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Saint Joan of Arc, "The Maid of Orléans" BIG C CATHOLICS - May 29, 2017 ... despite the obvious differences in culture, two things regarding this saint remain constant. The first is her willingness to respond to God, and the second is her commitment to persevere in that response no matter how high the cost. Joan was the youngest of five children, born into a comfortable peasant family in the region of Domremy-Greux, France, in 1412. Until the age of 13, there was nothing that set her apart from her peers, nor hinted at the life she ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/saint-joan-of-arc-maid-of-orleans.html

Saint Joan of Arc, Patroness of Soldiers JEAN M. HEIMANN - May 29, 2017 Joan of Arc listening to his voice by Léon-François Bénouville The saint of the day for May 30th is the courageous warrior Saint Joan of Arc, French national heroine, who was born in Domremy, France, 1412 and died in Rouen, France, 1431. At the age of 13, Joan began to hear the voices of Saints Michael the Archangel , Margaret of Antioch , and Catherine of Alexandria , telling her that she had been chosen to free her country ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/saint-joan-arc-patroness-soldiers/

St. Philip Neri: Patron Saint of Joy JEAN M. HEIMANN - May 26, 2017 ... Philip had a strong aptitude for business. Soon after his arrival, Philip began speaking of his conversion, which dramatically changed his life. He left his relative's home and set out for Rome, as he had a vision that he had a mission to fulfill there. He left without money or a specific plan, trusting in God's providence. In Rome, he found shelter in the home of Galeotto Caccia who offered him an attic and a few basic necessities in exchange for tutoring his two sons. During his first two ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/st-philip-neri-patron-saint-joy/

Saint Simon Stock: Recipient of the Brown Scapular JEAN M. HEIMANN - May 16, 2017 The saint of the day for May 16, Saint Simon Stock, was born in Aylesford in County Kent, England in 1165. Although we know little about Simon Stock's early life, tradition has it that starting at age twelve, he lived as a hermit. He received the name "stock" because he lived in the hollowed trunk or stock of an oak tree. He ate herbs, roots, and wild apples and drank only water. In 1212, he joined the Carmelites and three years later, he ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/saint-simon-stock-recipient-brown-scapular/

Metropolitan Philotheos of Meloa Reposed in the Lord BYZANTINE, TEXAS - May 15, 2017 ... years, he served as deacon at the parish of St. Artemios in Athens and then was assigned as a deacon of the Cathedral in Athens where he served until 1960. During this time he also officiated at worship services in the Chapel of the Royal Palace, alternating with another deacon. In 1960, he came to the United States at the invitation of Archbishop Iakovos and served as his deacon until 1961, when he was ordained to the holy priesthood at the Holy Cross Chapel in Brookline, Mass. He was ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2017/05/metropolitan-philotheos-of-meloa.html

Of Baptisms and Mother's Day BLESSED BY GOD - May 13, 2017 ... world! Born on the Feast of the Annunciation and Baptized on the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima! What an amazing grace for him that I'm sure he will have to call on many times in his life. And now for Mother's Day. I don't know very many moms that like Mother's Day. It's alot of pressure all around and I, for one, don't need more pressure and expectation in my life. After all why celebrate ME when at the end of everyday the last thought in my head is "they deserve ...http://ekblad9.blogspot.com/2017/05/of-baptisms-and-mothers-day.html

Saint Damien of Molokai, Priest and Missionary BIG C CATHOLICS - May 9, 2017 Joseph De Veuster, the future Father Damien, was born at Tremelo in Belgium, January 3rd, 1840. His was a large family and his father was a farmer-merchant. When his oldest brother entered the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts (called 'Picpus' after the street in Paris where its Generalate was located), his father planned that Joseph should take charge of the family business. Joseph, however, decided to become a religious. At the beginning of 1859 he entered the novitiate ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/saint-damien-of-molokai-priest-and.html

Venerable Father Solanus Casey to Be Beatified BIG C CATHOLICS - May 4, 2017 ... seminary largely because most of his classes were conducted in German and Latin; languages with which he was unfamiliar. On July 24th 1904, Casey was ordained a priest. Because he was judged to have performed insufficiently in his theological studies, Father Casey was ordained as a "sacerdos simplex" priest, (i.e. a priest who can't hear confessions or preach doctrinal sermons.) Following his ordination, Casey served in a succession of assignments around New York City, where ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/venerable-father-solanus-casey-to-be.html

Optional Memorial of Saint Louis-Marie De Montfort BIG C CATHOLICS - April 27, 2017 April 28th, is the optional memorial of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion De Montfort (1673 – 1716). De Montfort's life is inseparable from his prodigious efforts to promote genuine devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church. " Totus tuus" (completely yours) was De Montfort's personal motto; Karol Wojtyla chose it as his episcopal motto. Born in the Breton village of Montfort, close to Rennes (France), as an adult ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/optional-memorial-of-saint-louis-marie.html