Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

8 February: St. Josephine Bakhita

St. Josephine Bakhita is a truly amazing saint.  Check out a biography of her HERE. Pope Benedict XVI wrote about her at length in his encyclical Spe salvi. She was sold into slavery as a girl and was eventually ransom, brought … Read More

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5 Feb: St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

Today is the feast of St. Agatha, a virgin martyr and saint of the Roman Canon. Agatha was martyred in Sicily in about 251 during the time of the Emperor Decius and her tomb is at Catania.  In Rome there … Read More

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Makes you think, doesn’t it.

Makes you think, doesn’t it. Look around at what is going on. February 1st is the feast of the Blessed Martyrs of Angers, commemorating 99 Catholics from among the thousands massacred by French Revolutionaries at Avrillé between 1793 and 1794 … Read More

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The Popes’ guts, martyrdom and YOU

Today is the Feast of Sts. Vincent and Anastasius. Their church Rome is of interest.  It faces the famous Trevi fountain.  It is the place where the entrails of lots of Popes were kept.  You read that right.   Back in … Read More

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31 December: St. Melania the Younger

Happy Feast of St. Melania the Younger. St. Melania was a Roman saint, and “Desert Mother” who died in Jerusalem on this day in 439. She is the grandaughter of St. Melania the Elder. Melania married young.  After their children … Read More

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Pres. @realDonaldTrump ‘s Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Saint Thomas Becket

Pres. Trump issued a proclamation for the 850th anniversary of the Martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket.  Note, that in this proclamation, Pres. Trump mentions Card. Zen and the plight of Christians under the Communists.  WhiteHouse.gov Proclamation on 850th Anniversary of … Read More

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The amazing miracle story of St. Juan Diego! And ACTION ITEM! Let’s pray for a miracle, the annihilation of the Wuhan Devil, COVID

Remember… If we do not believe in miracles, we do not ask for them. If we do not ask for them, they will not be granted. We are not alone: the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant are closely knit, … Read More

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ADVENTCAzT 2020 02: “The wonders of creation are a mystical ladder that leads us to God.”

Here is ADVENTCAzT 02, for Monday in the 1st Week of Advent. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf · ADVENTCAzT 2020 02: “The wonders of creation are a mystical ladder that leads us to God.” These 5 minute offerings are a token of … Read More

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St. Gertrude and the Purgatory Prayer

Sometimes I get questions about certain practices or prayers.  Someone might find a slip of paper saying, “Pray this and X will happen.”  Some will ask me about prayers that receive X number of days off of Purgatory. There is … Read More

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

Last year 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 to … Read More

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REVIEW: Beautiful book on the female martyrs of the Roman Canon!

When I was living in Rome, I made a point to visit or, if possible, say Mass at churches or altars in Rome dedicated to all the saints of the Roman Canon.  Every day, since I read the Traditional Latin … Read More

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CQ CQ CQ – 10 October 1982 – anniversary of canonization of Patron Saint of #HamRadio Operators

This comes a little late in the day, but on 10 October in 1982 John Paul II canonized St. Maximilian Kolbe. Paul VI had beatified him as a confessor, but JP2 canonized him as a martyr.  St. Maximilian’s case is … Read More

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29 Sept: St. Michael, Angels, and chapel veils

In these days of The Present Crisis a few bishops took a step towards sanity and asked their people once again to pray the St. Michael Prayer after Mass. I think we should bring the Leonine Prayers back… all of … Read More

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30 August – Feast of St. Margaret Clitherow.

Today is the Feast of the “Pearl of York”, St. Margaret Clitherow, an English martyr, killed horribly by pressing in 1586. She helped priests, which brought the terrible death they inflicted on her on 25 March, “Lady Day” which was … Read More

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Chalice used for target practice by Islamic militants displayed to raise awareness of persecuted Christians

From CNA: Chalice shot by ISIS militants to be displayed in Spanish churches CNA Staff, Aug 28, 2020 / 06:11 pm MT (CNA).- As part of an effort to remember and pray for persecuted Christians, several churches in the Diocese … Read More

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21 August – LIVE VIDEO Traditional Latin Mass – 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5): St. Jane de Chantal, Widow and Foundress

Daily, I live-stream a Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Daylight Time (= GMT/UTC -5 and ROME 1900h). Today: St. Jane de Chantal, Widow, Foundress Prayers Added: For the sick, near to death After Mass: Prayer in time pf pandemic … Read More

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#CQ – 14 Aug -St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr, #HamRadio operator, intercede for the Fishwrap! #SP3RN

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. Today, dear readers, say … Read More

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A great piece about St. Damien of Molokai and a couple thoughts about AOC

Not long ago, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14 – aka AOC), said that a statue in the US Capitol of St. Damien of Molokai, was part of a “white supremecist culture”. What a foolishly ignorant thing to say.    AOC … Read More

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Notes about how the relics of the Old Testament Maccabees martyrs reached Rome

This is an interesting day liturgically. It is the Feast of the Holy Maccabees, Old Testament Martyrs, and it is also the Feast of St. Peter in Chains associated with the Basilica of St. Peter ad vincula in Rome. The … Read More

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6 July – Traditional Latin Mass – St. Maria Goretti, Virgin & Martyr – LIVE VIDEO: 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5)

I will LIVE stream a Traditional Latin Mass at NOON Central Daylight Time (= GMT/UTC -5 and ROME 1900h). Today: St. Mary Goretti, Virgin and Martyr Prayers Added: For the sting of conscience After Mass: Prayer in time of pandemic … Read More

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