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Itala Mela Beatified COMMUNIO - June 17, 2017 ... (1904-57) was beatified in La Spezia, Italy, her home town. Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, offered Mass and declared Mela a Blessed of the Church in the presence of 3000 people. The liturgical memorial of Blessed Itala Mela will be April 28, the day prior to her anniversary of death so not to conflict the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, one of the patron saints of Italy. In previous posts on ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2017/06/itala-mela-beatified/

Short Feature: Magic Mummy THE B-MOVIE CATECHISM - June 12, 2017 http://b-moviecat.blogspot.com/2017/06/short-feature-magic-mummy.html

St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church JEAN M. HEIMANN - June 12, 2017 Saint Anthony of Padua with the Infant Christ by Guercino, 1656, Bologna, Italy By Jean M. Heimann June 13 is the feast of one of my favorite saints — St. Anthony of Padua. He is a Doctor of the Church, a Franciscan priest known as the "Hammer of the Heretics", the "Wonder-Worker", and the "Living Ark of the Covenant." Countless conversions, miraculous healings, and powerful preaching were all characteristic of his ministry. He was born to a noble family in 1195 ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/06/st-anthony-padua-doctor-church/

Grace Upon Grace SHOWER OF ROSES - June 11, 2017 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/eojD/~3/4l3zs6X2LDQ/grace-upon-grace.html

St. Ephrem: Doctor of the Church JEAN M. HEIMANN - June 9, 2017 ... table. Teach us to find our joy in your favor! Lord, we have within us your memorial, received at your spiritual table; let us possess it in its full reality when all things shall be made new." ~St. Ephrem Prayer of Saint Ephrem O Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love. O Lord and King, grant me the grace to ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/06/st-ephrem-doctor-church/

Fourteen Holy Helpers A CATHOLIC LIFE - June 6, 2017 ... Helpers are a group of fourteen saints who are patrons against various diseases. Devotion to the 14 Holy Helpers originated in the 14th century largely as a result of the Black Death (the bubonic plague). The miracles attributed to these saints won for them the distinction as the 14 Holy Helpers. And even in our modern era, when we thankfully and by the grace of God have a wide number of treatments and cures for illnesses, we can invoke their patronage for the ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/_PxGweCdGF8/fourteen-holy-helpers.html

Litany of English Saints A CATHOLIC LIFE - June 6, 2017 ... divided here in several regions, were united in the same faith, and now enjoy one common felicity, * Be merciful, Spare us, O Lord. Be merciful, to us Graciously hear us, O Lord. From the dangers most justly threatening our sins, Deliver England, O Lord. *** From the spirit of pride, rebellion, and apostacy, *** From the spirit of hypocrisy, profaneness, and sacrilege, *** From the presumption of private opinion, and contempt of the authority of thy Church, *** From schism, heresy, and all ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/myST/~3/6saTWndypoM/litany-of-english-saints.html

The African Proto-Martyrs of Uganda ABBEY ROADS - June 3, 2017 ... As I noted in the past, the cultural assault on Africa is very real, as expressed by the concern voiced by African Bishops during their Rome Synod in October of 2009: "One of the major themes of the Synod has been the denunciation of Western anti-life and anti-family programs as a new form of colonialism and "cultural imperialism" from the West, which is trying to impose a set of alien values onto African society." - Archbishop Sarah, Source In no way were the African Bishops suggesting, ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-african-proto-martyrs-of-uganda.html

Saint Joan of Arc, "The Maid of Orléans" BIG C CATHOLICS - May 29, 2017 ... finally convinced him of her authenticity by first identifying him in a room of courtiers, though he was in disguise, and then revealing to him a secret known to him only. Assured by his theologians that Joan's visions were not demonic, the Dauphin helped equip her with white armor and an ancient sword. A banner, bearing the names of Jesus and Mary, was made, at her request, for her to carry into battle. Before engaging the enemy, Joan demanded that English troops withdraw from French soil. ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/saint-joan-of-arc-maid-of-orleans.html

Saint Philip Neri, Priest, the Third Apostle of Rome BIG C CATHOLICS - May 25, 2017 Saint Teresa of Avila was reported to have said, "From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, Lord deliver us." Though he probably never heard those words, one of her contemporaries, Saint Philip Neri, lived as if he had. This delightful man, known as "the cheerful saint," believed that a life of humility and piety did not exclude a person from having a sense of lightheartedness. If anything, he had a profound appreciation of humor as a Godly gift, to be used for ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/saint-philip-neri-priest-third-apostle.html

Something to Chew On TIGERISH WATERS - May 22, 2017 ... certainty, but now I no longer know what it is.... but like St Rita, carried over the convent walls by her patron saints to fulfill her vocation, this is entirely in the hands of my patrons, whatever it is. Now off to the Novus Ordo at the nearest church on my Patronal Feast ..... and receiving the Eucharist will not seem ...http://tigerishwaters.blogspot.com/2017/05/something-to-chew-on.html

St Rita - And the Real Reason I Have Loved Her THIS CROSS I EMBRACE - May 22, 2017 Today is the Feast Day of one of my most beloved Saints, a patron of the impossible causes, hopeless cases, difficult marriages, and yes, infertility. It was only brought to my attention that she is a patron for infertility a few years into the journey, when another blogger who had a particular devotion to St Rita told me all about it. She quickly became one of my favorite Saints, and not just for the infertility ...http://thiscrossiembrace.blogspot.com/2017/05/st-rita-and-real-reason-i-have-loved-her.html

Saint John Bosco Champion for the Young - Emily Beata Marsh - Encounter the Saints Series BOOK REVIEWS AND MORE - May 20, 2017 Saint John Bosco Champion for the Young Encounter the Saints Series Emily Beata Marsh FSP Wayne Alfano (Illustrator ) Pauline Books and Media ISBN 9780819890450 eISBN 9780819890467 ASIN B017S0ZN3S This is the third book in the Encounter the Saints series that I have read and it will not be the last. This is an amazing series. And even though this series was written for children, geared to the pre-teen and teen market, these are such good reads I really ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BookReviewsAndMore/~3/MXlE5TTHLx0/saint-john-bosco-champion-for-young.html

Celebrating the Feast of St. Stephen With Good King Wenceslas PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - May 16, 2017 http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2016/12/celebrating-feast-of-st-stephen-with.html

For the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - May 16, 2017 http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2016/12/for-feast-of-our-lady-of-guadalupe.html

What St. Brigid of Kildare Reminded Me JOURNEY OF A CATHOLIC NERD WRITER - May 16, 2017 ... review because, honestly, I don't like reviewing books. I don't even do it on Goodreads unless I feel like I need to warn friends or I love it so much it needs to be recommended beyond the 5-star rating I give it. I will, however, share what I got out of it in case you're wondering what the end results may be. Despite being a Hibernophile (definition: someone fond of Irish culture, history, language, and all things related to Ireland), I didn't know too much about any of the 3 ...http://catholicnerdwriter.blogspot.com/2017/05/what-st-brigid-of-kildare-reminded-me.html

All in God's Time: A Lesson From St. Monica CATHOLIC LIGHT - RADICAL FAITH & TRUST - May 15, 2017 All in God's Time: A lesson from St. Monica : "I am convinced that sometimes, the saints choose us. St. Monica is another proof to me that this is true. She was the patron of the mother whose home we recently purchased. The house was dedicated to St. Monica and when we moved in an icon of her was on our wall. She is now …" Thy Will Be Minehttp://tsahaylu.blogspot.com/2017/05/all-in-gods-time-lesson-from-st-monica.html

The King's Prey: Saint Dymphna of Ireland {Sponsored Giveaway} SHOWER OF ROSES - May 15, 2017 ... ailments, autism, intellectually handicapped, runaways, victims of family and sexual violence, the list goes on and on. So I would love to spread devotion to her in my own little way. I timed the book to release in time for her feast day, so now I just have to get the word out there!" Let's help her spread the word and increase devotion to this little-known Irish princess saint! This new addition to the God's Forgotten Friends series recently received the following endorsement from The ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/eojD/~3/uESMLYMuG84/saint-dymphna.html

St. Isidore, Patron of Farmers and Rural Communities BIG C CATHOLICS - May 14, 2017 May 15th, is the optional memorial of Saint Isidore the Farmer (1070-1130), the patron saint of farmers, laborers. peasants and rural communities. He was married to Maria de la Cabeza, who was herself a saint. Their only son died in childhood. St. Isidore was especially devoted to the poor and to animals. According to tradition, the miracle of the multiplication of food occurred when Isidore fed a flock of starving birds and again when he shared his food with a large group ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/st-isidore-patron-of-farmers-and-rural.html

St. Garbhan of Clonshambo and Athgarvan THE CATHOLIC HERITAGE ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND - May 14, 2017 ... old tent or hut"); this parish may have derived its name from the hermit's cell of one of the saints who made it their abode. St. Garbhan, brother of St. Kevin of Glendalough, was culted here on the 14th of May. In the Life of St. Kevin it is related that at one time he was inclined to wander about as a pilgrim, but St. Garbhan (probably of Clonshanbo) prevented him by observing that "it was not by flying, birds hatched their eggs. The patron saint of this ...http://catholicheritage.blogspot.com/2017/05/st-garbhan-of-clonshambo-and-athgarvan.html

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