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St. Blaise and the Blessing of Throats CATHOLIC FIRE - February 3, 2016 ... as a holy day in some Eastern Churches. In 1222, the Council of Oxford banned servile work (heavy manual labor) in England on Blaise's feast day. The Germans and Slavs are particularly devoted to him. Many United States Catholics have their throats blessed on his feast day annually. Candles crossed in a special candelabrum used to bless throats. Blessing of the Throats This is the day when we, as Catholics, participate in the beautiful sacramental of having our throats blessed. The rite of the ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/02/st-blaise-and-blessing-of-throats.html

Dinner With Our Seminarians BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES - December 31, 2015 ... three, then into the fridge. That was all last night. This afternoon, I cleaned the chicken and dried it -- it's in the fridge, so the skin dries a bit more. I have to put that in the oven right before Holy Mass, and then hurry back to get it out of the oven right after. A little later, after the skin has dried some, I'll dress the chicken with butter and pepper, and stuff it with lemon slices and rosemary, a la Zuhlsdorf . Meanwhile, I got the red potatoes ready. These will cook below the ...http://frmartinfox.blogspot.com/2015/12/dinner-with-our-seminarians.html

St. Catherine of Alexandria CATHOLIC FIRE - November 25, 2015 ... sharp and pointed knives, which was designed to tear her body into pieces, but when she was bound to it, a heavenly fire destroyed it. Finally, on November 25, Catherine was beheaded. By the hands of angels her body was carried to Mt. Sinai, where it was interred in the convent which bears her name. Ranked with St. Margaret and St. Barbara as one of the fourteen most helpful saints in heaven, (that group of saints notable for answering prayers especially for cures from disease and at the hour ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/11/st-catherine-of-alexandria.html

Today's Saints: St. Gertrude the Great and St. Margaret of Scotland CATHOLIC FIRE - November 16, 2015 ... the souls in purgatory. An extremely humble person, she prayed that her many spiritual gifts not be manifested outwardly to others and her request was granted. Gertrude was blessed with the gift of prophecy as well as the gift of miracles. A prolific writer, she authored five books on spirituality. However, only three of them are still in existence. Gertrude died on November 17th, 1301 or 1302 of natural causes. She is the patron saint of nuns, travelers, and ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/11/todays-saints-st-gertrude-great-and-st.html

Spiritual Combat: Weapons for Your Arsenal DA MIHI ANIMAS - November 8, 2015 ... Example: His Three Weapons. Of course our best example for all is Jesus who said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." At the end of forty days in the desert, the devil came to tempt Him. Jesus forcefully and easily conquered the devil by using three weapons that we must learn to use: prayer, fasting, and the use of the Word of God. Jesus had a prolonged prayer experience in the desert. Added to that was forty days of fasting; He ate nothing. Finally the devil tempted Him by using the Word ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/11/spiritual-combat-weapons-for-your.html

The Serbian Slava BYZANTINE, TEXAS - November 7, 2015 ... have several fasts during the year, as well as each Wednesday and Friday, some celebrations may not consist meat and dairy products and we call these celebrations "posna slava". For these celebrations hosts usually prepare lots of salads, fish stew and roasted fish. On the other hand, "mrsna slava" traditionally consists of lots of meat (usually roasted pork and/or lamb). Don't be fooled – mrsna and posna slava are equally tasteful and abundant. Literally hundreds of saints are ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-serbian-slava.html