Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

3 Sept – Feast of St. Phoebe, Non-Deacon

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

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31 August – The Church Triumphant and a Patron Saint for “Cancelled” Priests

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

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St. Monnica: “put my body anywhere”

Here is an oldie post, appropriate for the day: Today in newer, Ordinary Form calendar of the Holy Roman Church is the feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo.  In the traditional calendar her feast was … Read More

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19 August – St. John Eudes: “Bad priests are a sign of God’s anger”

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

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The Transfiguration of GRAPES!

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

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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

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2 August: St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor “Zelantissimus” … who bilocated

Today in the traditional Roman calendar is the Feast of St. Alphonsus (1696–1787), Doctor “Zelantissimus” of the Church, founder of the Redemptorists, Bishop of Sant’Agata de’ Goti.  In the Novus Ordo calendar, his feast is 1 August. St. Alphonsus has … Read More

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29 July 1941 – An “offering of life”

On 29 July 1941 ten prisoners from an block at Auschwitz were chosen to be starved to death because a prisoner from that same block had escaped. Fr. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan who founded the Militia Immaculatae, offered his life, … Read More

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Five years ago today.

Interrupted while saying Mass at his parish church in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, the 85-year old priest struggled to repel his two 18-year old attackers with his feet. “Go away Satan!”, he repeated. Fr. Jacques Hamel was murdered, in odium fidei, a martyr … Read More

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22 July: St. Mary Magdalene

In 2016, the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, headed by the great Robert Card. Sarah, issued a decree making – for the Novus Ordo, mind you – what was the Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene into … Read More

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13 July: St. Ezra (Esdras), Old Testament Scribe and spectacular baroque musical weirdness

Today is the feast of St. Ezra or Esdras. In the 5th c. BC, the Persian Artaxerxes allowed a scribe named Ezra to return to Jerusalem to restore the Temple worship and the law of Moses.  At Jerusalem he finds … Read More

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9 July: Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher

St. Thomas More, once Chancellor of England, was martyred on 6 July 1535.  St. John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, was martyred on 22 June 1535.   In the Novus Ordo calendar, they are celebrated on 22 June.  In the traditional calendar … Read More

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6 July: St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr

Today is the Feast of St. Maria Goretti, who died defending her virginity and also in the attempt to prevent her killer from committing a terrible sin. The story of her appearance to him, Alessandro Serenelli, in prison, and his … Read More

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22 June (Novus Ordo): St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More

In the Church’s traditional calendar St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More have their  feasts on 9 July.  More was martyred on 6 July and Fisher on 22 June.  In the Novus Ordo calendar they are celebrated today, together. Pope … Read More

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“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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