Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

5 January: St. Telesphorus and an old friend

In the Novus Ordo calendar it is the Feast of St. John Neumann (+1860) and also of St. Edward the Confessor (+1066). However, it is also the Vigil of Epiphany and feast of St. Telesphorus (c. 137).  St. Irenaeus says … Read More

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ASK FATHER: When can people begin to ask for Pope Benedict’s intercession?

This question comes from a comment under another post, but it stands on its own. From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, quick question? I too believe that Benedict is a saint in heaven. Of course, when someone dies (including a pope), … Read More

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The prayer book of St. Thomas Becket

Here is something from 2016 which remains fascinating to this day. The other day I read about St. Theresa of Avila’s book that had the famous poem written in the margin, perhaps by St. John of Avila.  And years ago … Read More

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27 Dec – St. John Evangelist and St. Fabiola and Card. Wiseman about Protestantism and the Bible

Today, being the Feast of the Evangelist John, we have a special blessing for wine and other libations.  I wrote about that HERE.  We have this blessing because of an assassination attempt.    There was an attempt on the life … Read More

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26 Dec: St. Stephen the Protomartyr, the Archconfraternity, of…

In addition to Boxing Day, and the day good King Wenceslaus went out, it is the feast of St Stephen. I hope all your snow is neat and crisp and even. For my part I am, at the time this … Read More

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Old Testament Prophets in the Church’s calendar: Like the Lord on the road to a Christmasy Emamaus

Today is 21 December, the Winter Solstice and the Feast of the Old Testament Prophet St. Micah. Since the beginning of December, Holy Mother Church has been imitating the Lord on the Road to Emmaus. She has been reminding us … Read More

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St. Thomas and the beating, living, healing, Heart of Love.

Here is something that I wrote a while back. Since today in the Vetus Ordo calendar is the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, I figured that it might be good to share for those who haven’t seen it. […] … Read More

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Advent Ember Week and the pivotal Feast of St. Lucy, the “darkest day”

13 December was the darkest day – with the least sunlight – of the old Julian calendar. Today in the Gregorian calendar is the feast of St. Lucy, whose name from the Latin lux, for “light”, reminds us who dwell in … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Did John the Baptist never sin?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At Mass yesterday the priest said that St. John the Baptist never sinned his whole life due to the absolution he received from the Lord during the Visitation (‘ . . . and he leapt in … Read More

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ADVENTCAzT 2022: 10 – Tuesday 2nd Week of Advent: All things to all men

A series of 5 minute daily podcasts for Advent 2022. Today, a slightly different format. From Bl Ildefonso Schuster we hear about St. Nicholas of Myra, or of Bari, the ancient foundational figure for Santa Claus and then morph straight … Read More

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ADVENCAzT 2022: 04 – Wednesday 1st Week of Advent: Wanton women

A series of short daily podcasts for Advent 2022. Today we hear from the Prophet Isaiah from the Office of Matins for Wednesday even though today is the Feast of St. Andrew. The prophet predicts dire things for society because … Read More

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Broken Wheels, Mystical Nuptials, Lunar Landscapes, and a Funny Nickname

Today in the calendars of both sides of the Roman Rite is the Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr. As a matter of fact, she is celebrated by just about all Christians (who have any doctrine and history). … Read More

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Flying Padre Pio stopped bombers during WW2

I rounded this up from Fakebook. “In the photo Padre Pio and the North American Protestant pilots who converted to Catholicism after seeing the Saint flying with his planes.” The testimony of a general who was converted: in the region … Read More

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8 Nov: Four Holy Crowned Martyrs: don’t fool 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

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Wherein Fr. Z apologizes

The other day I deceived you. It wasn’t intentional, but “sorry!” nonetheless. I had posted that St. Rita had seen the consistory list.   Well, she had, but the image I posted was not of St. Rita. This is St. Hyacintha … Read More

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23 October – St. Severinus Boethius: “A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven.”

“A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to Heaven” – Boethius What have you done, lately, to help someone get to Heaven? Today is the feast of St. Severinus Boethius (+525), the author of the Consolation … Read More

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22 October: Sts. Nunilo and Alodia! Virgins and Martyrs – Pray for us!

A couple years at this time I was in the Vatican gardens. 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 … Read More

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4 Sept: St. Moses, Old Testament lawgiver and prophet

Today is the feast of St. Moses, lawgiver and prophet in the Old Testament. Many people do not realize that may Old Testament figures are considered by Holy Mother Church to be saints. Many of them are listed in editions … Read More

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St. Raymond Nonnatus: A Patron Saint of Canceled Priests

An additional note about St. Raymond Nonnatus.  I mentioned his feast in the Rome Shot post today. And today we have the amazing St. Raymond Nonnatus (yes, from Latin non natus). St. Raymond became Master General of the Mercedarians who labored to raise … Read More

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29 August – Beheading of John the Baptist: exposed corrupt priests

I celebrate as my onomastico or “name day” the Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist, 29 August.  “He must increase,” said the Baptist, “I must decrease” (John 3:30).  I need that rule of life. St Augustine of Hippo … Read More

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