Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

Chinese Catholics barricade themselves in church to prevent its destruction

I don’t think there is any way to avoid this conclusion: the Holy See sold out our Chinese brothers and sisters. From CNA: Chinese Catholics barricade themselves in church to prevent demolition Beijing, China, Nov 1, 2019 / 09:07 am … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – ALL SAINTS – Holy Day of OBLIGATION in 2019

Thursday 1 November 2017 is a Holy Day of OBLIGATION. Check your parish schedules for Masses. For our part, there will be a Missa Cantata at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI, in the Extraordinary Form.  6:30 PM. The Collect for today’s … Continue reading

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

The other day I was in the Vatican gardens and I saw the “Peace Tree” where an Imam recited a sutra from the Koran intended to claim the Vatican for Allah.   Nope.  I said some very harsh things to that … Continue reading

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St. Robert Bellarmine – Pray for us! Help us with your teaching and example!

Today I greet readers and friends who are blessed with the name “Robert”.  Happy Novus Ordo Name Day. You get two Name Days, since the traditional day is 13 May. In particular I remember in prayer His Excellency Most Reverend … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Incorrupt bodies of saints

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hi Father, is it important for a saints body to be incorrupt after death? Does it confirm the person was holy and what does it say about the saints whose bodies are not incorrupt? Thanks! Well, … Continue reading

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20 August: St. Samuel, Old Testament prophet

Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered by Holy Church to be saints. They are not on the Latin Church’s universal calendar – except for a few of those mighty ones who stand astride the two … Continue reading

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14 Aug -St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr, #HamRadio operator, intercede for dissident ‘c’atholic media! #CQ

Today, 14 August, is the Vigil of the Assumption.  It is also the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest put to death at Auschwitz. St. Maximilian Kolbe, has a special relevance for Catholic media. I would ask all … Continue reading

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9 August – St. Edith Stein – Her dialogue between Ambrose and Augustine

Today is the feast of St. Edith Stein, co-patroness of Europe.  Ethnically Jewish, she converted and entered Carmel as Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  In 1942 she was rounded up by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, where she … Continue reading

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St. John Vianney’s things

The Novus Ordo calendar has St. John Vianney – confessor, the other kind of confessor too, draft dodger, Legion of Honor recipient, patron of priests, for the Feast today, 4 August.  In the traditional calendar, he is celebrated on 8 … Continue reading

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1 August – Seven Holy Maccabees: A mother urges her children to their deaths

In the new-fangled, Ordinary Form calendar today is the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’Liguori, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church so famous for his contributions to moral theology.   One of the great thrills of my life was to … Continue reading

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31 July – St. Ignatius of Loyola! Please intercede for your spiritual sons.

Today is the Feast of the founder of the Jesuits. May I say from the onset that I have some spiffy Pope Clement XIV gear? HERE Here is the Martyrologium Romanum entry for this great saint, Ignatius of Loyola. To … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Bp. Hying @MadisonDiocese on St. James the Greater

Almost every day, His Excellency Most Reverend Donald Hying, Bishop of Madison, offers a short video on some precise topic or in a short series. Today Bp. Hying speak of St. James the Greater (older, taller), whose Feast it is. … Continue reading

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22 July: Mary Magdalene – one tough cookie

At NLM there is a really good post by Greg DiPippo about the roller coaster history of the liturgical observance of the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. You might recall that in 2016 Pope Francis made her day – in the Novus … Continue reading

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Mass texts for St. Elijah, Prophet – 20 July

Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered saints and have a day in the Roman liturgical book called the Roman Martyrology. I post about them on occasion. The Martyrology says that when the day is clear … Continue reading

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17 July 1794: “Mother, permission to die?”

In 1794, the Place de la Nation on the east side of Paris was called the Place du Trône-Renversé… Toppled Throne Square. In 1792 a guillotine was set up here and the killing began. Robespierre and Barère made terror an … Continue reading

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