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St. Giles, Patron of the Poor and Disabled CATHOLIC FIRE - September 1, 2015 The saint of the day for September 1 is St. Giles (650-710), abbot, hermit, and patron of the poor and disabled. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers , Saint Giles is invoked for protection in times of plague and epidemic. Giles was born to a wealthy Greek family during the 6th century. When his parents died, he gave away all of his wealth to the poor and the sick and attracted many followers who wished to emulate his piety. ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/08/st-giles-patron-of-poor-and-disabled.html
St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr CATHOLIC FIRE - August 10, 2015 ... --Tintoretto In great anger, the Prefect condemned Lawrence to a slow, cruel death. Lawrence was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by little. St. Lawrence said: "I offer myself as a sacrifice to God for an odor of sweetness." Lawrence was burning with so much love of God that he almost did not feel the flames. In fact, God gave him so much strength and joy that he even joked. "Turn me over. "I'm done on this side!" And just prior to his death, he said, ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/08/st-lawrence-deacon-and-martyr.html
Newspaper Column, Back to the Basics PONDER THESE THINGS IN YOUR HEART - July 9, 2015 ... guy who came up with "A.D. and B.C." He lived in the 6 th Century. By the way, this may seem trivial, but I think it's a basic: our culture has largely removed A.D and B.C. and replaced it with "CE and BCE" (Common Era and Before Common Era). I had a college professor who threatened to take off points from our papers if we used the old way. Out of spite and stubbornness, I used "A.D and B.C." And I still do. To some this might be silly, but it is one way I refuse to become secular and I will ...http://ponderintheheart.blogspot.com/2015/07/newspaper-column-back-to-basics.html
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati Week JOURNEY OF A CATHOLIC NERD WRITER - June 29, 2015 ... was my go-to saint for the majority of my 20s and I know they will both remain with me into my 30s. So, what does a fangirl do on the 90th anniversary of (one of) her favorite saint's (or, blessed in this case) death / unofficial feast day? Celebrate! No, it's not morbid. I'm not celebrating the fact that he died; I'm celebrating the fact that he existed and that, through him, God was able to give us a wonderful example of how it is possible to live a good, ...http://catholicnerdwriter.blogspot.com/2015/06/bl-pier-giorgio-frassati-week.html
Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - June 17, 2015 http://predmore.blogspot.com/2015/06/twelfth-sunday-of-ordinary-time.html
St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) BATTLE BEADS BLOG - June 13, 2015 ... Franciscan martyrs went through the Portuguese city where he was stationed, he was again filled with an intense longing to be one of those closest to Jesus himself: those who die for the Good News. So Anthony entered the Franciscan Order and set out to preach to the Moors. But an illness prevented him from achieving that goal. He went to Italy and was stationed in a small hermitage where he spent most of his time praying, reading the Scriptures and doing menial tasks. The call of God came ...http://battlebeads.blogspot.com/2015/06/st-anthony-of-padua-1195-1231.html