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St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church JEAN M. HEIMANN - March 20, 2017 Today is the solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron of the universal Church. On May 31, we honor St. Joseph as the patron of workers. Most of the reliable information on St. Joseph is contained in the first two chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Here we discover that Joseph was of royal descent from David, that the family was from Bethlehem in Judea and that Joseph, who was a builder, had moved ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/03/st-joseph-spouse-virgin-mary-patron-universal-church/

HOLY SEE : Unlike Previous Popes, Francis Is in No Rush to Visit His Homeland CLERICAL WHISPERS - March 14, 2017 http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/03/holy-see-unlike-previous-popes-francis.html

On the St. Patrick's Day Dispensation, or the Lack Thereof SERVANT AND STEWARD - March 9, 2017 ... dispensation from the law of abstinence on the Fridays of Lent to allow Catholics to eat meat this year on the memorial of Saint Patrick, His Excellency the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki has decided not to grant such a dispensation from the law. For reasons unclear to me, the State Journal-Register has decided this matter to be worthy of the front page . In a letter to the priests of the Diocese, the Vicar General indicated the Bishop's reasoning when he noted the ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/qP7yOGmm4rI/on-st-patricks-day-dispensation-or-lack.html

Ancient Limerick Franciscan Abbey Renovated As Part of Fáilte Ireland Tourist Initiative CLERICAL WHISPERS - March 9, 2017 ... into the cloister arcade to remind the Franciscan friars of their patron saint as they went to and from Divine Office. Among the detailed features are an elaborate sedilia in the south wall, three altar-tombs of similar design, probably built for the Desmond family or other prominent patrons, a Mass dial in the cloister, and a wall painting of Christ as the Man of Sorrows. A medieval wooden statue of the Madonna and Child and three medieval bells from Askeaton ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/03/ancient-limerick-franciscan-abbey.html

St. Casimir, Patron Saint of Youth and Bachelors JEAN M. HEIMANN - March 4, 2017 St. Casimir is the patron saint of Poland and Lithuania. He was born on October 3, 1458, the third of thirteen children of King Casimir IV and Elizabeth of Austria, daughter of Albert II of Habsburg. The young prince was trained in spirituality and displayed holiness at an early age. In contrast to the other members of the royal court, he was a shining example of faith, piety, humility, and chastity. He had a great love for the Eucharist and for the ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/03/st-casimir-patron-saint-youth-bachelors/

Saint Casimir of Poland, "The Peace-Maker" BIG C CATHOLICS - March 3, 2017 March 4th, is the optional memorial of Saint Casimir (1458 – 1484). This patron saint of Poland, Lithuania, and Russia made his mark on the hearts of his people even during his teenage years. Though born into high nobility in 1458, Saint Casimir, third child and second son of the King of Poland, never sought worldly honors or wealth. In fact, he is often depicted in iconography as having three hands, which is meant ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/03/saint-casimir-of-poland-peace-maker.html

Catholic Divisions TEA AT TRIANON - February 19, 2017 ... traditional moral teaching, liturgy, and evangelization, are throwing a public tantrum. Some of them are using the institutional power which they are gaining under Pope Francis to tar the policies Donald Trump is proposing as "un-Christian," in the hope of rallying millions of Catholic voters against the president. Last week, in two separate pieces at The Stream , Jason Jones and I dissected the case made by prominent Jesuit Rev. James Martin that Trump's attempts to enforce U.S. immigration ...http://teaattrianon.blogspot.com/2017/02/catholic-divisions.html

Don't Miss Ed Whelan's Commentary on President Trump's Supreme Court Nomination BIG C CATHOLICS - January 30, 2017 EPPC President Ed Whelan, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and an expert on the Supreme Court confirmation process, will offer extensive commentary on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee immediately following the expected announcement Tuesday evening at 8:00 ET. Be sure to visit Mr. Whelan's award-winning blog, National Review Online's Bench Memos, both tomorrow and throughout the confirmation battle. And follow Mr. Whelan ( @EdWhelanEPPC ) and EPPC ( @EPPCdc ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/01/dont-miss-ed-whelans-commentary-on.html

Twenty-Five Years of St Brigid Celebrations CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 26, 2017 ... Ireland, and she is the patron saint of Kildare," stated Luka Bloom, the well-known singer and Kildare native. The festival includes prayer, reflection, talk, music, dance and St Brigid's cross workshops. "It is not a big trendy festival, but a gathering of people who want to celebrate the coming of spring, and who want to call Brigid's qualities into the world, to light a spark for change," he said. "And every year we gather to welcome the light into our ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/twenty-five-years-of-st-brigid.html

St. Francis De Sales, Mentor and Model JEAN M. HEIMANN - January 24, 2017 St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), a theologian and the patron saint of writers has long been my mentor and model, and one of my most powerful intercessors. As an author, theologian and a freelance writer, I look to him for guidance and for assistance in my work. His unique methods of spirituality and evangelization have also greatly inspired me. As Catholics, we are all called to be missionaries and witnesses to the truth by virtue of our Baptism. St. ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/01/st-francis-de-sales-mentor-model/

Pope: The Church Does Not Proclaim Itself, It Proclaims Christ; It Does Not Bring Itself, It Brings Christ CLERICAL WHISPERS - January 15, 2017 ... every day, during Mass, when we present to the people the bread and wine that have become the Body and Blood of Christ. This liturgical gesture represents the whole mission of the Church, which does not proclaim itself. Woe, woe to the Church when it proclaims itself for it loses its compass, and does not know where it goes. The Church proclaims Christ; it does not bring itself; it brings Christ. Because it is He and He alone who saves His people from sin, delivers them and guides them to the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/pope-church-does-not-proclaim-itself-it.html

Saint Genevieve and Barbarism: From Attila to the Republic GLORIA ROMANORUM - January 3, 2017 January 3 is the feast of Saint Genevieve. History tells that this great late Roman saint was born in the Western Empire about the year AD 422, and passed to eternal life on January 3, AD 512. During her life, she witnessed the momentous events which transformed her home in Roman Gaul to a province of the new Frankish kingdom, and indeed she played an integral part in these events. Enjoy this excerpt from the Vita Sancta Genovefa , translated into 17th ...http://gloriaromanorum.blogspot.com/2017/01/saint-genevieve-and-barbarism-from.html

Optional Memorial of St. Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and Martyr BIG C CATHOLICS - December 28, 2016 December 29th, is the optional memorial of Saint Thomas Becket (1119-1170), the 12th century English statesman, Archbishop of Canterbury and martyr. A close associate of King Henry II, in the year 1155, he was appointed Chancellor of England. Seven years later, Becket was named Archbishop of Canterbury, and his relationship with the monarchy deteriorated. Eventually, his refusal to submit to Henry's jurisdiction resulted in Becket's six-year exile in France. Not long after ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/12/optional-memorial-of-st-thomas-becket.html

His Beatitude Patriarch Bartholomew II Crosses Frontiers MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - December 7, 2016 ... forever venerated by Catholics and Orthodox faithful. The ecumenical importance of Bartholomew's visit is furthered by the conviction that every local Church must commit to ecumenism. Bartholomew has led the Orthodox Churches in a spirit of charity and diakonia since 1991, tirelessly pursuing Christian unity and peace. The "substantial recognition" which the diocese of Bari conferred upon Bartholomew, was reiterated in Francis' message as a "sign of gratitude for his service in promoting ever ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2016/12/bartholomew-delivers-lectio-magistralis.html

St. Francis Xavier: True Jesuit Missionary A CATHOLIC LIFE - December 3, 2016 ... whereby the bride of Jesus Christ multiplies her children, even in her fruitful old age, as the psalmist expresses it. [Ps. xci. 15] There are Gentiles who have still to be evangelized; the coming of the Messias is far from having been announced to all nations. Now of all the valiant messengers of the Divine Word who have, during the last few hundred years, proclaimed the good tidings among infidel nations, there is not one whose glory is greater, who has worked greater wonders, or who has ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/U0sHVQ9SSNk/st-francis-xavier-true-jesuit-missionary.html

Advent's Saints Remind Us of Christ's Incarnation and His Second Coming in Glory BIG C CATHOLICS - November 28, 2016 ... Loyola. He is the patron saint of missionaries, and the dioceses of; Green Bay, Wisconsin, Joiliet, Illinois and the archdiocese of Indianapolis, as well as, Borneo, China, the East Indies, Goa, India, Navarre, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. The effects of St. Francis's evangelization has lasted for centuries. Ask for St. Francis Xavier's intercession if you desire your time spent during Advent to bear fruit long afterward. ST. JOHN DAMASCENE (DEC. 4) The ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/11/advents-saints-remind-us-of-christs.html