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  • PRAYERS PLEASE: Necrotizing fasciitis eating 6-yr-old boy's face

    02/21/2006 1:15:09 AM PST · by Veto! · 40 replies · 2,650+ views
    KIRO-TV ^ | 2/21/2006 | KIRO-TV
    Bellingham Boy Fighting Flesh-Eating Bacteria SEATTLE, Wash. -- What started as a 'fat lip' from a fall, now has a local 6 year old Jake Finkbonner fighting to survive. The boy has necrotizing faciitis, a bacteria that is attacking his face. His family says the bacteria was consuming him before their eyes. The infection is so aggressive, antibiotics aren't enough. He’s had three surgeries so far to try to save his life. Jake’s father, Donny, (says)......all of us are praying for him, and we’re just in God’s hands.” Jake’s mother, Elsa says, “he didn’t have any facial features that were...
  • Blood of San Gennaro Liquefies -- VIDEO

    09/19/2014 11:22:35 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 362 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | September 18, 2014 | Fr. Zuhlsdorg
    The Blood of Saint Januarius liquefied this year.
  • Saint's remains return to Hawaii permanently

    07/31/2014 9:30:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    msn ^ | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
    St. Marianne Cope's remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony and Mass. In this 1883 file photo provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mother Marianne Cope, a nun who dedicated her life to caring for exiled leprosy patients on Kalaupapa in Hawaii, poses for a photographer.AP Photo: Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, File In this 1883 file photo provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mother Marianne Cope, a nun who dedicated her life to...
  • I'm Gay, but I'm Not Switching to a Church That Supports Gay Marriage

    06/18/2014 12:16:25 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 276 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 30, 2013 | Eve Tushnet
    When I became Catholic in 1998, as a college sophomore, I didn't know any other gay Christians. I'd been raised in a kind of pointillist Reform Judaism... This sheltered upbringing may help explain my sunny undergraduate confidence that even though I knew of literally nobody else who had ever tried to be both unashamedly gay and obediently Catholic, I was totally going to do it. No problem, guys, I got this. [snip] [M]any Christian churches are beginning to integrate gay marriage into their theology... With so many more options for gay Christians, why [not] just de-pope myself? It's that I...
  • St. John Paul II, patron of sweet tooths?: Saint remembered for his love of kremówka

    04/28/2014 12:49:14 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/28/14 | Maria Wiering
    There’s a story about St. John Paul II that describes a love from his childhood, when he was simply Karol Wojtyla. That love was cream cake. It’s well-known in his native Poland that the future pontiff and saint had an affection for the cream-filled pastry. Now Baltimoreans are getting their own taste, thanks to parishioners of Holy Rosary in Fells Point. The traditionally Polish parish sold the cream cake, made with a secret recipe, along with pirogues on April 26 and 27 to commemorate the April 27 canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII in Vatican City....
  • Catholics tell writer to "Go to Hell" for criticizing rushed pope canonization

    04/25/2014 4:17:48 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 25, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    At least seven people wrote Decker and told him to “go to hell.” For instance, MariaTM supportively promised, “I will pray for your burning soul.” And Amanda kept things real simple: “Go to hell lowlife.” One simple text just said: “hater.” Someone calling himself or herself SSPVArchangel asked, “When did the other 2 ‘popes’ die and who made Decker Supreme Pontiff??” On FreeRepublic.com there was KarlFromOhio who cleverly wrote, “Since John Paul II eliminated the Devil’s Advocate position in the canonization procedure, I guess USA Today has decided to take the position on a pro bono basis.”
  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    04/19/2014 3:27:33 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2014 | JAVIER CORDOBA
    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest...
  • Japanese samurai on the path to sainthood

    01/15/2014 7:34:16 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | January 15, 2014
    During his most recent catechesis on Baptism, Pope Francis referenced the Japanese Catholics under persecution in the 17th Century. POPE FRANCIS "There were no priests left in Japan: they were all expelled. So then, the community went underground, keeping their faith and prayers hidden.” One of the Japanese Catholics that suffered most from outlawing Christianity was Ukon Takayama, the samurai of Christ. The Japanese Episcopal Conference has presented all the necessary documents to open the cause for his beatification. MSGR. JOSEPH MITSUAKI TAKAMI Bishop of Nagasaki (Japan) "He was a great witness to the Christian faith during this period...
  • Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t a Saint? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 16th Sunday of the Year

    07/17/2011 2:23:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 16, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We live in difficult times for the Church, and from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal, there are also deep concerns regarding the uncertain trumpet of Catholic preaching, lukewarm and nominal Catholics, an overall lack of discipline among Catholics, and a lack of disciplining by the bishops and clergy of Catholics, clergy and lay, who cause scandal. In a way, the list is quite long and has been well discussed on this blog, which is, overall sympathetic to the need for reform, and greater zeal in the Church.But today’s Gospel...
  • You Must Faithful Over a Few Things to Be Ruler Over Many Things...

    09/18/2010 7:57:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/18/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The Lord Jesus give a penetrating analysis of the state of the sinner and some very sobering advice to we would-be saints in today’s Gospel. Let’s look at the Gospel in two stages: The Analysis of the Sinner and the Advice to the Saints.I. ANALYSIS OF THE SINNER -  The Lord Jesus describes a sinful steward in the opening lines of this gospel. Let’s look at the description: A. DEFINITION (of the sinner)- Jesus said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward  – Notice he is called a steward not an owner. God is the owner of everything,...
  • In Times Like These, Reform is Still Possible. A Meditation on the Life of St. Charles Borromeo

    01/11/2014 6:50:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    Msgr. Charles Pope ^ | 11.04.12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is perhaps a tendency for some of us today to feel discouraged over the state of the world, and the Church. It may surprise us, that there have been times in the Church and in Western culture when things were possibly worse. The exact mix of troubles may have been different, but troubles, deep troubles they still were.I have spent some of today, Sunday, November 4, meditating on the life of my patron saint, St. Charles Borromeo. Today is his feast day, and thus mine as well. And the times in which he lived were not so different from...
  • A remedy for Pride based on something Jesus told St. Catherine of Siena

    09/02/2013 1:39:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 1, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We live in times collectively marked by pride. And, while pride is a problem of the human condition that has beset us from the very beginnings of paradise lost, our modern age, with the rise of atheism, rejection of God, scorn for the metaphysical, and a hyper-emphasis of the “autonomous” self, pride has taken an even more prominent place.Largely absent from the modern psyche is any deep notion that we are contingent beings, radically dependent on things, people and factors outside our “autonomous” self. Even before we bring God into the discussion, we seem less aware today that our existence...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-07-13, M, St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

    12/06/2013 8:38:14 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-07-13 | Revised New American Bible
    December 7, 2013Memorial of Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church    Reading 1 Is 30:19-21, 23-26 Thus says the Lord GOD,the Holy One of Israel:O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem,no more will you weep;He will be gracious to you when you cry out,as soon as he hears he will answer you.The Lord will give you the bread you needand the water for which you thirst.No longer will your Teacher hide himself,but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:“This is the way; walk in it,”when...
  • St. Barbara, Virgin and Martyr (Catholic & Orthodox Caucus)

    12/04/2013 5:19:02 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies
    Although, in the Roman liturgy, St. Barbara is merely commemorated in the Office of St. Peter Chrysologus, yet the Church has approved an entire Office for the use of those Churches which honour the memory of this illustrious virgin in a special manner. The legend which follows, although of considerable weight, has not, consequently, the authority of those which are promulgated for the use of the whole Church, in the Roman breviary. Let us not, on this account, be less fervent in honouring this glorious marytr, so celebrated in the east, and whose feast has been for so many ages...
  • Luxembourg's hopping heritage

    09/04/2013 3:11:03 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 9-3-13 | Nina Lamparski
    Luxembourg is one of Europe's smallest countries, bordered by two of its largest - Germany and France. This may be one reason why its national character is, for many people, hard to pin down. Could a peculiar religious dance hold a clue? Despite centuries of foreign domination, wars and disease, Luxembourgers have never stopped hopping - a bouncy dance to the tune of a polka, in honour of their British patron saint. For a religious ceremony, it's a surprisingly joyful occasion. It has also been a gesture of defiance to all those, often foreigners, who have tried to put a...
  • Beacons of Light: Louis and Zelie Martin (Therese of Lisieux's mom and dad to be canonized)

    07/14/2013 3:55:29 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Into the West ^ | July 13, 2013 | Philip Kosloski
    Louis and Zelie Martin On May 21st the tribunal in Valencia completed a pivotal stage in the process of canonization for Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin. This couple, the parents of the “greatest Saint of modern times” Therese of Lisieux,[Therese of Lisieux link] needs one more miracle to confirm their union with their daughter in the company of canonized Saints. That miracle appears to have already taken place. A baby girl, doomed to die on account of numerous maladies, was miraculously healed through their intercession in 2008 in Valencia. Inspired and assisted by local Carmelite nuns, the parents of little...
  • Vatican Panel Clears John Paul II For Sainthood

    07/02/2013 3:22:03 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    AP ^ | July 2, 2013 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis and a date for the ceremony that could come as soon as Dec. 8, a Vatican official and news reports said Tuesday.
  • St. Anthony, Finder of the Lost (It wasn’t lost articles, but lost souls)[Ecumenical]

    06/13/2013 6:56:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    WAU.org ^ | 06-13 | Jeanne Kun
    St. Anthony, Finder of the Lost It wasn’t lost articles that he sought, but lost souls. By: Jeanne Kun Stories abound about the extraordinary events coloring the life of St. Anthony of Padua, the “wonder-worker.” Fish are said to have listened to him preach, their heads attentively raised out of the river, when the hard of heart refused to heed his words. A donkey knelt reverently before the Blessed Sacrament, convincing heretics who had challenged Anthony on Christ’s presence in the host. A severed foot was reportedly rejoined to its owner’s leg when Anthony blessed it. Statues depicting Anthony...
  • St. Maximillan Kolbe ~ pray for us, on this your feast day August 14th ~

    08/14/2012 7:52:32 AM PDT · by stpio · 6 replies
    I learned at Mass today, Father in his homily said Nagasaki was the historical center for Catholicism in Japan. I did know St. Maximillian Kolbe's monastery at Nagasaki was not destroyed by the A-Bomb~!! Here's a short Youtube on St. Maximillian Kolbe.
  • In new ad, Bills likens underdog Senate bid to Wellstone's

    08/10/2012 7:29:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-10-12 | staff
    Kurt Bills' campaign released an online ad Monday, July 30, that mimics nearly shot for shot the landmark 1990 campaign ad entitled "Fast Paced Paul." That offbeat ad introduced Wellstone, then a virtually unknown college professor, to Minnesota voters. Initially seen as a sure loser, Wellstone upset incumbent Republican Rudy Boschwitz that year. Bills -- a high school economics teacher also largely unknown to state voters -- is encouraging a comparison as he challenges the popular and well-funded Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar. The version from Bills, "Quick Kurt," can only be viewed online.
  • The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic [Catholic Caucus]

    08/07/2012 10:06:01 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Fisheaters.com ^ | not given | Fisheaters.com
    The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic About the Nine Ways of PrayerThe following was written by an anonymous Bolognese author, sometime between A.D. 1260 and A.D. 1288, whose source of information was, among other followers of St. Dominic, Sister Cecilia of Bologna's Monastery of St. Agnes. Sister Cecilia had been given the habit by St. Dominic himself. "The Nine Ways of Prayer" has been sometimes printed as a supplement to "The Life of St. Dominic" by Theodoric of Apoldia, though they aren't an actual part of that work. The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic Holy teachers...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 07-25-12, Feast. St. James, Apostle

    07/24/2012 7:49:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 40 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 07-25-12 | Revised New American Bible
    July 25, 2012   Feast of Saint James, apostle   Reading 1 2 Cor 4:7-15 Brothers and sisters:We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained;perplexed, but not driven to despair;persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed;always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.For we who live are constantly being given up to deathfor the sake of Jesus,so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our...
  • RONALD REAGAN: Proud to Be Irish!

    03/16/2012 1:26:32 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 16, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    As House Speaker for most of Ronald Reagan's two presidential terms, ultra-liberal spendaholic Tip O'Neill was one of the fiercest opponents of the entire Reagan agenda, fighting it tooth-and-nail for six years. He called Reagan a "cheerleader for selfishness" and even went so far as to personally attack the Gipper as 'most ignorant man that has ever inhabited the White House'. Not one to be easily outwitted -but showing considerably more class and good humor- Reagan observed parallels between bloated blowhard O'Neill and the 1980's Pac-Man video game, both being  'a round thing that gobbles up money'. Yet despite the professional animosity, the...
  • Saint Warren’s dark side

    01/31/2012 8:45:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/31/12 | Charles Gasparino
    Imagine a Republican president regularly invoking the wisdom of a multibillionaire businessman who had profited off companies with questionable business practices, and who law-enforcement officials had recently asked to provide information about his own company’s questionable practices. No question about it: Democrats and the media would be having a field day. So why do we hear so little about the dark side of Warren Buffett? True, the double standard involving Buffett’s business record is longstanding. But now President Obama is using him as a central prop in his class-warfare strategy for winning a second term. Getting a free pass from...
  • Two American Catholic Women to be Canonized as Saints this Year {Ecumenical}

    01/03/2012 7:19:44 AM PST · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | 2 Jan 2012 | Catholic.com
    Two American religious figures - one a native American, the other the director of a hospital are expected to be canonized as saints later this year. The Blessed Kateri Tekawitha and Blessed Mother Marianne Cope have had miracles associated with their intercession. Both were renowned for their life's work in rural New York. Mohawk Indian Kateri Tekawitha spent most of her life in the region during the 17th century. Two hundred years later, the Blessed Mother Marianne Cope began a religious life that focused on providing medical care Pope Benedict XVI certified miracles attributed to the two women last month,...
  • Ben Stein: Cain isn't running for pope (See Video)

    12/02/2011 7:26:49 AM PST · by yorkie · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 2, 2011
    Author, lawyer and former game show host Ben Stein says politics are getting a little too personal, and believes candidates should not be judged by their "gossipy love life." Appearing on CBS' "The Early Show," Stein said the coverage of GOP president contender Herman Cain and allegations of extramarital affairs was getting to be too much.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-22-11. Memorial, St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

    11/21/2011 7:24:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 11-22-11 | New American Bible
    November 22, 2011 Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr   Reading 1 Dn 2:31-45 Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar:"In your vision, O king, you saw a statue,very large and exceedingly bright,terrifying in appearance as it stood before you.The head of the statue was pure gold,its chest and arms were silver,its belly and thighs bronze, the legs iron,its feet partly iron and partly tile.While you looked at the statue,a stone which was hewn from a mountainwithout a hand being put to it,struck its iron and tile feet, breaking them in pieces.The iron, tile, bronze, silver, and gold all crumbled at once,fine...
  • Remains found on building site (Bicester UK) believed to be those of patron saint

    08/14/2011 8:44:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Bicester Advertiser ^ | August 12, 2011 | Sam McGregor
    The Chapel Street excavation site where the remains of St Edburg may have been found ARCHAEOLOGISTS believe they may have found the remains of Bicester’s patron saint, St Edburg, underneath a former block of flats. The team believe it could be the first time in the country the bones of a saint have been found. It could take up to a year to confirm the date of the bones using specialist carbon dating technology. Archaeologists discovered the entire north transept of the Priory Church, which is believed to stretch to Old Place Yard, Priory Road and Chapel Street. They are...
  • Become A “Battle Saint” (bracelets showing up on patriotic wrists everywhere)

    05/29/2011 6:07:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 2+ views
    CBS Local ^ | 5/12/11
    Become A “Battle Saint”May 12, 2011 5:03 PM **SNIP** The idea is the brainchild of Cynthia Lemay who wanted to honor the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. The bracelet sells for $5 and is made of wood with pictures of saints on it. “Wherever I go, people ask me about the bracelet, the story behind it, how we came up with the idea. And people who wear them just feel like it gives them a sense of protection,” Lemay told WWJ’s Marie Osborne. Lemay said she got the idea for the bracelet while chatting with young...
  • EWTN Cinema - Saturday, May 7, 2011 - Thérčse (St. Luke Productions)

    05/07/2011 2:11:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    EWTN ^ | May 7, 2011
    ThérčseSat. May 7 at 8 PM ET The mesmerizing story of a young girl's romance with God. Her faith and sacrifices reveal a way of life based on love and simplicity. A contemplative film based on the true story of Saint Thérčse of Lisieux, the most popular saint of modern times. Thérčse - Behind The ScenesSat. May 7 at 9:40 PM ET First, watch the movie “Therese” at 8 PM ET, Saturday, May 7 and then stay tuned for this behind-the-scenes look at the telling of the story of St. Thérčse, one of the most beloved saints of our...
  • John Paul Beatification Confirms Gun Saint Society Program

    05/02/2011 6:39:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    expertclick.com ^ | 1 May, 2011 | John M. Snyder
    Arlington, VA Sunday, May 01, 2011 "The St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. rejoices at the beatification in Rome on Sunday of Pope John Paul II," Society chairman John M. Snyder said today. "The late Pope's writings display an appreciation of the right of self-defense so exemplified by St. Gabriel Possenti," Snyder added. St. Gabriel Possenti used handguns in self-defense when he rescued the villagers of Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy in 1860 from a band of terrorists. Demonstrating his excellent handgun marksmanship, he shot a lizard running across the road. Then, without harming anyone, he drove the terrorists out of...
  • Make Him A Saint

    04/29/2011 5:48:44 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/29/2011 | Peggy Noonan
    One of the greatest moments in the history of faith was also one of the greatest moments in modern political history. It happened in June 1979. Just eight months before, after dusk on Oct. 16, 1978, a cardinal had stepped out onto the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica to say those towering, august words, "Habemus papem"—"We have a pope." The cardinal pronounced the new pontiff's name in Latin. Not everyone understood or could hear him, and the name sounded odd. For 456 years the church had been electing Italian popes. This didn't sound Italian. The crowd was perplexed. Then the...
  • The Miraculous Beauty of St. Bernadette

    04/22/2011 8:11:14 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 17 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 22, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Dead for 122 years now... simply astonishing Our Lady of Lourdes CathedralLourdes, France Do keep in mind that the poor sisters of those days -along with most everybody else- were simply buried in a pine box, and not professionally embalmed as is prevalent in civilized countries today- These photos show the "incorruptible" Saint Bernadette's body on display in Lourdes, France a full 122 years past her death... it's level of preservation a miracle in itself. In this Holy woman's lifetime, Bernadette's eighteen separate visions of Mary at Lourdes -each recognized officially as a Marian apparation by The Vatican- propelled the young Maria-Bernada Sobirós towards...
  • Ronald Reagan: PROUD to Be Irish!

    03/17/2011 5:54:57 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 19 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | March 17, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    As House Speaker for most of Ronald Reagan's two presidential terms, bombastic liberal spendaholic Tip O'Neill was one of the fiercest opponents of the entire Reagan agenda, fighting it tooth-and-nail for six years. He called Reagan a "cheerleader for selfishness" and even went so far as to personally attack him as "most ignorant man that has ever inhabited the White House". Not one to be easily outwitted -but showing considerably more class and good humor- Reagan observed parallels between Yeltsin-esque Speaker O'Neill and the Pac-Man video game, as  "a round thing that gobbles up money". Yet despite the professional animosity, Ronald Reagan often...
  • St. André Bessette [his *first* feast day...hooray!]

    01/05/2011 6:48:12 AM PST · by mlizzy · 9 replies
    Brother André expressed a saint’s faith by a lifelong devotion to St. Joseph. Sickness and weakness dogged André from birth. He was the eighth of 12 children born to a French Canadian couple near Montreal. Adopted at 12, when both parents had died, he became a farmhand. Various trades followed: shoemaker, baker, blacksmith—all failures. He was a factory worker in the United States during the boom times of the Civil War. At 25, he applied for entrance into the Congregation of the Holy Cross. After a year’s novitiate, he was not admitted because of his weak health. But with an...
  • The Conversion of Elizabeth Ann Seton: First American-born Saint

    01/03/2011 11:31:07 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | 2001 | FATHER CHARLES P. CONNOR
    The Conversion of Elizabeth Ann Seton: First American-born SaintFATHER CHARLES P. CONNORIn Elizabeth Ann Seton, we have a saint for our times. In Elizabeth Ann Seton, we have a woman of faith, for a time of doubt and uncertainty . . . a woman of love for a time of coldness and division . . . a woman of hope for a time of crisis and discouragement. Elizabeth Bayley Seton, the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized a saint, was of English ancestry and grew up in a family that had settled in colonial New York....
  • ST. MARTIN OF TOURS

    11/10/2010 10:15:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CNA.com ^ | 11-11-10 | CNA.com
    ST. MARTIN OF TOURS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010      St. Martin of Tours was born at Sabaria (today Steinamanger in German, or Szombathely in Hungarian), Hungary around the year 316. In his early years, when his father, a military tribune, was transferred to Pavia in Italy, Martin accompanied him. When he reached adolescence he was, in accordance with the recruiting laws, enrolled in the Roman army. From the first, he was attracted towards Christianity, which had been in favor in the camps since the conversion of Emperor Constantine. His regiment was soon sent to Amiens in Gaul which became...
  • MacKillop banished after uncovering sex abuse

    09/25/2010 12:11:42 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Mary MacKillop, the nun who will soon be Australia's first saint, was excommunicated by the Catholic Church because she discovered children were being abused by a priest and went public, the ABC's Compass program can reveal. In 1871, after only four years as a nun, she was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church and turned out onto the street with no money and nowhere to go. MacKillop's cause for sainthood began in 1925 and has had the tireless backing of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the order she founded. On October 17, MacKillop's canonisation by Pope...
  • A Curious Saint (St Julian of Norwich) [Meditation/Devotional]

    08/11/2010 1:52:46 PM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 10 Aug 10 | Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
    ...Consider this statement of her desires in A.D. 1373: "I wanted to have every kind of pain, bodily and spiritual, which I should have if I died, every fear and temptation from devils, and every other kind of pain except the departure of the spirit." Reading a line like this, I can't help think that if Julian were a member of my church, I would encourage her to see a counselor. "For contemporary readers," Frykholm notes, "Julian's declaration that at a young age she 'desired a bodily sickness' coupled with her depictions of Christ bleeding on the cross are off-putting...
  • Multibillion Dollar Supermarket Chains Secretly Finance Anti-Walmart Astroturf

    06/12/2010 11:44:50 AM PDT · by Bob Hyneman · 18 replies · 854+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 7, 2010 | By ANN ZIMMERMAN
    . . .Mr. Saint, a former newspaper reporter and political press secretary, founded his firm 26 years ago. It specializes in using political-campaign tactics—petition drives, phone banks, websites—to build support for or against controversial projects, from oil refineries and shopping centers to quarries and landfills. Over the years, it has conducted about 1,500 campaigns in 44 states. Mr. Saint says about 500 have involved trying to block a development, and most of those have been clandestine. For the typical anti-Wal-Mart assignment, a Saint manager will drop into town using an assumed name to create or take control of local opposition,...
  • Shrine to 'Drug Saint' Jesus Malverde Erected in Mexico City

    05/16/2010 6:32:18 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies · 357+ views
    <p>A family has built what could be the first public shrine in Mexico City to Jesus Malverde, Mexico's so-called "narco-saint" revered by many of the nation's drug traffickers.</p> <p>Malverde, whose original shrine is located in the city of Culiacan in northern Sinaloa state — considered the cradle of Mexico's top drug clans — is a controversial figure.</p>
  • Obtuse Rangel: Charlie seems to have forgotten his Sunday school lessons (SAINT Judas?)

    04/08/2010 7:35:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 694+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 4/03/10
    Obtuse Rangel: Charlie seems to have forgotten his Sunday school lessonsSaturday, April 3rd 2010, 4:00 AM These are rough days for Rep. Charlie Rangel. He talks and some amazing things burst forth from his mouth. None of them more astonishing and hilarious than his great big oopsie Friday. There he was on Holy Thursday, the eve of the most solemn day of the Christian calendar, the day that marks the crucifixion of Christ after history's most notorious betrayal, that of Judas Iscariot. At a political rally, union big Chris Shelton branded Rep. Mike McMahon of Staten Island a "Judas" for...
  • Patriarch beatifies nun in Nazareth

    12/20/2009 12:27:23 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 272+ views
    Catholic Herald ^ | 27 November 2009 | By Judith Sudilovsky in Nazareth, Israel
    A Palestinian nun could serve as an inspiration for Christians who remain in the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem said during her beatification. The beatification on Sunday "breathes upon us a new spirit, renews our Church and invites us to the happy hope that we ourselves, too, can be saints like her", said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal about Blessed Soultaneh Maria Ghattas, founder of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary of Jerusalem. "What the Church needs most is the witness of saints," he added in his homily. "Holiness is the sign of the Church's credibility." Patriarch Twal...
  • Mary, Mother of Jesus or Saint

    12/07/2009 5:33:55 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 15 replies · 647+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 12/07/2009 | Chrissy Sigee
    The New Testament begins its account of Mary's life with the visit of Gabriel the angel who was sent by God as His messenger. The Lord God had selected Mary to be mother of Jesus. The Bible records Mary's role in key events of the life of Jesus from his virgin birth to his crucifixion.
  • Le Curé d'Ars - Photographs taken shortly after his death

    11/20/2009 8:12:51 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 804+ views
    idlespeculations-terryprest.blogspot.com ^ | November 13, 2009 | Posted by terry
    Friday, November 13, 2009 Le Curé d'Ars Camille Dolard (1818- ?) Le Curé d'Ars sur son lit de mort (saint Jean-Marie Vianney, 1786-1859) Also entitled: Le Curé d'Ars, décédé le 4 août 1859, photographié d'après nature Taken 1859 pos. montées sur carton : papier albuminé : d'après nég. sur verre au collodion Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris Saint Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney died on 4 August 1859 By 1855, the number of pilgrims who came to see him had reached twenty thousand a year. Vianney yearned for the contemplative life of a monk, and four times ran away from Ars, the last...
  • Upcoming movie about St. Josemaria Escriva focuses on love, forgiveness and redemption

    10/31/2009 1:41:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 296+ views
    cna ^ | October 31, 2009
    Madrid, Spain, Oct 31, 2009 / 08:20 am (CNA).- Award-winning director Roland Joffé discussed his upcoming film “There Be Dragons” in a Thursday press conference. The film, set during the brutal Spanish Civil War and based on the life of St. Josemaria Escriva, can teach about love and forgiveness between families and enemies, Joffé said. The film begins with a young journalist, estranged from his military father Manolo, who conducts research on the life of Opus Dei founder and priest St. Josemaria Escriva. He discovers his father was a childhood friend of the future saint, and also uncovers family secrets.The...
  • Tens of thousands expected to venerate St. Therese relics at Westminster Cathedral [Catholic Caucus]

    10/14/2009 5:46:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 433+ views
    cna ^ | October 13, 2009
    Pilgrims venerate the relics of St. Therese in Aylesford, England. Credit: Catholicrelics.co.uk London, England, Oct 13, 2009 / 09:19 pm (CNA).- As many as 100,000 pilgrims are expected to visit Westminster Cathedral to view and venerate the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux during their month-long tour of England and Wales.Agence France Presse reports that the cathedral has ordered 100,000 candles and 50,000 pink roses to meet the demand. The cathedral expects 2,000 pilgrims every hour until Thursday.St. Therese became a Carmelite nun at the age of 15 and died in 1897 at the age of 24. Known as...
  • Saint Faustina, a Doctor of the Church? [Catholic Caucus]

    10/05/2009 8:43:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 626+ views
    Saint Faustina's Diary includes a series of personal revelations she received from Jesus Christ in the 1930s. Many believe St. Faustina will eventually join the ranks of the great post-apostolic teachers Can you guess the following saint? The author, Fr. Steven Payne, OCD, wrote about this obscure and humble nun in 2002. He describes her "limited education," saying she "never wrote a treatise or published an article," and what she did write displayed an "imperfect literary style." Yet, he writes, no one would have guessed that she "would soon take the world by storm and go on to become the...
  • The Little-Known St. Thérčse (Catholic Caucus)

    10/01/2009 2:26:13 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies · 560+ views
    American TFP ^ | 10/01/2009 | Luis C. Azevedo
    On October 1, 2009, the liturgy of the Church celebrates the memory of Saint Thérčse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, "the greatest saint of modern times," in the words of Pope Saint Pius X. The charm of her "Little Way," with all its sweetness and mercy, admirably harmonizes with the traits of a genuine warrior, "I would die in a battlefield, arms in hand," she once stated. Her soul had infinite aspirations: she wanted to be a warrior, priest, apostle, doctor of the Church and martyr; she felt the courage of a crusader, of a Papal...
  • Saint Thecla, Protomartyr for Women (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    09/23/2009 8:48:10 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies · 900+ views
    Dignare Me Laudare Te, Virgo Sacrata ^ | 19th century | Dom Prosper Guéranger
    Maronite image of Saint Thecla, taken from Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church (The following is excerpted from the 23 September entry in Volume XIV of the 1983 Marian House edition of the English translation of Dom Prosper Guéranger's 'The Liturgical Year' by the Benedictines of Stanbrook.) "While honouring the first successor of St. Peter [St. Linus], Rome commemorates the protomartyr of the female sex. Together with holy Church, then, let us unite in the concert of praise unanimously lavished upon [Saint] Thecla by the fathers of east and west. When the martyr pontiff Methodius [Saint Methodius of Olympus]...