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Why I Love You, O Mary ! — Saint Thérèse of Lisieux PAYING ATTENTION TO THE SKY - April 1, 2014 ... desire to be a saint. She was born into a pious and loving Catholic family. She remembers the idyll of her early childhood, spending time with her parents and 5 sisters in the un spoilt French countryside. However this early childhood idyll was broken by the early death of her Mother (from breast cancer). Aged only 4 years old, she felt the pain of separation and instinctively turned to the Virgin Mary for comfort and reassurance. The next couple of years of St Therese's' life ...http://payingattentiontothesky.com/2014/04/02/why-i-love-you-o-mary-saint-therese-of-lisieux/

St. Margaret Clitherow CATHOLIC FIRE - March 25, 2014 The saint of the day for March 26th is St. Margaret Clitherow, patron of businesswomen, converts, and martyrs. Margaret was born in Middleton, England, in 1555, of protestant parents. An attractive woman full of wit and cheer, she had a charming personality. In 1571, she married John Clitherow, a well-to-do butcher (to whom she bore two children). She was a good housewife, capable in business, dearly loved by her husband, whose only regret was that she would not attend ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/03/st-margaret-clitherow.html

Saint Talk:St. Patrick, Bishop and Apostle of Ireland JOE CATHOLIC - March 17, 2014 St. Patrick Today the Church celebrates the feast day of one of the most popular saints. He was enslaved as a teenager by pagan barbarians who took him to Ireland. While in captivity he turned to God. At about the age of 20, he escaped went back home and began study for the priesthood. He then preached throughout Ireland converting many souls to Christ. Patronage He is patron of Ireland, against snakes (and their bites), barbers and engineers. He is also ...http://www.thejoecatholic.org/2014/03/saint-talk-st-patrick-bishop-and.html

The Station of the Twelve Apostles SERVANT AND STEWARD - March 14, 2014 ... in 1564,Michelangelo's body was brought to this church and vested in the habit of Saint Francis of Assisi (the famed artist was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis), but his brother afterwards took his body to Florence. Santi Apostoli is also famous because it was in this church that the exiled King of England and Prince of Wales, James III Stuart, the "Old Pretender," prayed each day until his death in 1766. He was laid in state here before being buried in St. Peter's. His throne was ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/JMmBTlYJ3vM/the-station-of-twelve-apostles.html

Giving Up Vatican II for Lent? ST. JOSEPH'S VANGUARD - March 4, 2014 ... Their prayers can only effect their own conversions, but no one else's as they are not in the Mystical Body. "I will not pray with your your prayer, nor will you pray mine. Nor will I say "Amen" to your prayer, nor will you say "Amen" to mine." — St. Margaret Clitherow before her martyrdom, reaffirming that she will remain truly and fully CATHOLIC rather that save her life and lose her soul. I responded that I believe the Church teaches ...http://www.devinrose.heroicvirtuecreations.com/blog/2014/03/04/giving-up-vatican-ii-for-lent/

Remembering Bill Buckley CRISIS MAGAZINE - February 27, 2014 ... resisted such strictures upon his country, especially since they tended to impugn the institutional integrity of the Republic itself, which he deeply loved. And certainly he and his magazine, National Review, were busy enough already battling the enemies of America on the hard left. Finding them on the right, particularly from Roman Catholics of ultramontane persuasion, must have hugely disconcerted him. Well I'm sure we talked about all that over lunch, plus whatever else was on the mind of a ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/BxD6kEAUBZc/remembering-bill-buckley-november-24-1925-february-27-2008

Praying With the Martyrs and the Saints CATHOLICWIDEWEB'S BLOG - February 26, 2014 Fr. Dennis Brown posted this on facebook today: Rediscovering the Martyrology – February 25, 2014 " More Christians died for the faith in the 20th-century than in the previous 19 centuries of Christian history combined." – and now "a global war on Christian believers." The Catholic Chu…rch began compiling "martyrologies"—lists of saints, typically martyrs—during the […]http://catholicwideweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/praying-with-the-martyrs-and-the-saints/

St. Valentine's Romantic Connections... Or Not... SOUTHERN FRIED CATHOLICISM - February 14, 2014 ... both the same name and the same feast day as his better-known predecessor. All that we know for sure about the man named Valentinus (i.e. Valentine) is that he was buried along the Via Flaminia (an ancient Roman road which led from the city to the Adriatic Sea) on February 14th. We're not even positive about the year, but it was likely during the third century. His tomb became a center of devotional activities for early Christians in Rome, so it seems likely that he was remembered for being ...http://www.southernfriedcatholicism.com/2012/02/happy-obscure-saints-day.html

"It Is the Spirit, Intransigent and Without Compromise, of the Saints Which Today Is Dramatically Absent. " SAINT LOUIS CATHOLIC - February 14, 2014 ... embracing its dead body. That pretty much sums up real pastoral action. And without giving myself any airs, this is what I hope to do with this blog, when it is at its best. ____________________________ Motus in fine velocior by Roberto de Mattei [Feb. 12. 2014] February 11, 2013, is a date which has entered history. It was on that day that Benedict XVI communicated to an assembly of astonished cardinals his decision to renounce the pontificate. The announcement was received "like lightning in ...http://stlouiscatholic.blogspot.com/2014/02/is-spirit-intransigent-and-without.html

A Bad Day for Catholic Journalism THAT THE BONES YOU HAVE CRUSHED MAY THRILL - February 10, 2014 ... Catholic issues and perfectly able to work her way around a Catechism, can write such terrible words about more or less rejecting Church teaching because she wouldn't be seen dead sharing a fundamental principle with Vladimir Putin, then what does that tell us about the state of the Church? This lady has written some stirring pieces on abortion and other life issues, but suddenly, in public, she has caved in to the trendy views of her colleagues and associates. Unfortunately, ...http://thatthebonesyouhavecrushedmaythrill.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-bad-day-for-catholic-journalism.html

Sainthood Causes of Over 100 Martyrs Advanced by Pope CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 7, 2014 The Pope has approved the advancement of the causes for canonization of over one hundred lay Catholics persecuted for their faith, as well as a bishop, a religious sister, and two priests. In a decree on Feb. 7, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate the causes of these Catholics in the various stages of the canonization process. Layman Paul Yun Ji-chung, along with 123 others who lived in ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2014/02/sainthood-causes-of-over-100-martyrs.html

St. Paul Miki and Companions CATHOLIC FIRE - February 6, 2014 The saints of the day for February 6 are St. Paul Miki and companions. These twenty-six martyrs are sometimes called the martyrs of Nagasaki and the martyrs of Japan. St. Francis Xavier brought the Good News of Christianity to Japan in 1549. Many received the Word and were baptized by St. Francis himself. Although Francis moved on and eventually died near the shores of China, the faith had grown in Japan. ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/02/st-paul-miki-and-companions.html

Feburary 6, Saint Paul Miki and Companion Martyrs IS MY PHYLACTERY SHOWING? - February 6, 2014 ... believe in and follow the teachings of Christ and His Church. In the first reading, Paul says that our crucifixion with Christ means that we have died to self and are risen in Him. The life in us is not our own. And of course, Paul notes elsewhere that we die and rise with him in the baptism. Our risen Lord Jesus, in the reading from Matthew, places on the remaining 11 apostles the obligation to go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to ...http://theocoid.blogspot.com/2014/02/feburary-6-saint-paul-miki-and.html

Feast of St. Agatha! ARE WE THERE YET? - February 5, 2014 ... she was a Catholic, but also because he wanted her to marry him. Agatha would never marry him because she was dedicated to Christ. "O Jesus Christ" she cried as she set off on the journey to the prison, " All that I am is Thine; preserve me from this tyrant". And Our Lord did preserve her. Even though Agatha was in the care of an evil person, she stayed pure and good while in prison. God gave her strength to stay firm and not fall into temptation when Quintanus offered her ...http://arewethereyet-davisfarmmom.blogspot.com/2014/02/feast-of-st-agatha.html

There Is No Such Thing As 'Early Christianity' LINEN ON THE HEDGEROW - January 23, 2014 It seems that even some well educated people believe that the Catholic Faith is just one other denomination, lined up alongside Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists and so on. St Peter, not an 'Early Christian' but an 'Early Catholic' Pope and martyr They trot out the term 'Early Christians' whether speaking of those who died in the arenas of the Roman Empire or those saints and ...http://linenonthehedgerow.blogspot.com/2014/01/there-is-no-such-thing-as-early.html

Ss. Fabian & Sebastian, Martyrs ATONEMENTONLINE - January 20, 2014 January 20th is the commemoration of two great 3rd century martyrs – one a pope, and one a soldier. St. Fabian was simple farmer but was an extraordinary person, who took his Catholic faith very seriously. One day he came into the city of Rome from the countryside, but this wasn't just any day – it happened to be the day when a new pope was being chosen. Who knows? Perhaps Fabian had come to ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2014/01/ss-fabian-sebastian-martyrs.html

The Holy Innocents, the Necessity of Baptism, and the Nature of Martyrdom PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - January 5, 2014 S omeone recently sent me a very interesting question regarding today's feast day, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs. It reads: How should we understand the necessity of baptism in light of the Feast of the Holy Innocents, by which it is celebrated the entrance of many children into heaven without this sacrament? At first, the answer seems simple: the Church considers these children to be martyrs and so their "baptism of blood" is ...http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2012/01/holy-innocents-and-necessity-of-baptism.html

Edward Gorey and the Holy Innocents. THE CITY AND THE WORLD - January 3, 2014 ... Innocents is celebrated on the Roman Catholic calendar on December 28th, following St. Stephen (December 26th) and St. John the Evangelist (December 27th). The Byzantine churches commemorate the Holy Innocents on December 29th and traditionally give the number of the children killed by Herod as fourteen thousand, though we have no way of knowing how many there actually were. St. Stephen enjoys the title of "Protomartyr," but in a real sense the Holy Innocents were the first ...http://jesuitjoe.blogspot.com/2014/01/edward-gorey-and-holy-innocents.html

We Remember Today the Holy Innocents, First Martyrs VIVIFICAT! - December 28, 2013 The Holy Innocents : that's the name traditional Catholic piety uses to refer to the children, 2 years and under, that Herod killed in Bethlehem, hoping by this to also kill the Christ Child. Eastern iconography portrays the event as "Rachel Weeping for Her Children," a reference to the Prophet Jeremiah (3:15-17) also echoed in St. Matthew's Gospel (2:16-18): Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cybercatholics/jrWV/~3/NYPnt56fcGM/we-remember-today-holy-innocents-first.html

The Holy Family IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - December 25, 2013 ... not mean making choices for others but letting them choose their own course of action. In fact, every one of us has someone whom we love who we wish would follow our advice. People harm themselves and keep themselves from doing better in life and it breaks our heart that they do not listen to sound, loving words of support. Instead, we sit back and watch harm get piled upon hurt, and we feel their pain. Herod made his decision based on his ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-holy-family.html

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