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Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop and Missionary Who Converted Pagan Britain BIG C CATHOLICS - May 26, 2017 May 27th, is the optional memorial of St. Augustine of Canterbury. He was born in Rome and died in Canterbury, England. An Italian Benedictine monk, at the behest of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, he founded the See of Canterbury and preached the Catholic faith to Britain's Anglo-Saxon pagans during the late 6th and early 7th centuries. St. Augustine was the first Archbishop of Canterbury. _______________________________________________ ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/saint-augustine-of-canterbury-bishop.html

"Dying and Rising With Him" by Colleen O'Sullivan YOUR DAILY TRIPOD - May 26, 2017 Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision, "Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you. No one will attack and harm you, for I have many people in this city." He settled there for a year and a half and taught the word of God among them. (Acts 18:9-11) Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but ...http://yourdailytripod.blogspot.com/2017/05/dying-and-rising-with-him-by-colleen.html

St. Philip Neri: Patron Saint of Joy JEAN M. HEIMANN - May 26, 2017 May 26 is the feast of St. Philip Neri. He has a special place in my heart because he was on fire with love for the Lord and had a wonderful way of drawing others to the Faith — through his warm sense of humor and charismatic personality. He treated everyone with equal dignity and respect and dedicated himself to helping others, regardless of their class or their state in life He demonstrated heroic charity and desired to bring all into a deeper relationship with ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/st-philip-neri-patron-saint-joy/

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 ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/saint-philip-neri-priest-third-apostle.html

Novena: Prelude MAN WITH BLACK HAT - May 25, 2017 ... name. We here at man with black hat will present our exclusive adaptation of the mother of all novenas, that which is devoted to the Holy Spirit, over the next nine days. Stay ...http://manwithblackhat.blogspot.com/2017/05/novena-prelude.html

Pope St. Gregory VII, Reformer Who Courageously Defended Church Authority BIG C CATHOLICS - May 24, 2017 May 25th, is the optional memorial of Pope Saint Gregory VII. In the late 10th and early 11th centuries, kings influenced the selection of Church leaders, often appropriating that responsibility completely. Monarchs installed the bishops, and occasionally, even the popes, they wanted in office. The practice, known as "lay investiture", severely limited the Church's ability to assert Her spiritual authority. The pope who abolished this practice was Pope ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/pope-st-gregory-vii-reformer-who.html

St. Rita of Cascia: Patroness of the Impossible JEAN M. HEIMANN - May 22, 2017 The saint of the day for May 22 is St. Rita of Cascia, religious, patroness of impossible, desperate causes and situations. She is also the patron saint of abuse victims, difficult marriages, infertility, parenthood, sterility, and widows. St. Rita was born at Rocca Porena, Italy, in 1386 to Antonio and Amata Lotti, who were quite advanced in years. Rita's birth was an answer to their prayers. The family was well-known ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/st-rita-cascia-patroness-impossible/

St. Rita of Cascia, Religious, Patron of the Impossible BIG C CATHOLICS - May 21, 2017 May 22nd, is the optional memorial of Saint Rita of Cascia. Most Catholics are familiar with Saint Jude as the patron saint of hopeless causes. What they might not know, however, is that there is another patron of the impossible, whose very life reflects faith in God despite difficult circumstances. She is St. Rita of Cascia. Born in Italy in 1381, Rita expressed an interest in religious life at a very ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/st-rita-of-cascia-religious-patron-of.html

St. Rita of Cascia ATONEMENTONLINE - May 21, 2017 St. Rita was born into a happy and faithful Catholic family, and from the time of her childhood she had a very deep desire to live a life pleasing to God. In fact, her parents gave her a little room in their home as an oratory, where she spent all her spare moments. At the age of twelve, however, she wanted to consecrate herself to God by joining a religious community. As pious as her parents were, they pleaded with Rita not to do that, and instead they arranged for her to ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/05/st-rita-of-cascia.html

St. Bernardine of Siena, the Apostle of Italy BIG C CATHOLICS - May 19, 2017 On May 20th, the Church celebrates the optional memorial of Saint Bernardine of Siena. If Bernardine were alive today, there is no doubt that he would be a media sensation. Renowned as one of the most influential preachers of his time, he was even compared to St. Paul by Pope Pius II for both his zeal and the charismatic nature of his words. Though not without his detractors, who would themselves be silenced by Pope Martin V, Bernardine became known as ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/st-bernardine-of-siena-apostle-of-italy.html

Saint John I, Pope and Martyr JEAN M. HEIMANN - May 18, 2017 On May 18, the Church honors the first Pope St. John in its history. Saint John I, a martyr, was incarcerated and starved to death by a heretical Germanic king during the sixth century. Pope John was born in Tuscany. He served as an archdeacon for several years before being elected Pope on the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. He was a friend and confidant of the philosopher Boethius. In 525 Pope John was sent to Constantinople by ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/saint-john-pope-martyr/

Paschal Baylon: "Saint of the Holy Eucharist" JEAN M. HEIMANN - May 17, 2017 The saint of the day for May 17th is St. Paschal Baylon (May 24, 1540 – May 15, 1592), a lay brother and Spanish mystic. Born in a small village in between Castille and Aragon in Spain, on Pentecost in 1540, he was christened Pascua (meaning "the pasch of the Holy Ghost") in honor of the feast. As a young man, until he was twenty-four years old, he worked as a shepherd for his poor, but pious ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/paschal-baylon-saint-holy-eucharist/

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 ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/05/saint-simon-stock-recipient-brown-scapular/

St. Paschal Baylon, Saint of the Eucharist BIG C CATHOLICS - May 16, 2017 Detail, Saint Paschal Baylon's vision of the Eucharist , Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, c. 1767, London. Saint Paschal Baylon (1540 – 1592) was active during what is known as the Golden Age of the Church in Spain. Some of his contemporaries included Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Francis Xavier, and Saint Teresa of Avila, however it is doubtful that Paschal would have considered himself their equal. One ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/st-paschal-baylon-saint-of-eucharist.html

Celebrating the Feast of St. Stephen With Good King Wenceslas PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - May 16, 2017 M any of you may have forgotten (I know I almost did!) that today is the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, who's life and death is accounted for us in Acts 6 and 7 . Well, a popular Christmas carol gives us a helpful reminder. Listen via the YouTube video below. Follow along with the lyrics underneath. Good King Wenceslas looked out On the feast of Stephen When the snow lay round about Deep and crisp and even Brightly shone the moon that night Though the ...http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2016/12/celebrating-feast-of-st-stephen-with.html

The Holy Family: A Triple Threat PHAT CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS - May 16, 2017 ... your mother, find solace in Mary. She cares greatly for the entire Body of Christ, just as she cared for the literal body of Christ. Just as Sarah was the spiritual mother of the Jews (cf. 1 Pet 3:6), Mary is the spiritual mother of "those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus" (Rev 12:17). Her prayer for us will always be powerful because her will is always united with her Son's, and because "the prayer of the righteous has great power in its effects" (Jas 5:16). If you ...http://phatcatholic.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-holy-family-triple-threat.html

St. Isidore the Farmer ATONEMENTONLINE - May 15, 2017 This 19th century oil painting of St. Isidore the Farmer is located in Our Lady of the Atonement Church. St. Isidore the Farmer, born into a poor but devotedly Catholic family, wouldn't have appeared to be destined for much in life. His parents had high hopes for him, so it would seem. They named him after the great bishop of Seville, St. Isidore, but that was about all they could give him. As soon as he was old enough to labor in the fields, he was sent off to work. And ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/05/st-isidore-farmer.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 ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/05/st-isidore-patron-of-farmers-and-rural.html

Homily - 14 May 2017 - Will the Face of the God Be Enough for Us? SERVANT AND STEWARD - May 14, 2017 The Fifth Sunday of Easter (A) Dear brothers and sisters, It is a simple and beautiful prayer the Apostle Saint Philip utters today: "Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us" ( John 14:8 ). It is a plea simple, beautiful, and bold. With these words, Philip expressed the deepest yearning of the human heart, to look upon the face of the Creator. David, the great King of Israel, recognized this longing and sang to God in words each of us can also sing: "You ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/l3hnjhQkngE/homily-14-may-2017-will-face-of-god-be.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

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