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Venerable Matthew Talbot Conversion Story ┬áVENERABLE MATT TALBOT RESOURCE CENTER - December 18, 2014 ... alcoholic, Matt's god was the bottle, and his altar was a bar" (McGrane, 2006). Yet, as is the case for many heroic saints whose vigor for self transforms into pining for God, Matt's zeal for drinking quickly and permanently became transformed into a thirst for God. He realized that God alone could slake his eternal thirst, and returning to the sacraments was grace enough for Matt to tackle withdrawals and long-term sobriety. A striking feature of Matt's conversion is that his life did not ...http://venerablematttalbotresourcecenter.blogspot.com/2014/12/venerable-matthew-talbot-conversion.html

Announcing! Roses in the Snow (illustrated by Lydia Grace) PONDERED IN MY HEART - December 6, 2014 Lydia's new book is here! Lydia has been hard at work for many months illustrating Dessi Jackson's latest saint story, one very near and dear to our hearts: Roses in the Snow: A Tale of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. It is a pleasure to be able to announce it today on the Feast of St. Nicholas, patron of all children. Roses in the Snow tells the tale of a little Hungarian girl preparing to celebrate ...http://ponderedinmyheart.typepad.com/pondered_in_my_heart/2014/12/announcing-roses-in-the-snow-illustrated-by-lydia-grace.html

Saint of the Day: Nicholas of Myra DA MIHI ANIMAS - December 6, 2014 Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas! Here is the info from the Patron Saints Index: Priest. Abbot. Bishop of Myra, Lycia (modern Turkey). Generous to the poor, and special protector of the innocent and wronged. Many stories grew up around him prior to his becoming associated with Santa Claus. Some examples Upon hearing that a local man had fallen on such hard times that he was planning to sell his daughters into prostitution, Nicholas went by night to the ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/12/saint-of-day-nicholas-of-myra.html

Vatican Receives Sainthood Cause for Sister Marie De Mandat-Grancey SISTER MARIE DE MANDAT-GRANCEY, DC, SERVANT OF GOD, FOUNDRES - October 7, 2014 ... cause: Dr. Claude Sasso, Msgr. William Caldwell, and Dr. Timothy Brennan. As are members of the Theological Commission: Scott McKellar and Dr. Matthew J. Ramage. Certain as well are members of Sister Marie's family who came from France Sept. 13 to witness the solemn Closing of the Diocesan Phase of the Cause for the Beatification/Canonization of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey at Kansas City's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The family in attendance, whose ancestral branches include ...http://srmarie-lorraine.blogspot.com/2014/10/vatican-receives-sainthood-cause-for.html

Saint of the Day: Vincent De Paul DA MIHI ANIMAS - September 27, 2014 ... to be the leader of what is now known as the Congregation of the Mission, or the Vincentians. These priests, with vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability, were to devote themselves entirely to the people in smaller towns and villages. Later, Vincent established confraternities of charity for the spiritual and physical relief of the poor and sick of each parish. From these, with the help of St. Louise de Marillac, came the Daughters of Charity, "whose convent is the sickroom, whose ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2014/09/saint-of-day-vincent-de-paul.html

A Response to Msgr. Charles Pope's Article: It's Time to End New York's St. Pat's Parade and the Al Smith Dinner COMING HOME - September 7, 2014 ... very churches that Msgr. Pope recommends we retreat to will have their tax-exempt status taken away. Then what? What happens in the face of increasingly punitive and crippling taxes by an adversary dedicated to our demise in the public sphere? No. The answer is no. The Al Smith Dinner raises a great deal of money for Catholic Charities. We don't need to invite the most rabidly pro-abortion politicians, but we can use the sharp satire of the evening to skewer them on the important issues. Who ...http://gerardnadal.com/2014/09/07/a-response-to-msgr-charles-popes-article-its-time-to-end-new-yorks-st-pats-parade-and-the-al-smith-dinner/

The Catholic Nook: Holy/Prayer Cards LIFE OF A CATHOLIC LIBRARIAN - September 4, 2014 ... him as well. We've navigating this wave of illness as best we can, and are all in good spirits. Hanging in there, to be sure. :) On to today's topic. I got into work this morning, and my mind was abuzz thinking about some gift ideas for my nephews. Probably because I've been doing some knitting for them, and I finished up one project last night. :) I have 4 nephews, all of them have birthdays in the fall, and of course Christmas is only three and a half months away. I have ...http://lifeofacatholiclibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-catholic-nook-holyprayer-cards.html