrae, sacerdotis et … Continue reading

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1 July: St. Aaron, brother of Moses

Some people may not realize that many great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and are listed in the Roman Martyrology. 1 July, is the feast of St. Aaron, the brother of Moses (also a saint). Here is … Continue reading

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The greatest man born of woman

Today is the Feast of the one whom the Lord called the greatest man ever born of woman. Here is his entry in the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum: Sollemnitas Nativitatis sancti Ioannis Baptistae, Praecursoris Domini, qui iam in utero matris, Spiritu … Continue reading

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23 June – St. Æthelthryth – Etheldreda – Audrey (and ACTION ITEM!)

ACTION ITEM BELOW! Today is the feast of St. Etheldreda, a 7th c. Angl0-Saxon. In some accounts she is portrayed as a “warrior queen”. I don’t think she’d like modern day feminists one little bit. A long-time reader and commentatrix … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m dying and I want for my funeral…

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am dying and planning my funeral. I like the formulations in the old Latin funeral more than in the Novus Ordo. Can English translations of the old mass be substituted for parts of the new Mass? The … Continue reading

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St. Charles Lwanga, martyred by sexually deviant King

Today we might contemplate the various ways in which the State is encroaches in our lives and tries to force us to do things that are repugnant to nature and to God’s laws. Today is the feast day of a saint, … Continue reading

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More sacred art from Daniel Mitsui (Hint: A suggestion and COFFEE!)

Daniel Mitusi occasionally sends me new pieces of art which he has created. This time he sent me his Christo Gloria In Ecclesia.  For his site click HERE You may recall that his little daughter has spent quite a bit … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: St. Michael Prayer after Novus Ordo Masses

From a reader… I am a parishioner at ___. In general, we have been blessed … with clergy who are either traditionally-minded, or at least not hostile to tradition. Several years ago, one of the priests started us praying the … Continue reading

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PETITION TO POPE FRANCIS: Declare St. John Paul II “Doctor of the Church”!

I, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, do hereby petition our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to declare St. John Paul II Doctor of the Church. I ask that St. John Paul II, who instituted the Feast of Divine Mercy, be declared Doctor of … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday St. Teresa of Avila!

Today is the 500th birthday of St. Teresa of Avila (28 March 1515 – 4 October 1582). She is a great saint, reformer and Doctor of the Church. Perhaps you readers could contribute your own favorite quotes of the quotable … Continue reading

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25 March: St. Dismas – The Good Thief

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation (9 months before Christmas). However, today is also the feast day of the “Good Thief”, known by tradition as St. Dismas. Here is his entry from the Martyrologium Romanum: 2. Commemoratio sancti latronis, … Continue reading

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OLDIE PODCAzT: St. Joseph: a hymn dissected & sermon of Bernardine of Siena

Back in 2009 I made a PODCAzT about the hymn sung in the Liturgy of Hours in honor of St. Joseph. 082 09-03-19 St. Joseph: a hymn dissected & sermon of Bernardine of Siena Check it out! ____ Happy … Continue reading

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St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows: Patron of Handgunners

A saint for today.  Terrorists invade your town and set about to do terrible things…. … someone to pray to when ISIS – or whomever – comes to your neighborhood. Today is the feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day promotion for Courageous Priest – reminder

The nice people at Courageous Priest are still working on their t-shirt fundraiser.  They have a St. Patrick t-shirt which, for a change, doesn’t promote anything stupid, immoral, or disrespectful to the Saint. Since I simply loath what has been done to the Feast … Continue reading

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The beheadings continue. What will be the response of civilization?

The beheadings continue. What will be the response of civilization? “Rome” is a target for ISIS. What that means, we aren’t sure. It seems to be code for “Christians”, the lands which once comprised Christendom. It also probably means Rome … Continue reading

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