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St. Isidore of Seville CATHOLIC FIRE - April 3, 2014 Today is the optional memorial of St. Isidore of Seville, the patron saint of the Internet and the author of the first encyclopedia. A Confessor, Doctor of the Church, and Bishop of Seville, Isidore was born in Cartagena, Spain, 560 and died in Seville, Spain in 636. He was younger brother to Saint Fulgentius of Astigi and Saint Florentina and succeeded his brother, Leander, a monk, to the See of Seville in 599. He began as ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/04/st-isidore-of-seville.html

St. Isidore of Seville ATONEMENTONLINE - April 3, 2014 ... Isidore was shocking, even to people who lived at that time. Leander, who was much older than Isidore, took over Isidore's education and Leander's idea of education involved force and and lots of punishment. We know from Isidore's later accomplishments that he was very intelligent and hard-working, so it's difficult to understand why Leander thought abuse would work instead of patience. One day, the young Isidore couldn't take any more. He was frustrated by ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2014/04/st-isidore-of-seville.html

Hope 1 – Pope Benedict XVI PAYING ATTENTION TO THE SKY - March 30, 2014 ... prayer. Prayer is hope in action. And in fact, true reason is contained in prayer, which is why it is possible to hope: we can come into contact with the Lord of the world, he listens to us, and we can listen to him. This is what St. Ignatius was alluding to and what I want to remind you of once again — the truly great thing in Christianity, which does not dispense one from small, daily things but must not be concealed by them either, is this ability to come into contact with God. ...http://payingattentiontothesky.com/2014/03/31/hope-1-pope-benedict-xvi/

The Benedict Option: What Does It Really Mean? CRISIS MAGAZINE - March 26, 2014 ... Christian life as every one of our actions should be religious in the sense that they are ordered directly to God, for his glory and our sanctification. The monks also live a life of stability, committed to one monastery and the Rule . This counters our lack of a grounded identity and models how the faith should shape and govern our lives, rooting us in a constant and firm practice. 2. The Centrality of the Liturgy Benedictines live a life that is defined by the liturgy. It shapes and orders ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/75bwkvqVEMc/the-benedict-option-what-does-it-really-mean

Sunday Word, 23 Mar 14 TO FIND FRUIT - March 23, 2014 ... but not complex; not simple because like every person in every age, the woman was a fusion of emotions, experiences, failures, successes and longings. In our life-tasks we are no different. Jesus sat down about noon . He was tired by his journey. We pause here awaiting any number of things: midday; midyear; warm weather; sharing faith; welcoming a word; acknowledging our weariness and how our hearts thirst . The woman came , puzzled to see a man resting where women worked. She didn't need ...http://findfruit.blogspot.com/2014/03/sunday-word-23-mar-14.html

Patron of the Universal Church St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal ... BATTLE BEADS BLOG - March 19, 2014 Patron of the Universal Church St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal church is commemorated on On March 19. He is one of the most important Saint in the Catholic Church, second to the Blessed Mother. He was faithful, patient man, obedient to the demands of God and willingly accepted the hardships. St. Matthew calls him "a just man", illustrated by his loyalty in protecting and providing for his family. In 1870, Pius IX declared ...http://battlebeads.blogspot.com/2014/03/patron-of-universal-church-st.html

Wednesday, 19 Mar – Blind Faith OXYGEN - March 18, 2014 19 Mar – Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary Descendant of the house of David. Layman. Builder by trade; traditionally a carpenter, but may have been a stone worker. Earthly spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Foster and adoptive father of Jesus Christ. Visionary who was visited by angels. Noted for his willingness to immediately get up and do what God told him to do. - The Patron Saint ...http://thecatholicwriter.com/oxygen/2014/03/wednesday-19-mar-blind-faith/

Second Sunday in Lent IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - March 12, 2014 ... sins will be forgiven. ~ On St. Joseph's feast, Nathan tells David that the Lord is choosing David's house to endure forever. ~ Jeremiah tells us, "Cursed is the one who trusts in humans." The Lord alone shall probe the mind and test the heart of all people and will reward everyone according to his ways. In Genesis, we hear that Israel loved Joseph best of all and gave him a bright tunic to wear and to show off his favor. His brothers did not like it and conspired to do away with him, but they ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2014/03/second-sunday-in-lent.html

Spirituality: A Letter From Francis Xavier IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - March 11, 2014 ... missions. This letter is an example of Xavier's trust in God and zeal to spread the Good News. We have visited the villages of the new converts who accepted the Christian religion a few years ago. No Portuguese live here the country is so utterly barren and poor. The native Christians have no priests. They know only that they are Christians. There is nobody to say Mass for them; nobody to teach them the Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Commandments of God's Law. I have not stopped ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2014/03/spirituality-letter-from-francis-xavier.html

Feast of St. Joseph ~ March 19th BATTLE BEADS BLOG - March 8, 2014 Patron of the Universal Church St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal church is commemorated on On March 19. He is one of the most important Saint in the Catholic Church, second to the Blessed Mother. He was faithful, patient man, obedient to the demands of God and willingly accepted the hardships. St. Matthew calls him "a just man", illustrated by his loyalty in protecting and providing for his family. In 1870, Pius IX declared ...http://battlebeads.blogspot.com/2013/03/feast-of-st-joseph-march-19th.html

Saint John of God – The Reverting Bookworm TOM PERNAâ„¢ - March 8, 2014 Saint John of God was born in 1495 in Portugal. His parents and family were very humble and virtuous people. He grew as virtuous as his parents, spending most of his younger years as a shepherd. In 1522, when Charles V ruled as the King of Spain, John enlisted in the military. He fought against the French and the Turks. During his time in the military, he came upon individuals that led him astray from his virtuous upbringing. He fell into great sin and evil. Realizing what ...http://tomperna.org/2014/03/08/saint-john-of-god-the-reverting-bookworm/

St. John of God ATONEMENTONLINE - March 7, 2014 ... jokes, and even stones and mud from the townspeople and their children. Some friends took him to a hospital for the insane. Eventually, the priest who had preached the sermon that had affected John so much, came to see him, and told him that he had gone on like this enough, so John was moved to a better part of the hospital, and where he was free to move about. Although still a patient, he began to help the other sick people around him. In fact, this experience made him decide to start his own ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2014/03/st-john-of-god.html

Saturday, 8 Mar – Empathize to Evangelize OXYGEN - March 7, 2014 8 Mar – Saturday after Ash Wednesday, Memorial of Saint John of God Juan grew up working as a shepherd in the Castile region of Spain. He led a wild and misspent youth, and travelled over much of Europe and north Africa as a soldier in the army of Charles V, and as a mercenary. Fought through a brief period of insanity. Peddled religious books and pictures in Gibraltar, though without any religious conviction himself. In his 40?s he received a vision of the Infant ...http://thecatholicwriter.com/oxygen/2014/03/saturday-8-mar-empathize-to-evangelize/

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus ATONEMENTONLINE - February 28, 2014 Happy St. David's Day, as the title of this post says. My Welsh ancestors would want me to make mention of our great patron for his feast day, which is March 1st. Following is an excerpt from an anonymous account of the saint: Saint David, or Dewi Sant, as he is known in the Welsh language, is the patron saint of Wales. He was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop, who lived in the sixth century. During his life, ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2014/02/dydd-gwyl-dewi-hapus.html

Friday, 21 Feb – Naughts and Crosses OXYGEN - February 20, 2014 21 Feb – Memorial of Saint Peter Damian Youngest child in a large but impoverished family of local nobility. Orphaned young, Peter was sent to live with a brother who mistreated him and forced him to work as a swine-herd. A pious boy, Peter was eventually sent to live with another brother, Damian, a priest in Ravenna, Italy; Peter was so grateful that he took the name Damian. Well educated in Ravenna, in Faenza and in Parma Italy. Professor. He was ...http://thecatholicwriter.com/oxygen/2014/02/friday-21-feb-naughts-and-crosses/

Wednesday, 5 Feb – One Thing Remains OXYGEN - February 4, 2014 5 Feb – Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin, Martyr We have little reliable information about this martyr, who has been honoured since ancient times, and whose name is included in the canon of the Mass. Young, beautiful and rich, Agatha lived a life consecrated to God. When Decius announced the edicts against Christians, the magistrate Quinctianus tried to profit by Agatha's sanctity; he planned to blackmail her into sex in exchange for not charging her. Handed over to ...http://thecatholicwriter.com/oxygen/2014/02/wednesday-5-feb-one-thing-remains/

Monday, 27 Jan – Caught Up in the Moment OXYGEN - January 26, 2014 27 Jan – Memorial of Saint Angela Merici Franciscan tertiary at age 15. She received a vision telling her she would inspire devout women in their vocation. In Crete, during a pilgrimage to Holy Land, she was struck blind. Her friends wanted to return home, but she insisted on going on, visiting the shrines with as much devotion and enthusiasm as if she had her sight. On the way home, while praying before a crucifix, her sight was restored at the same place where it ...http://thecatholicwriter.com/oxygen/2014/01/monday-27-jan-caught-up-in-the-moment/

My Miscarriage ALL YOU WHO HOPE - January 14, 2014 ... to save some of it, though, just in case. In bed, I googled Percocet. I had the pills at the ready but feared feeling loopy. I called for my sister to come in and break one in half, and asked her to be prepared to give me it soon. I didn't think I was in enough pain to really need it at that point, but I had read stories of women who regretted waiting too long. I ate a cookie as the tight feeling turned into contractions. They were constant - tighten, release, tighten, release - just like ...http://allyouwhohope.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-miscarriage.html

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton CATHOLIC FIRE - January 4, 2014 ... founder of a community of women religious (the Sisters of Charity). This first native-born American saint was born on August 28, 1774 in New York to a wealthy and distinguished Episcopalian family. Elizabeth Ann Seton was born Elizabeth Ann Bailey, the daughter of Dr. Richard Bayley, the first professor of anatomy at Columbia College, and Catherine Charlton, daughter of an Anglican minister. By birth and marriage, she was linked to the prominent families of New York and ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/01/st-elizabeth-ann-seton.html

A Song for Nagasaki by Paul Glynn HAPPY CATHOLIC* - January 3, 2014 ... lesson by joining her hands and bowing in a gesture of profound gratitude, reciting a prayer that explained all this, and the universe as well: "Namu Amida Butsu. We depend on our utterly, Amida Buddha." ... [The Japanese character] Shigoto, "work," is made of two ideographs meaning "something that is a service." All are the beneficiaries of countless other "workers," and we owe it to the community to do our own job well, not primarily for material recompense but out of ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2014/01/a-song-for-nagasaki-by-paul-glynn.html

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