Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

“Katonda!” The Feast of St Charles Lwanga, Martyr. Best patron saint for LGBT month!

“Katonda!”   This year today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, but in 2022 I will with real pleasure be able to celebrate, using the Traditional Missale Romanum, the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga.  The decree Cum sanctissima allows for the … Read More

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PARIS: Attack on a procession honoring Catholics martyred by the Commune

In Paris a couple of days ago there was a procession to honor the Catholic martyrs of the Commune, who were slain 150 years ago on 26 May 1871. Among those killed was the Archbishop of Paris Georges Darboy. The … Read More

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30 May – St. Joan of Arc, Virgin: Martyrology, Marvelous reading, Movies

Today we celebrate the feast of the quintessential “¡Hagan lío!” gal. Today, in the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum we find interesting saints, including St. Petronilla and St. Ferdinand III, King of Castille.  We also find Otto Neururer, a priest who died … Read More

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Concerning the death of St. Joseph

“Let me die as did glorious St. Joseph, accompanied by Jesus and Mary, pronouncing those sweetest of names, which I hope to extol for all eternity.” This is the very end of a fine piece about the death of St. … Read More

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St. Gregory VII – “equivalent saint”

Today is the Feast of St. Gregory VII, Hildebrand.   He reigned from 1073-1085.  This was a serious Pope.  He had to deal with the Investiture Controversy, which was about the primacy of the Pope’s authority.  He was vilified during his … Read More

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20 May – St. “Golden Girl” of Ostia and a fascinating Latin inscription

Today is the feast of St. Aurea of Ostia, a martyr from the 2nd century about whom we know nothing for sure, except that she worked miracles, refused to sacrifice to the gods and was murdered in the 3rd c. … Read More

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A Pope in hell? The curious case of Pope SAINT Peter Celestine V

Today is the feast of St. Peter Celestine, Pope Celestine V, who famously resigned the papacy. One of the fascinating people in our Catholic family history. Pietro da Morrone, born c. 1215, in the Molise area of central Italy, came … Read More

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14 May: Sts. Victor and Corona, martyrs. (How to get her statue.)

In the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum for 14 May, we find that, in the first place, St. Matthias, Apostle, is honored on his Novus Ordo feast.  In the Vetus Ordo, Matthias is celebrated on 25 February. His scriptis, in the 2005 MartRom we find … Read More

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4 May: Feast of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

Today is the Feast of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.    There are, however, I believe really 284 beatified and canonized martyrs from the time of the Reformation in England. The monstrous Henry VIII began to execute those … Read More

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4 May – St Monica: intercessor for children fallen away from the Faith

In the older, traditional Roman calendar today is the feast of the mother of St. Augustine, St. Monnica, widow.  She died in Ostia (Rome’s port) in 387, when she and her family were heading back to North Africa after Augustine’s … Read More

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2 May: St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor. Shall we ever see his like again?

It being the 4th Sunday after Easter (N.O.: 5th of), we don’t give a lot of space to the veneration of saints at the altar today. However, today is the Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.  … Read More

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How cool, how quotable is St. Catherine of Siena? Have a look.

The other day, 30 April, was in the traditional calendar the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Doctrix of the Church. In the Novus Ordo her feast falls on 29 April (her dies natalis). She was canonized by a favorite … Read More

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1 May – St. Joseph the Worker: An intercessor in time of need

I have often asserted in these pages that St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor.  I have received amazing interventions by this great saint, who is foster father of the Son of God.  I recently committed my material cares to him … Read More

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30 April (N.O.) – St Pius V – A Pope who dealt with clerical depravity

Today in the Novus Ordo calendar is the Feast of St. Pius V, a great Pope, at the time of the important Battle of Lepanto. Some years ago I made a podcast about Pius V and his bull Quo primum.  HERE … Read More

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29 April: St. Peter Martyr, Patron of Inquisitors & blessing Holy Water in honor of

In the Church’s traditional calendar today we celebrate St. Peter the Martyr, also known as Peter of Verona. St. Peter Martyr was a Dominican who preached against the Cathars around Milan.  He was so effective that the Cathars hired an … Read More

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St. Catherine of Siena wrote that GOD says that same-sex acts are so appalling that demons who incite them won’t stick around as they are taking place

According to the Novus Ordo calendar today is the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Doctrix of the Church, and Patroness of Europe and of Italy.  Her body rests in the beautiful Dominican church in Rome, Santa Maria sopra … Read More

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28 April – Prepared to be amazed! – St. Gianna Molla’s 2nd miracle. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Today is the Dies Natalis of St. Gianna Beretta Molla (+28 April 1962 at 39 years of age). That is to say that St. Gianna died and was born into heaven today (thus, “birthday… dies natalis”). I have posted this … Read More

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ACTION ITEM! Support a worthy apostolate: TREASURES OF THE CHURCH

Not too long ago, I posted about a miraculous healing that occurred in New York, Long Island area.  The occasion was a presentation about holy relics by Fr. Carlos Martins, who has an apostolate called Treasures Of The Church. It … Read More

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Feast of an incorruptible

Today is the feast of St. Bernadette Soubirous.  I am reminded by her feast of a post I wrote some time ago about “incorruptibles”, saints whose bodies do not decay in the normal course of such things.  HERE According to … Read More

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14 April: St. Justin, martyr

Today is the feast of St. Justin, Martyr, who was killed in about 165. COLLECT (1962): Deus, qui per stultitiam crucis eminentem Iesu Christi scientiam beatum Iustinum Martyrem mirabíliter docuisti; eius nobis intercessione concede; ut, errorum circumventione depulsa, fidei firmitatem … Read More

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