Category Archives: Saints

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal – Feast Day – July 8

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal (Santa Isabel de Portugal) Feast Day – July 8   Elizabeth was the daughter of King Peter III of Aragon and of the saintly Constancia. She was born in 1271, and named after the holy landgravine … Continue reading

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St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

April 28th is the the Feast day of that great Saint  St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. His Marian teachings have, to my mind, never been equaled, and if some of our readers, like me, are struggling through the Ninevah … Continue reading

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Chinese pilgrims overwhelmed

Just yesterday in Rome. Listening to what is audible, I didn’t hear any of these Chinese mainland pilgrims thanking the Bishop of Rome for AL. I heard things like the grandfather telling the little boy to kneel down and the … Continue reading

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Philip Jenkins on dissident Catholics

  Professor Philip Jenkins, Welsh-born Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University in the United States, may be quite well known to many for his contributions to research in Christian history and criminology (no pun intended!). Long, long ago in … Continue reading

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The Trial of St. Thomas More: 480 Years ago today.

St. Thomas More was brought to Westminster Hall for trial on July 1, 1535. Those set to try him were: Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor, Sir Richard Leicester, Thomas Duke of Norfolk, Sir John Port, Sir John Fitz-James, Sir John Spelman, Lord … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 5

  And from Thy cross embrace me with arms outstretched to save.  (From the translation by Monsignor R.A. Knox of words attributed to St Bernard) The Epistle of the Mass of Passion Sunday, 5th Sunday of Lent, in the 1962 … Continue reading

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Syria

This is Ranim El-Sheikh. I never met her and did not know her. In late October, men came to the village of Al-Sadad in Syria and murdered 45 people, many of them old, many of them very young and all … Continue reading

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Help of the Hopeless

The Litany of St Jude Thaddeus (For private use) Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us. … Continue reading

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St Luke

Mabuse – St Luke October 18.–ST. LUKE. My first thought, when St Luke is mentioned, is of him as a writer, leaving us the vivid pen-portraits in the gospel that bears his name and Acts. However, tradition has it that … Continue reading

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ST. IGNATIUS, Bishop, Martyr.

Painting of Ignatius of Antioch from the Menologion of Basil II (c. 1000 AD) Whenever I am asked (usually by people entertaining strange, silly ideas that Christianity and the Church are an artefact of Constantine the Great) how I can … Continue reading

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St Teresa of Avila

St Teresa by Bernini A Guest Post, kindly written by William Ockham. Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus. Teresa was a Carmelite nun, writer of the Counter Reformation, and theologian of … Continue reading

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St Wilfrid

St Wilfrid, as seen from the East Today is the feast of one of the greatest English saints, Wilfrid. To say that he lived a full and turbulent life is only the beginning.

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Ss Jean de Brébeuf & Isaac Jogues

From the Catholic Herald: The 32-year-old French Jesuit Jean de Brébeuf travelled to New France in North America in 1625. He worked with the Huron, an Iroquoian tribe famous for their ferocity, with whom the French settlers traded.

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St. Bridget: October 8th

  by David Werling The Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden by an Unknown Italian Miniaturist, c. 1400   St. Bridget Widow I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are equity, and in Thy truth Thou hast humbled me: pierce Thou … Continue reading

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St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us!

Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina, with the gifts of the Spirit. You marked his body with the five wounds of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness to the saving Passion and Death of Your … Continue reading

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