Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

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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Did ISIS behead a priest in Mosul?

I am not sure if this is true or not.  That said…. From ABNA24.com: ISIS Beheads Iraqi Priest in Mosul According to locals and eye witnesses, ISIS beheads an Iraqi priest who captured him 7 month ago. Local says ISIS militants … Continue reading

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St. Lucy and Advent Ember Week

13 December was the darkest day of the old Julian calendar.  Thus, today in the Gregorian calendar is the feast of St. Lucy, whose name from the Latin lux, for “light”, reminds us who dwell in the still darkening northern hemisphere … Continue reading

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1 Dec: St. Nahum, Prophet of the Old Testment

Many Old Testament figures are numbered among the saints by the Catholic Church. You can find them listed in the Martyrologium Romanum. 1. Commemoratio sancti Nahum, prophetae, qui Deum praedicavit cursum temporum regentem et populos in iustitia iudicantem. Yes, folks, … Continue reading

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ISIS to children: ‘Convert! Say the words!’ Children to ISIS: ‘No, We Love Jesus’

Ex ore infantium… perfecisti laudem. Some scholars of Late Antiquity are skeptical about or even scoff at the ancient tales about Christian children who refused to renounce Christ even in the face of terrible pain and fear. Even in our … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 33rd Ordinary Sunday: thoughts on the “sign of peace”

This week’s Collect is rich.  The ancient author was skilled.  The translators of the current ICEL version blew it.  We will see where they went wrong and then drill into a pair of words leading us back to the 3rd … Continue reading

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“They lived not only in ages past…”

A priest friend sent this, which I now share while it is still (for me) All Saints. By the Choir of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

I sing a song of the saints of God, Patient and brave and true, … Continue reading

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