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- ADVENTCAzT 2021: 11 – Wednesday 2nd Week of Advent – Immaculate Conception
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Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols
ADVENTCAzT 2021: 10 – Tuesday 2nd Week of Advent – “Derepénte púero Ambrósium epíscopum exclamánte, univérsi pópuli vox erúpit.”
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today we hear about St. Ambrose, whose feast it is, from the 3rd Reading of the Office of Matins in the Breviarium Romanum. Then, Ambrose instructs us on … Read More
It is St. Nicholas Day in Advent 2021. There are all sorts of customs attached to this day, stemming from ancient times when St. Nicholas was much venerated for being… a saint. A saint who worked miracles. St. Nicholas is often … Read More
Since I am working to recover my long lost chess game, I thought you might like this, from The Way of Perfection 16 by St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church and Patroness of Chess Players. 1.But you may … Read More
Here is ADVENTCAzT 03, for the Feast of St. Andrew. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf · ADVENTCAzT 2021: 03 – St. Andrew, Apostle Have an idea for a reading in these podcasts? HERE Make some Mystic Monk Coffee and have a … Read More
JUST TOO COOL: Neighborhood sidewalk shrine to St. Camillus of Lellis against COVID-1984 – UPDATED with BOM!
UPDATE 27 Nov 2021: A couple people asked for the plans for making a shrine. I asked the fellow who made the one below to send a BOM (Bill of Materials). It should have working links. HERE Originally posted on: … Read More
8 Nov: Four Holy Crowned Martyrs. An object lesson about fooling around with demonic idols (aka Pachamama)
Today is the Feast of the Four Holy Crowned Martyrs. They were sculptors in ancient Rome who refused to carve pagan demon idols. Hence, they were killed by the Emperor Diocletian. Their remains are in the Roman church of St. … Read More
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 … Read More
At the traditional parish in Rome, Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, there was a nice ceremony in honor of all the saints. This could also be done on the Feast of Holy Relics, on 1o December in the 1962 calendar. Before … Read More
“A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven” – Boethius Today is the feast of St. Severinus Boethius (+525), the author of the Consolation of Philosophy. He was a pivotal figure at the cusp of … Read More
Today is not only the anniversary of the time travel scene in Back To The Future via the souped up Delorean, it is also, and more importantly the Feast of St. Gaspar del Bufalo (+1837), “Hammer of Freemasons”. I have interest … Read More
17 September 1621 – St. Robert Bellarmine – Doctor and Pot Scrubber of the Church – 400th anniversary of his death
Today, 17 September, is the anniversary of the death of St. Robert Bellarmine, “hammer of heretics”. In the traditional calendar he is celebrated on 13 May. Today is the 400th anniversary of his death. This mighty Doctor was a true … Read More
Today is the feast of St. Zachariah, the prophet of the Old Testament. Here is the entry in the Martyrologium Romanum with a translation. 1. Commemoratio sancti Zachariae, prophetae, qui populum de exsilio in terra promissionis reversurum prophetavit eique regis … Read More
Today there is fervent celebration of the great St. Phoebe, of Romans 16. She was apparently a wealthy woman of Cenchreae (near Corinth), a friend and supporter (prostatis) of Paul (he had several female patronesses), a “servant” (diakonos – note … Read More
Unless you are either a true student of a) history, b) hagiography, or c) liturgy, you might have no idea what the phrase “Church Triumphant” means. Of course that phrase ultimately has an eschatological meaning, but for us in the … Read More
Today is the Feast of St. John Eudes, a great saint of the 17th c. A great missionary. He was a promoter of devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and spiritual writer. Canonized in 1920’s, he has a … Read More
The Roman calendar has many little treasures which remind us of how our Faith and the Church’s calendar, the rhythm of temporal and spiritual life, are integrated in our seasons. Today, for example, the Feast of the Transfiguration of the … Read More
6 August 1221 – 800th Anniversary of the Death of St. Dominic. Imagine what things would be like without him.
Today is the 800th Anniversary of the Death of St. Dominic. In other words it is also his “birth day”. The term used for the death of saints is “Dies Natalis“, one’s “birth” into heaven. Imagine what things might have … Read More