Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

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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3 April – “There was an old Bishop of Chichester…”

Today is the Feast of St. Richard of Chichester (+1262), who defended the rights of the Church against the state. I am reminded of a limerick which my old, late pastor, Msgr. Richard Schuler used to cite: There was an … Read More

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25 March: Feast of The Thief “who stole heaven” – St Dismas

Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation. However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas! Fulton Sheen famously quipped of this thief-saint that he “stole heaven”.  A good thief … Read More

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Saints, Miracles & You

I have written before that if we do not ask for miracles, we will not obtain them.  You should daily beg God to give us sudden, complete, and lasting relief from the Wuhan Devil, COVID-1984 and all its accursed ramifications.  … Read More

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20 Feb – Feast of Sts Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima – We need their intercession now more than ever.

Young Jacinta and Francisco, the seers of Fatima were canonized in 2017. They are, I believe, the youngest canonized non-martyr saints on the calendar. “On the calendar…”.  They aren’t on the traditional Roman calendar.  I’ve written about that before.  We … 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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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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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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