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Saint of the Day: Rita of Cascia DA MIHI ANIMAS - May 22, 2015 ... St. Rita of Cascia; a patroness of hopeless causes! The following comes from Catholic Online: Augustinian nun, also called Margarita. She was born in Roccaporena, near Spoleto, Italy, in 1381, and expressed from an early age the desire to become a nun. Her elderly parents insisted that she be married at the age of twelve to a man described in accounts of her life as cruel and harsh. She spent eighteen extremely unhappy years, had two sons, and was finally widowed when her ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/05/saint-of-day-rita-of-cascia.html

May 20 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. Bernardine of Siena AIRMARIA.COM - May 20, 2015 Homily #150520 ( 05min) Play – Born on the birthday of Our Lady, this Marian Saint received the special care of the Mediatrix of All Graces, for the good of souls, the glory of God and the Holy Name of Jesus. Ave Maria! Mass: St. Bernardine of Siena – Feast – Form: OF Readings: 1st: act 4:8-12 Resp: psa 145:1-6, 21 Gsp: joh 14:12-17 Audio (MP3) +++http://airmaria.com/2015/05/20/may-20-homily-fr-ignatius-st-bernardine-of-siena/

May 20 - Homily for Today FATHER BILL DINGA'S BLOG - May 20, 2015 Bernardine of Siena was a Friar Minor who was born in Massa de Carrara, Italy in 1380, and died of natural causes in Aquila, Italy in 1444. He was a priest, itinerant preacher, and theological writer. His preaching skills were so great, and the conversions so numerous that he has become associated with all areas of speaking, advertising and public relations. He was a renowned peacemaker, in the Franciscan tradition, who tried to calm feuding clans and factions in the ...http://fatherbill1975.blogspot.com/2015/05/may-20-homily-for-today.html

The Joyful Saint HOPE-FULL SIGNS - May 19, 2015 ... there are no more powerful means to obtain God's grace than to employ the intercession of the Holy Virgin" (St. Philip Neri) This coming Tuesday, May 26, we celebrate the 500 th birthday of St. Philip Neri, the patron saint of Joy! Our Sisters are very much aware of St. Philip because we worship and serve in a parish staffed by priests of the Congregation of the Oratory which was founded by St. Philip. The Oratorians have helped us get to know St. Philip; ...http://hopefullsigns.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-joyful-saint.html

St. Celestine V: The Holy Hermit Who Served As Pope for Five Months CATHOLIC FIRE - May 19, 2015 The saint of the day for May 19 is Saint Celestine V, Pope, a holy hermit and the founder of the Celestine Order. He is also known as Peter Celestine, Peter Morrone, and Pietro del Morrone. Born in Isernia, Italy, in 1215, Peter was the eleventh of twelve children of humble, pious parents. His father died when he was very young. When his mother would ask, "Which one of you is going to become a saint?" ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/05/st-celestine-v-holy-hermit-who-served.html

St. Bernardine of Siena: "Apostle of Italy" CATHOLIC FIRE - May 19, 2015 May 20 is the feast of St. Bernardine of Siena, a Franciscan priest and missionary, who popularized the devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. He is known as "the Apostle of Italy" for his efforts to revive the country's Catholic faith during the 15th century. Born in 1380 in Tuscany, Bernardine's parents died when he was seven years old. He was raised by a pious aunt as her own child. As a youth, he loved the Blessed Virgin Mary and spoke to her as a child ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/05/st-bernardine-of-siena-apostle-of-italy.html

Cyprian Davis, OSB, Dead at 84 COMMUNIO - May 18, 2015 The monastic community of Saint Meinrad announced the death of their confrere, Father Cyprian Davis yesterday. Those of us who are Oblates of Saint Meinrad will recall with great admiration the life and work of this monk and priest of Jesus Christ. Prayers for Dom Cyprian and those who survive him. The official obituary reads: Fr. Cyprian Davis, OSB, monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, died on May ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2015/05/cyprian-davis-osb-dead-at-84/

Saint of the Day: Leonard Murialdo DA MIHI ANIMAS - May 18, 2015 Today we remember Saint Leonard Murialdo. Here is the story on this great man from the SDB website: Leonard Murialdo was born in Turin in 1828, eighth child of a well-to-do family. He lost his father at just four years of age, however he received an excellent Catholic education at the Scolopian College in Savona. As a youth he went through a profound spiritual crisis which converted him and helped him discover his priestly vocation. In Turin he took up ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/05/saint-of-day-leonard-murialdo.html

The Story of Saint Mariam Baouardy DA MIHI ANIMAS - May 18, 2015 ... Southern Syria in the Ottoman Empire. Mariam was their 13th child and first daughter, none of her preceding brothers had survived infancy. She was born after a trip the couple made a pilgrimage on foot to Bethlehem, some 70 miles away, out of desperation after the loss of their children. When they were later blessed with the birth of a daughter, they named her after the Virgin Mary, out of gratitude. She was joined by a new brother, Boulos, two years later. Baouardy's parents ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-story-of-saint-mariam-baouardy.html

In Honor of the 95th Anniversary of Saint John Paul the Great's Birth - A Retrospective BIG C CATHOLICS - May 17, 2015 Saint Pope John Paul the Great Karol Józef Wojtyła was born 95 years ago, on May 20, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, the youngest of three children, to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Wojtyla, (née Kaczorowska). The future pope's father was a non-commissioned officer of the Imperial Royal Army and a Polish Army captain. His mother had a premonition about her youngest child saying, "Karol is destined to behttp://www.bigccatholics.com/2015/05/in-honor-of-95th-anniversary-of-saint.html

Saint Mariam Baouardy COMMUNIO - May 17, 2015 Earlier today in Rome, the Holy Father canonized some new saints. Among the 4 new saints is Saint Mariam Baouardy (5 January 1846 – 26 August 1878), a Discalced Carmelite nun of the Melkite Catholic Church. She was born to Greek Catholic parents in Ibillin, Galilee. Saint Mariam had the distinguished reputation of being a mystic and a person gifted with the experience of the holy stigmata (the physical wounds in the hands and feet ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2015/05/saint-mariam-baouardy/

Canonized Today, May 17: St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, OCD ABBEY ROADS - May 17, 2015 Saint Mariam Baouardy -The Lily of Palestine 1846-1878 The story of St. Mary of Jesus Crucified is amazing. From Mystics of the Church : Saint Mariam Baouardy -The Lily of Palestine - Extraordinary Mystic, Stigmatic and Victim Soul (1846-1878) Saint Mariam Baouardy, known in religion as Mariam of Jesus Crucified, was born in Ibillin, located in the hill country of upper Galilee, Palestine. Her family originated in ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2015/05/canonized-today-may-17-st-mary-of-jesus.html

Saint Peregrine Laziosi COMMUNIO - May 16, 2015 On this feast of Saint Peregrine, the Church prays: Eternal Father, I wish to honor St. Peregrine, and I give Thee thanks for all the graces Thou hast bestowed upon him. I ask Thee to please increase grace in my soul through the merits of this saint, and I commit the end of my life to him by this special prayer, so that by virtue of Thy goodness and promise, St. Peregrine might be my advocate and provide whatever is needed at that hour. Amen A biography of ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2015/05/saint-peregrine-laziosi/

Saint of the Day: Luigi Orione DA MIHI ANIMAS - May 16, 2015 Luigi Orione was born in Pontecurone, diocese of Tortona, on June 23, 1872. At 13 he entered the Franciscan Friary of Voghera, but he left after one year due to poor health. From 1886 to 1889 he was a pupil of Saint John Bosco at the Valdocco Oratory in Turin. He gained the attention of St. John Bosco, who numbered him among his favorite pupils. Since the age of thirteen, Luigi suffered from health problems. However, three years later, at age the age ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/05/saint-of-day-luigi-orione.html

St. Isidore the Farmer ATONEMENTONLINE - May 15, 2015 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/2015/05/st-isidore-farmer.html

Thursday, May 14, 2015 FR. CARMEN MELE, O.P.: TODAY'S HOMILETTE - May 14, 2015 Feast of Saint Matthias, apostle (Acts 1:15-17.20-26; John 15:9-17) A mother was concerned about the bad habits developing in her teenage daughter. She saw as the source of the girl's vices the friends with whom she was associating. So the mother challenged the teenager to give up the friends – a move which was initially resented but in time came to be appreciated. People are not only known by the friends they have but become like them. For this reason we hear ...http://cbmdominicanpreacher.blogspot.com/2015/05/thursday-may-14-2015_14.html

Saint of the Day: Mary Domenica Mazzarello DA MIHI ANIMAS - May 13, 2015 Maria Domenica was born on 9th May 1837 at Mornese in the Alessandria region of Italy. In her family she received a grounding in solid piety, hard work and a remarkable common sense and judgement which stood her in good stead when she became a Religious Superior. At the age of fifteen she enrolled in the Association of Daughters of Mary Immaculate and started to take part in apostolic work for the girls of the area. A serious bout of typhoid contracted when ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/05/saint-of-day-mary-domenica-mazzarello.html

Blogging Around: The "I Didn't Know That" Edition HAPPY CATHOLIC* - May 13, 2015 ... that this is some kind of theological innovation and even (wink, wink) that this implies the church may have moved closer to modernizing its stance (that "catch up with modern times" riff was amazing) on the sanctity of unborn life. As GetReligion breaks it down, we see the problems inherent in the NY Post's "The Catholic Church Will Now Forgive Your Abortion" story. They've got links to the original story and good commentary on the truth and the misrepresentation in the ...http://happycatholic.blogspot.com/2015/05/blogging-around-i-didnt-know-that.html

Saints Nereus, Achilles, Pancras, Martyrs CATHOLIC FIRE - May 12, 2015 ... Saints Nereus, Achilles, and Pancras, martyrs. Nereus and Achilles were soldiers in the Praetorian Guard, who became Christians--baptized by Saint Peter, it is said--and decided that they must give up fighting. They escaped from the guard, but were discovered and sent into exile first to the island of Pontia with Saint Flavia Domitilla and then to Terracina. There during the reign of Emperor Trajan in 100 A.D. both saints were beheaded. Their sepulcher is ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/05/saints-nereus-achilles-pancras-martyrs.html

St. Ignatius of Laconi, Humble and Charitable Capuchin CATHOLIC FIRE - May 11, 2015 The saint of the day for May 11th is St. Ignatius of Laconi, OFMCap. Born on December 18, 1701 the second of seven children, to a poor Italian farming family, he received the name Francis Ignatius Vincent after St. Francis of Assisi, who had interceded for his safe delivery at birth. In turn, his mother promised the saint that she would name her unborn baby Francis and that he would join the Capuchins as an adult. Vincent was ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/05/st-ignatius-of-laconi-humble-and.html

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