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Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Priest and Martyr BIG C CATHOLICS - April 23, 2017 April 24th, is the optional memorial of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1577-1622), the 17th century Capuchin priest and martyr who played an important role in the Counter-Reformation, and was brutally murdered by his opponents at Seewis im Prättigau, in present day Switzerland. Fidelis has been called the "protomartyr of the Capuchin Order and of the Propaganda in Rome." He was devoted to Mary. Fidelis was born in 1577, in Germany. After studying law ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/saint-fidelis-of-sigmaringen-priest-and.html

Homily - 23 April 2017 - Why Did John Not Write More? SERVANT AND STEWARD - April 23, 2017 The Second Sunday of Easter (A) Divine Mercy Sunday Dear brothers and sisters, If, as Saint John says, "Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book," why does he not include some of them in his Gospel ( John 20:30 )? He writes but one more chapter in which he records the miraculous catch of fish, Jesus' command for Saint Peter to "feed my sheep," and the Lord's prediction of Peter's death ( John 21:17 ; cf. ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/OhEL/~3/OaFK9Y-70zc/homily-23-april-2017-why-did-john-not.html

Be Born From Above YOUR DAILY TRIPOD - April 23, 2017 ... "Amen, amen, I say to you unless one is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, 'You must be born from above.' The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the ...http://yourdailytripod.blogspot.com/2017/04/be-born-from-above.html

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen ATONEMENTONLINE - April 23, 2017 St. Fidelis was born Mark Rey and took the name of "Fidelis" when he joined the Capuchin Order at the age of 35 in 1612. He was born at Sigmaringen, a town in modern-day Germany. He studied law and philosophy at Freiburg. St. Fidelis subsequently taught philosophy at the University of Freiburg, ultimately earning a "doctor of laws". During his time as a student he did not drink wine, and wore a hair-shirt. He was known for his modesty, meekness, and ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/04/st-fidelis-of-sigmaringen.html

For Those Who Mourn MARIA CLIMBS A MOUNTAIN - April 22, 2017 ... that chair. But you know different. She's, after all, Saint Louise de Marillac. And she's your director for this year's retreat on the Beatitudes. She pats the Bible on her lap. She opens her mouth to speak and her voice is comfortingly soft. " Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted .... I believe you know enough about me that you will understand why this has been my favorite Beatitude. I've had a lifetime of mourning. Later in life, I understood my way to ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DrinkDeeplyMyDaughter/~3/BXhlaB8BUwc/for-those-who-mourn.html

Saint Anslem: Benedictine Monk and Doctor of the Church JEAN M. HEIMANN - April 21, 2017 April 21 is the feast of Saint Anslem, a Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and theologian, who held the office of archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. He is a Doctor of the Church who is known as "the most luminous and penetrating intellect between St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas" and "the Father of Scholasticism." He preferred to defend the Faith using intellectual reasoning rather than with Scripture passages. The genius of Saint ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/04/saint-anslem-benedictine-monk-doctor-church/

Saint Anselm, the "Father of Scholasticism" BIG C CATHOLICS - April 20, 2017 April 21st, is the optional memorial of Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)., also known as Anselm of Aosta and Anselm of Bec, the 11th century Benedictine abbot, archbishop, theologian and philosopher. He was born in the Italian town of Aosta, the eldest child of a noble family. His mother gave him a careful academic and Christian education. At 15, he sought entry to a monastery, but was refused over his father's objections. Later, Anselm experienced ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/saint-anselm-father-of-scholasticism.html

St. Agnes of Montepulciano, Dominican Mystic JEAN M. HEIMANN - April 19, 2017 ... to kiss Agnes' foot, the saint raised it up toward her so she would not have to bend so far. Catherine may not have been completely surprised, as miracles surrounded Agnes' life. This holy virgin was born in 1268 in a little village near Montepulciano, Italy to the affluent De Segni family. When she was born, mysterious flashing bright lights illuminated the house where she was born, announcing her birth. At ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/04/st-agnes-montepulciano-dominican-mystic/

Tone Deaf Article on Josaphat Kuntsevych BYZANTINE, TEXAS - April 13, 2017 ... axe by a mob in his archdiocese of Vitebsk. Pope Pius IX declared him a saint in 1867. "St. Josaphat was a key person to our order," said Haber. "He renewed our order by making substantial reforms to the monastic life of that time, giving the monastic life a structure similar to the modern Orders and centralizing the monasteries." Haber brought with him relics of the saint — a finger bone of St. Josaphat as well as a scrap of his clothing. "We were ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2017/04/tone-deaf-article-on-josaphat-kuntsevych.html

St Gemma Galgani COMMUNIO - April 11, 2017 For years I have been intrigued by today's saint, Gemma Galgani. Several of my friends have a devotion to Galgani, yet she has basically remained a name for me until now. It is an interesting event that her feast day this is not on Holy Saturday as when she died, but it is during the week we call great and holy. One striking thing is that St. Gemma was not a professed member of the Passionist Order yet she intimately linked to its spiritual patrimony. A biographer writes, ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2017/04/st-gemma-galgani/

The Donkey at the Waterwheel - Malcolm M. Kennedy - The Lay Spirituality of St. Josemaría Escrivá BOOK REVIEWS AND MORE - April 10, 2017 ... history of Opus Dei, Part biography of St. Josemaria Escriva and a bit of personal reflection from the author. The second part of the book is one of Saint Josemaria's homilies, Passionately Loving the World . And together the 42 pages in this volume bring encouragement, and reminders about what we are here, and what our role should be. Here are a few of the sections I highlighted while reading through this book. I hope this sampling will pique your interest in pursuing this ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BookReviewsAndMore/~3/XjEXMAJrDBA/the-donkey-at-waterwheel-malcolm-m.html

Saint Julie Billiart CATHOLIC LIGHT - RADICAL FAITH & TRUST - April 8, 2017 SAINT OF THE DAY - ST. JULIE BILLIART St. Julie Billiart (1751-1816) was born in Cuvilly, France, to a large and prosperous farming family. By the age of seven she knew her catechism by heart, and would gather her playmates together and teach it to them. Her spiritual progress was so remarkable that her parish priest allowed her to make an early first communion at the age of nine, at which time she took a vow of chastity. As a teenager she already had ...http://tsahaylu.blogspot.com/2017/04/saint-julie-billiart.html

John Baptist De La Salle: Patron Saint of Teachers JEAN M. HEIMANN - April 7, 2017 The saint of the day for April 7 is St. John Baptist de la Salle, father of modern education and the patron saint of teachers. He is known for promoting and reforming Christian education, especially among the poor. John Baptist de la Salle was born at Rheims in France in 1651. He was the oldest of ten children in a noble family. After ordination to the priesthood, he devoted himself to the education of boys and the founding of schools for ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/04/john-baptist-de-la-salle-patron-saint-teachers/

Saint of the Day: John Baptist De La Salle DA MIHI ANIMAS - April 7, 2017 The following comes from the Christian Brothers site: John Baptist de La Salle was born into a world very different from our own. He was the first son of wealthy parents living in France over 300 years ago. Born at Reims, John Baptist de La Salle received the tonsure at age eleven and was named Canon of the Reims Cathedral at sixteen. Though he had to assume the administration of family affairs after his parents died, he completed his theological studies ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2017/04/saint-of-day-john-baptist-de-la-salle.html

Saint Julie Billiart, Visionary and Foundress BIG C CATHOLICS - April 7, 2017 April 8th is the optional memorial of Saint Julie Billiart. For the little girl who loved to play "school" as a child, founding a religious order dedicated to the education of the young was something that God apparently had in mind for her all along. Although her own formal education was very rudimentary, St. Julie Billiart was very well versed in the teachings of the Catholic faith, and she dedicated her life to passing them on to the generations that came after her. ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/saint-julie-billiart-visionary-and.html

Saint William of Paris, Abbot and Reformer JEAN M. HEIMANN - April 6, 2017 On April 6, we celebrate the feast of Saint William of Paris, also known as Saint William of Eskilsoe. William (1105 – 1203) was born in Paris of a noble French family. He was educated by the monks of Saint-Germain-des-Pres under the direction of his Uncle Hugh, the abbot. From there, he was received by the chapter of secular canons of St. Genevieve. This was already a venerable college of canons, having been founded ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/04/saint-william-paris-abbot-reformer/

Saint John the Baptist De La Salle, Patron of Teachers BIG C CATHOLICS - April 6, 2017 April 7th, is the optional memorial for Saint John Baptist de la Salle. He was born at Rheims, France in 1651, became a member of the cathedral chapter at Rheims when he was sixteen, and was ordained a priest in 1678. Soon after ordination he was put in charge of a girls' school, and in 1679 he met Adrian Nyel, a layman who wanted to open a school for boys. Two schools were started, and Canon de la Salle became dedicated to the field of education. He took ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/saint-john-baptist-de-la-salle-patron.html

St. Vincent Ferrer ATONEMENTONLINE - April 5, 2017 St. Vincent Ferrer is the patron saint of builders because of his fame for "building up" and strengthening the Church, through his preaching, missionary work, in his teachings, as confessor and adviser. Born in 1357, when he was eighteen years old he entered the Order of St. Dominic. He was a brilliant student, and soon after his profession he was commissioned to deliver lectures on philosophy while continuing his studies, and eventually he received ...http://atonementparish.blogspot.com/2017/04/st-vincent-ferrer.html

Saint Isidore of Seville: Patron Saint of the Internet JEAN M. HEIMANN - April 4, 2017 Today is the optional memorial of Saint Isidore of Seville, the patron saint of the Internet and the author of the first encyclopedia. A Confessor, Doctor of the Church, and Bishop of Seville, Isidore was born in Cartagena, Spain, 560 and died in Seville, Spain in 636. He was younger brother to Saint Fulgentius of Astigi and Saint Florentina and succeeded his brother, Leander, a monk, to the See of Seville ...http://www.jeanmheimann.com/2017/04/saint-isidore-seville-patron-saint-internet/

Saint Vincent Ferrer, the "Angel of the Judgment" BIG C CATHOLICS - April 4, 2017 April 5th, is the optional memorial of Saint Vincent Ferrer, the 14th century Dominican priest who was instrumental in helping end the Western Schism or Papal Schism. Throughout her history, the Church has weathered many crises, and 600 years ago, St. Vincent Ferrer found himself in the midst of a major divide. The Church, and the papacy in particular, was going through a time of unprecedented upheaval, governed for 36 years by two and sometimes three "popes," with ...http://www.bigccatholics.com/2017/04/saint-vincent-ferrer-angel-of-judgment.html

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