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Sts. Hippolytus and Cassian A CATHOLIC LIFE - August 13, 2017 ... Italy, arrested Cassian, a Christian schoolmaster. The governor ordered him to be tortured by his own pagan pupils. After making barbarous sport of Cassian in various ways, the pagan boys stabbed their former teacher to death with their stilettos. The following is taken from Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876: St. Hippolytus, an officer of the body-guard of the emperor Decius, had been born in the darkness of idolatry, but he had become a Christian, with all ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/rmKpMWsX-ds/sts-hippolytus-and-cassian.html

Pondering Tidbits of Truth - August 10, 2017 HARVESTING THE FRUITS OF CONTEMPLATION - August 10, 2017 Pondering Tidbits of Truth is my simple and inadequate way of providing nuggets of spiritual wisdom for you to chew on from time to time . Father Jacques Phillipe "Íf people know what they must do today and commit themselves to doing it and leave tomorrow to God's providence, all is well. What more can anyone do? Take the step that needs taking today. Take another step tomorrow. Every day will have its own steps to take." (From March 20, 2017 Reflections of the ...http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/2017/08/pondering-tidbits-of-truth-august-10.html

The Epitaph of Pope Saint Hormisdas, Written by His Son, Pope Saint Silverius GLORIA ROMANORUM - August 6, 2017 ... August 6 is the Feast Day of Pope Saint Hormisdas who reigned from AD 514 to 523. This was a difficult time for the Church when Italy was under the domination of the Arian Ostrogothic King, Theodoric, and the Eastern Roman Emperor, Anastasius, was a monophysite heretic. During Hormisdas's reign, in an attempt to end the Acacian Schism which had separated the eastern and western Churches, Hormisdas caused secret letters to be circulated in the east explaining the Catholic faith ...http://gloriaromanorum.blogspot.com/2017/08/the-epitaph-of-pope-saint-hormisdas.html

At the Explicit Request of the Holy Father. ABBEY ROADS - August 1, 2017 Piccoli Fratelli di Jesus Caritas Little Brother of Jesus, Father Gabriele Faraghini released for service as seminary rector in Rome. This is real. I'm stunned. The Little Brothers of Jesus follow in the footsteps of Bl. Charles de Foucauld. They live in poverty. They work. They live simply. They are the type of religious Pope Francis praises, they live on the peripheries. I am so edified by this news. "The explicit request of Pope Francis" that Father ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2017/08/at-explicit-request-of-holy-father.html

The Portiuncula Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi [a Plenary Indulgence] Is Available on August 2nd BIG C CATHOLICS - July 31, 2017 ... and built a small chapel in the vicinity of Assisi. The Benedictines named it the Portiuncula Church and administered it until the 13th century. St. Francis beseeched the Benedictine Abbot to let his Order have the church. Over time, the Portiuncula Church was enlarged and beautified. The miraculous origin of the Portiuncula indulgence is as follows. Jesus, Mary and a host of angels appeared to St. Francis. Jesus said to him, "Francis you are very zealous for the good of souls. Ask me what you ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/07/the-portiuncula-indulgence-of.html

St. Alphonsus Liguori, Patron of Theologians BIG C CATHOLICS - July 31, 2017 ... wishes of his father, who had encouraged his legal career, Alphonsus was ordained a priest in 1726 and soon became known as a particularly articulate preacher. His gentleness, especially in the confessional, was controversial in the eyes of some. At this time, the Catholic Church was struggling with the heresy of Jansenism. This teaching, which was actually a form of Calvinism, was strongly condemned by the Pope in 1713, but vestiges of its austerity and scrupulosity were ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/07/st-alphonsus-liguori-patron-of.html

St. Alphonsus Liguori ATONEMENTONLINE - July 31, 2017 Alphonsus Liguori, born in 1696, was the son of an ancient Neapolitan family. His father was an officer in the Royal Navy. At the age of sixteen, Alphonsus received his doctorate in both canon and civil law and for nearly ten years practiced at the bar. When he found that one of the legal cases he was defending was not based on justice but on political intrigue, he gave up the practice of law and dedicated his life to God. Ordained to the priesthood in 1726, St. ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/07/st-alphonsus-liguori.html

Jane Austen and Germaine De Staël TEA AT TRIANON - July 27, 2017 ... stories, gave her a mahogany writing desk and attempted (unsuccessfully) to get her work into print in 1797. Jane Austen's first published book, Sense and Sensibility, "a new novel by a lady", which came out in 1811, bore no author's name on its title page. The same would go for the other novels published in her lifetime – all sold well and brought a welcome income but, to the outsider, nothing could connect them with the discreet woman who, through her richer brother's generosity, lived ...http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2017/07/jane-austen-and-germaine-de-stael.html

The Reception of Pope Francis FR RAY BLAKE'S BLOG - July 24, 2017 ... article which speaks of the Italian clergy, high and low opposing Francis. The inference being the Pope was a goody the clergy baddies and ignorant too. Historically that is not how the Church works and this article will probably only serve to highlight the isolation of the Pope and encourage others to speak about it. I rarely agree with Ivereigh, I often wonder if the Pope does but I think that his reference to'reception' is important. In the West we have a very feudal and increasingly from ...http://marymagdalen.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-reception-of-pope-francis.html

Column: Just Enough Distraction QUANTUM THEOLOGY - July 21, 2017 http://quantumtheology.blogspot.com/2017/07/column-just-enough-distraction.html

St. Lawrence of Brindisi ATONEMENTONLINE - July 20, 2017 ... people meant that he served as a papal emissary to many countries, but he never forgot that he was first and foremost a priest. There is a very special title accorded by the Church to certain saints, who are named "Doctor of the Church," and this title indicates that the writings and preaching of such a person are useful to Christians "in any age of the Church." Such men and women are also particularly known for the depth of understanding and the orthodoxy of their theological teachings. St. ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/07/st-lawrence-of-brindisi.html

A New Take on an Old Parable {A Mapelle Film and Book Review} TRAINING HAPPY HEARTS - July 18, 2017 ... had a party and the other guy had done wrong. The movie teaches forgiveness and love. My eleven-year-old on said: It was okay, but I don't like the romance. I watched it anyway, because it was a movie that was on, and I like watching movies. I liked the way they filmed Italy from above, but I would not recommend this movie to kids. I'd recommend it to teenagers, like 14-18 year olds, because they like that stuff. After Mom told me the movie was like the prodigal son, I ...http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/2017/07/Mapelle-Films-Trust-Fund-Love-Was-Near.html

The Life of St. Bonaventure in Stained Glass THE HILL COUNTRY HERMIT - July 15, 2017 ... special in Giovanni and proclaimed, " O Buono Ventura! " (meaning O Good Fortune!) Giovanni survived, thrived, became known as Bonaventure and would one day become known as the second father of the Franciscan Order. For when I was a boy, as I vividly remember, I was snatched from the jaws of death by his (St. Francis's) invocation and merits. I recognize that God saved my life through him. - The Life of St. Francis by St. Bonaventure, Prologue Window # 2 - St. Bonaventure ...http://theresadoyle-nelson.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-life-of-st-bonaventure-in-stained.html

When Saint Benedict Met Totila, King of the Goths GLORIA ROMANORUM - July 12, 2017 ... In the mid 6th century, the Eastern Roman Emperor, Justinian I, launched a campaign to reconquer the lost province of Italy for the Empire. Though his great general, Belisarius, was able to cripple the Gothic kingdom in Italy and capture its capital at Ravenna, he not able to complete the conquest at that time. Soon after he returned to Constantinople, a fierce new Gothic king arose, Totila by name, who revived the fortunes of the Goths and very nearly undid ...http://gloriaromanorum.blogspot.com/2017/07/when-saint-benedict-met-totila-king-of.html

St. Benedict of Nursia ATONEMENTONLINE - July 10, 2017 Shrine of St. Benedict Our Lady of the Atonement Church, San Antonio, Texas St. Benedict was born about the year 480 in Nursia, Italy. His family was most likely of noble lineage, which afforded him the opportunity go to Rome, where he received his education. By the time of Benedict's arrival there, Rome had entered into serious moral and political decay. Because the corruption around him so disturbed him, Benedict broke off his studies and withdrew from Rome to enter into ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/07/st-benedict-of-nursia.html

Jun 21 - St. Aloysius Gonzaga FATHER BILL'S BLOG - June 21, 2017 ... high-ranking family in Castiglione, in Lombardy, Italy and following the wishes of his father he was meant to go into military service, but on a family trip to Spain in the company of the empress of Austria in 1581 he decided to become a Jesuit. His family could not dissuade him and so Aloysius renounced his inheritance and entered the Jesuit novitiate in Rome in November of 1585. He was inclined to austere penances, but obedience and poor health (a kidney ...http://fatherbill1975.blogspot.com/2017/06/jun-21-st-aloysius-gonzaga.html

Biography of Michael O'Brien Details a Creative Life Full of Joys and Sorrows INSIGHT SCOOP THE IGNATIUS PRESS BLOG - June 21, 2017 ... Claudel, Italy on Eugenio Corti, and so forth. Canada appeared until recently to be the unfortunate exception to this rule. But Canadians may perhaps now boast of one Catholic novelist of international repute: Michael O'Brien . At least that is the view of American philosopher Peter Kreeft, whose endorsement of On the Edge of Infinity , the first biography of O'Brien ever published, describes him as "the greatest living Catholic novelist". This being said, two things ...http://insightscoop.typepad.com/2004/2017/06/biography-of-michael-obrien-details-a-creative-life-full-of-joys-and-sorrows.html

St. Romuald, Abbot and Founder JEAN M. HEIMANN - June 19, 2017 ... Camaldolese Benedictines –one of the Italian branches of the Benedictines. He was born around 950 in Ravenna, Italy of a noble family and died on June 19, 1027 in Val-di-Castro, Italy. Horrified, after his father killed a relative in a duel, at which he was forced to be present, Romuald retired to the Benedictine monastery of St. Apollinare , near Ravenna, where he became abbot from 996 to 999. For almost thirty years he traveled about ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/06/st-romuald-abbot-founder/

St. Romuald, Abbot, Founder of the Camaldolese Order BIG C CATHOLICS - June 18, 2017 ... father's sin, Romuald would remain for three years and became a Benedictine monk. The future saint soon developed a reputation for extreme holiness, which made his fellow monks uncomfortable. He was eased out of Sant'Apollinare and spent the next 30 years wandering in Italy, founding hermitages and monasteries wherever he went. In every place, he sought a life of severe penance and continual prayer. At one point, Romuald greatly desired to be a martyr for the ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/06/st-romuald-abbot-founder-of-camaldolese.html

Itala Mela Beatified COMMUNIO - June 17, 2017 On Saturday, June 10th, Itala Mela (1904-57) was beatified in La Spezia, Italy, her home town. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, offered Mass and declared Mela a Blessed of the Church in the presence of 3000 people. The liturgical memorial of Blessed Itala Mela will be April 28, the day prior to her anniversary of death so not to conflict the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, one of the patron saints of Italy. ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2017/06/itala-mela-beatified/

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