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St. Anthony of the Desert: Founder of Monasticism JEAN M. HEIMANN - January 17, 2017 The saint of the day for January 17 is St. Anthony of the Desert (c. 251–356), a religious hermit and monk, who is known as the founder of monasticism. His rule of order was one of the first to create guidelines for monastic living. After his parents died, Anthony heard the words of the Gospel ( Matthew 19:21 ) and followed them. He gave all his belongings to the poor. He went out into the wilderness to begin a life of penance, living in dire poverty, praying, ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/01/st-anthony-desert-founder-monasticism/

St. Anthony, Abbot CATHOLIC HOTDISH - January 12, 2017 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CatholicHotdish/~3/3RzemhYKcCM/

Politics May Complicate Sainthood for Pakistani Martyr (Comment) CLERICAL WHISPERS - December 31, 2016 ... them to villages to see how Christians truly live in a country where they're less than two percent of the population, most consigned to illiteracy, poverty, and chronic second-class citizenship. Bhatti would later recall that when he was 13, he heard a Good Friday sermon about the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, and says he decided then and there he would dedicate his life to defending Christians and other minorities in the country. In college he founded an organization for Christian students ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/01/politics-may-complicate-sainthood-for.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

Moses the Black: Thief, Murderer, Monk , Saint - Jared Zimmerer BOOK REVIEWS AND MORE - December 1, 2016 Moses the Black Thief, Murderer, Monk , Saint Moses the Black #1 Jared Zimmerer Zimmerer Books ISBN 9781539481973 ASIN B01MZZ5LCK This novella is the first instalment in a 10 part series. Picking a lesser known Saint to be the focus of his first foray into the field of fiction was a bold move for Jared Zimmerer. But as they say 'either go big or go home', and Zimmerer pulls it off. This book delivers on its commitment to present saints in all their ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BookReviewsAndMore/~3/-QhT2QdHGFI/moses-black-thief-murderer-monk-saint.html

St. Cecilia: Patron of Poets and Musicians CATHOLIC FIRE - November 21, 2016 ... officer charged with their execution, was converted by a vision that he saw in the hour of their death. After professing Christianity, he, too, was martyred. The three were buried by the grieving Cecilia. Soon after, she was sentenced to death. The prefect tried to reason with her, but she remained strong in her faith. Consequently, he gave an order that she was to be suffocated in her own bathroom. Surviving this attempt on her life, a soldier was sent to behead her. He struck her neck three ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/11/st-cecilia-patron-of-poets-and-musicians.html

Today's Saints: St. Gertrude the Great and St. Margaret of Scotland CATHOLIC FIRE - November 16, 2016 ... 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 the West Indies. Prayer to ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/11/todays-saints-st-gertrude-great-and-st.html

St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr CATHOLIC HOTDISH - November 16, 2016 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CatholicHotdish/~3/k5IYFhNthmA/

The Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Christ the King) IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - November 16, 2016 ... was instrumental in getting Ignatius to narrate his autobiography. · In 1927: the execution of Fr. Michael Augustine Pro, SJ, by leaders of the persecution of the Church in Mexico. · Nov 24, 1963: The death of John LaFarge, pioneer advocate of racial justice in the United States. · Nov 25, 1584: The Church of the Gesu, built in Rome for the Society by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, was solemnly consecrated. · Nov 26, 1678: In London the arrest and imprisonment of St Claude la ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-thirty-fourth-sunday-in-ordinary.html

St. Lawrence O'Toole, Benedictine Peacemaker CATHOLIC FIRE - November 14, 2016 The saint of the day for November 14 is St. Lawrence (also spelled Laurence) O'Toole, a Benedictine abbot and archbishop of Dublin. St. Lawrence O'Toole was born around 1128 in County Kildare, Ireland. His father was the chief of Hy Murray, and his mother one of the Clan O'Byrne. At the age of 10, Lawrence was taken hostage by King Mac Murehad of Leinster, who treated him with such cruelty that his father convinced the King to turn him over to the Bishop of Glendalough. ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/11/st-lawrence-otoole-benedictine.html

The "Holy Oil" of Saint Walburga ANA BRAGA-HENEBRY'S JOURNAL - October 28, 2016 ... nuns. We saw the chamber, so rarely open for view, under the high altar above that holds her remains, and the "holy oil" that is collected through an inventive system of little channels into a bowl that is collected every by the sisters, from now until her feast day in February. It is impossible to describe the spiritual dimension of the whole experience. I had not only brought my own prayer intentions, so many and heartfelt, nestled in mother's heart, but the petitions of so many friends who ...http://anabragahenebrysjournal.blogspot.com/2016/10/last-post-on-our-trip-to-germany-holy.html

The Legends of Saints Simon and Jude NEW LITURGICAL MOVEMENT - October 28, 2016 ... water into wine, but it is simply a hellenization of the Hebrew word "qanna'i – zealous." St. Thaddeus, more often called Jude, was the author of one of the seven Catholic Epistles. After the Ascension, the former went to evangelize Egypt, the latter to Mesopotamia; they later met in Persia, where they continued to preach the Gospel and were eventually martyred. The pre-Tridentine Roman Breviary, on the other hand, gives a much more elaborate account of their lives after ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheNewLiturgicalMovement/~3/HwIywPIHe9U/the-legends-of-saints-simon-and-jude.html

St. Peter of Alcantra, Spanish Mystic CATHOLIC FIRE - October 26, 2016 ... vigorous Catholic reform, a Counter-Reformation with which to oppose the Protestant Reformation. Finally, with the approval of Pope Julius III, around 1556, he founded the Reformed Friars Minor of Spain, usually called the Alcatarine Franciscans, which established not only monasteries but also Houses of Retreat where anyone could go and try to live according to the Rule of Saint Francis. The friars lived in small groups, in great poverty and austerity, going barefoot, ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/10/st-peter-of-alcantra-spanish-mystic.html

Memorial of Saints Isaac Jogues, Jean De Brébeuf, and Companions, Martyrs BIG C CATHOLICS - October 18, 2016 http://www.bigccatholics.com/2016/10/memorial-of-saints-isaac-jogues-jean-de.html

Dogs, Sheep, Goats and People Gathered at Knock for the Blessing of Pets CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 11, 2016 ... not necessarily imply that I agree or accept the contents of the article as being necessarily factual in theology, dogma or otherwise. Kieran McCartan ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/dogs-sheep-goats-and-people-gathered-at.html

Worth Revisiting - A Glimpse of St. Louis Bertrand HARVESTING THE FRUITS OF CONTEMPLATION - October 11, 2016 ... hundred and seven years after the death of St. Vincent Ferrer, another Dominican saint was born in Valencia – St. Louis Bertrand. He was actually baptized in the same Church and font in which St. Vincent had been baptized. Louis's father, John, was related to and had an ardent devotion to Saint Vincent . He passed that devotion to his son – one which Louis treasured throughout his life. Louis has been described as "a fretful child and nothing ...http://harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/2016/10/worth-revisiting-glimpse-of-st-louis.html

St. Bruno, Founder of the Carthusians and Patron Against Diabolic Possession CATHOLIC FIRE - October 6, 2016 ... French Alps. There they built a hermitage, consisting of a few log cabins opening towards a gallery which allowed them access to the communal areas of the community -- church, refectory, and chapter room -- without having to suffer too much from intemperate conditions. After six years of a pleasant solitary life, Bruno was called by Pope Urban II to the service of the Holy See. As a personal adviser to the Pope (a former student), Bruno felt uncomfortable in the Pontifical Court. He lived in ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/10/st-bruno-founder-of-carthusians-and.html

Director's Commentary: Pulp Catholicism #044 THE B-MOVIE CATECHISM - October 4, 2016 As today is the feast of St. Francis, it seemed like a good time to dust off this old cartoon about the patron Saint of all animals and spruce it up with a bit of color. As for the subject matter, well, if St. Columba could allegedly chase off Nessie , then certainly St. Francis could preach to her. And no doubt he would be happy to do so. Writing about St. Francis, G. K. Chesterton would say… "He never forgot to take pleasure in a bird as it flashed ...http://b-moviecat.blogspot.com/2016/10/directors-commentary-pulp-catholicism.html

St. Raphael, Patron of Healing, Pray for Me SEASONS OF GRACE - September 29, 2016 ... evil king Sennaherib, Tobit—who respected the Jewish burial customs—buried the bodies of Jews who had been executed by Sennaherib in Nineveh. Because of this, the king ordered Tobit to be captured and killed. Tobit fled and hid among his kinsmen. One day, Tobit was looking toward the sky when some bird droppings landed in his eyes and blinded him. No longer able to work because of his blindness, Tobit did not curse God, but instead prayed for God to end his life. As Tobit was ...http://seasonsofgrace.net/st-raphael-patron-of-healing-pray-for-me/

Saints Cosmas and Damian CATHOLIC FIRE - September 26, 2016 Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Dressing a Chest Wound by Antoine de Favray Photo Credit: Welcome Library September 26 is the optional memorial of Sts. Cosmas and Damian. Cosmas and Damian were twin bothers born in Syria in the third century. They were also doctors, and they became known as "the holy money-less ones" because they cared for the sick free of charge. The strange practice of accepting no money for medical care was their way of embodying ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/09/saints-cosmas-and-damian.html