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St. Joseph Cafasso: Apostle of Hope CATHOLIC FIRE - June 23, 2016 Today, June 23, we honor St. Joseph Cafasso, an Italian priest who was a social reformer in Turin during the 19th century. He is the patron of prison chaplains, spiritual directors, and prisoners. He is known as the "Priest of the Gallows". He was born on January 15, 1811 in northern Italy, about twenty miles from Turin. Joseph Cafasso was the third of four children. His parents, who were known for their charity to the poor, were small farmers who had to supplement their ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/06/st-joseph-cafasso-apostle-of-hope.html

Saint Rita: Hope for the Impossible! CATHOLIC LIGHT - RADICAL FAITH & TRUST - June 20, 2016 Saint Rita: Hope for the Impossible! : Known as the patron saint of the impossible and model of maidens, wives, mothers, widows and nuns, St. Rita of Cascia is a canonized intercessor for challenging marriages, difficult children, feuding relatives, spiritual mothers and multiple vocations. Rita was born in 1381in the ancient city of Cascia, about seventy-five miles from Rome, in the southeastern …http://tsahaylu.blogspot.com/2016/06/saint-rita-hope-for-impossible.html

7 QT: Answered Prayer, First Blessings, Saints, and Cats CATHOLIC FIRE - June 17, 2016 ... will leave you with this cute cat video: Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Father's Day to all dads! :) Jean For more Quick Takes, please visit Kelly at This Ain't the ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/06/7-qt-answered-prayer-first-blessings.html

St. Germaine Cousin: Patron of People With Disabilities and Victims of Abuse CATHOLIC FIRE - June 15, 2016 http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/06/st-germaine-cousin-patron-of-people.html

Freedom!!... Sort Of. JOURNEY OF A CATHOLIC NERD WRITER - June 15, 2016 http://catholicnerdwriter.blogspot.com/2016/06/freedom-sort-of.html

St. Ephrem: Doctor of the Church, "Harp of the Holy Spirit" CATHOLIC FIRE - June 8, 2016 http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/06/st-ephrem-doctor-of-church-harp-of-holy.html

Priesthood in the Real Presence and the Present Absence THESE STONE WALLS - June 1, 2016 A new Manual for Eucharistic Adoration from the Poor Clares and Saint Benedict Press has found a captive audience in Fr Gordon MacRae as he marks 34 years of priesthood. "You have GOT to be joking!" That was my first reaction. In early April this year, I was summoned to a prison office to sign for "personal property." I had no idea what it could be. I hadn't ordered anything recently from the place where we in prison must purchase shoes, clothing, toiletries. So it had to be ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheseStoneWalls/~3/lXsMAXNdUL0/

Build Yourself Up YOUR DAILY TRIPOD - May 27, 2016 ... used, and so became eager to assist any who asked him, to the point of intervening in the direst of circumstances. The Church also wanted to encourage veneration of this "forgotten" disciple. Therefore, the Church maintained that St. Jude would intervene in any lost cause to prove his saintliness and zeal for Christ, and thus St. Jude became the patron of lost causes. Action One of the nation's foremost children's hospitals is named for St. Jude – not its founder the ...http://yourdailytripod.blogspot.com/2016/05/build-yourself-up.html

Franciscan Penitent St. Margaret of Cortona ABBEY ROADS - May 16, 2016 ... away. The temptation to depend upon her own wits, to return to her old life became overwhelming. Her conversion, so unstable at first, demonstrates for us that our misfortunes are not immediately recognized for what they are - a call from God. Instead, in our panic, fear of the unknown can compromise our choices, making us all the more vulnerable to concupiscence as a means of survival. Margaret's conversion was painful and a difficult struggle. She was tested and mistrusted by the friars who ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2016/05/franciscan-penitent-st-margaret-of.html

Christ Ascends Into Heaven and Sends the Promised Gift of the Spirit VERITATEM FACIENTES IN CARITATE. PROCLAIMING THE TRUTH IN LO - May 16, 2016 ... a Sunday celebration in the table of feasts. However, because of the scriptural basis of the Ascension taking place 40 days after the Resurrection, transferring "Ascension Thursday" to the following Sunday makes no sense. The uniqueness of the Ascension demands a unique celebration. Accommodating convenience is a poor reason for making decisions about Church practice. A better reason is facilitating a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Taking time out of our routine to honor significant ...http://proclaimthetruthinlove.blogspot.com/2016/05/christ-ascends-into-heaven-and-sends.html

Novena to St. Rita 5/13-5/21 BATTLE BEADS BLOG - May 13, 2016 Say the following prayer once a day for 9 days, beginning on May 13 and ending on May 21, the eve of the Feast of St. Rita. St. Rita is the patron saint against: abuse, infertility, loneliness, sickness, and hopeless and impossible causes. O holy protectress of those who art in greatest need, thou who shineth as a star of hope in the midst of darkness, blessed Saint Rita, bright mirror of God's grace, in patience and ...http://battlebeads.blogspot.com/2016/05/novena-to-st-rita-513-521.html

In "Humbled, Exposed" Twin Cities, "God Is Calling Us to Let Go of Everything but Jesus" WHISPERS IN THE LOGGIA - May 13, 2016 HOMILY OF THE MOST REVEREND BERNARD ANTHONY HEBDA NINTH ARCHBISHOP OF SAINT PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS SOLEMN MASS OF INSTALLATION THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PAUL ST PAUL 13 MAY 2016 " M y spirit rejoices in God my Savior. " Those words from today's Gospel resonate in my heart as I reflect on God's goodness in bringing me so unexpectedly to this day. It is overwhelming to know of the prayers that are being offered for me this afternoon — and for this local ...http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2016/05/in-humbled-exposed-twin-cities-god-is.html

Mother Teresa of Calcutta: Pentecost Illumines the Night THESE STONE WALLS - May 11, 2016 ... eclipsed by the sorrowful mysteries of the poor to whom she devoted her life. The images of her presence among the poor, the disfigured, the utterly broken and rejected – even the despised – have always been part of the background landscape of my life as a priest, but to be honest I could never bring myself to linger on those scenes. They were just too painful. They always left me with a sense of inadequacy as a priest, afraid to look upon the broken too long lest I feel compelled ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheseStoneWalls/~3/dkEQfOUkEKg/

"Holy" Cards SCELATA - May 5, 2016 ... cold enough to wear? It would make a swell pillow. I hate vertical blinds, took them down immediately - but don't the long cream colored strips look like candles? Add yellow construction paper flames and let each child in Sunday school write the names of people they would like to remember in prayer during the month of All Souls, I can't throw out scrap metal, I know there are people around who will take it, I understand there are people who buy expensive garments they've never worn, or replace ...http://scelata.blogspot.com/2016/05/holy-cards.html

Saint Zita of Lucca CATHOLIC FIRE - April 27, 2016 April 27 is the feast of St. Zita of Lucca (1212-72), the patron saint of housekeepers, domestic servants, and waitresses. She is also invoked to help find lost keys. She was born in Tuscany, Italy in the village of Monsagrati. Zita came from a poor, but deeply devotional family. To help support the family, she became a maid of a wealthy family, Fatinelli, in the nearby Tuscan city of Lucca, serving them loyally for 48 years. A member of the Third Order of ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/04/saint-zita-of-lucca.html

Heroism in the Land of Dragons CRISIS MAGAZINE - April 25, 2016 ... get killed by the dragon, they would be Christian outlaws in the Empire (p. 121). George did not expect to be able to slay the dragon, but he knew he had to try. In the Christian spirit, he knew the main thing was not to win the fight, but to know what is worth fighting for and to stake his life upon it. George did slay the dragon, but was in turn slain by the Emperor. (St. George died in the early fourth century during the persecutions of Diocletian.) So, why is this legend, and even its ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/ZhmUNrV0SNY/heroism-in-the-land-of-dragons

Happy Birthday, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati! JOURNEY OF A CATHOLIC NERD WRITER - April 6, 2016 Just a quick blog post to celebrate the fact that my forever "man crush Monday"/saint crush Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati was born 115 years ago today. Though he had an very short time here on earth (he died at the age of 24), he lived such a beautiful life that continues to inspire me to this day. I'm not going to write a long post because I have schoolwork but I'll leave you new readers (and you established readers who want a trip down memory lane) links to other posts ...http://catholicnerdwriter.blogspot.com/2016/04/happy-birthday-bl-pier-giorgio-frassati.html

In the Hands of St. Joseph PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - March 21, 2016 ... lived: chaste, responsible, strong, courageous, skilled, loving, manly. I am so thankful that, in giving me my middle name, my parents made him my patron. I have done the same with my own son (Dominic Joseph), so that he will always have the intercessory power of St. Joseph to guide him and protect him. Here are some articles on St. Joseph. Learn what it means to be devoted to him and to live the sort of life that he lived: Act of Consecration to St. Joseph Exploring St. ...http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2007/03/in-hands-of-st-joseph.html

This Week in Madonna House - March 13-19 GETTING TO THE POINT - March 20, 2016 http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2016/03/this-week-in-madonna-house-march-13-19.html

Saint Joseph COMMUNIO - March 19, 2016 Saint Joseph's a prime example of what it means to be self-giving and faithful in one's love. His feast today, is a good opportunity each of us to renew our commitment to the Christian calling God has given each of us. Consider praying on the theological virtues of faith, hope, love: these are the supports of Saint Joseph's life and of all Christian lives. O Glorious St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2016/03/saint-joseph-2/

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