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Jan. 31st: SAINT DON BOSCO: PASSION FOR SOULS, ZEAL FOR THE YOUNG ... MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - January 30, 2015 Jan. 31st: SAINT DON BOSCO: PASSION FOR SOULS, ZEAL FOR THE YOUNG "Every education teaches a philosophy; if not by dogma then by suggestion, by implication, by atmosphere. Every part of that education has a connection with every other part. If it does not all combine to convey some general view of life, it is not education at all" (G.K. Chesterton, The Common Man). my source: Theology of the Body In the year 1815, the major powers of the world were shaken. Napoleon was ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2015/01/jan.html

Church Triumphant: St. Agnes of Rome ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC WOMEN BLOGGERS - January 29, 2015 Every month, my dear friend Tiffany at Life of a Catholic Librarian and I pair up and share a saint whose feast day is celebrated within the respective month. The saint has to speak to us. This month, I didn't know who I would "adopt". I opened my Magnificat for January, and flipped to read the last pages first, don't you? The artwork is always stunning. There she was, St. Agnes found me. St. Agnes was born c. 291 A.D. Her feast day is ...http://associationofcatholicwomenbloggers.blogspot.com/2015/01/church-triumphant-st-agnes-of-rome.html

St. Gildas the Wise: Monk and Missionary CATHOLIC FIRE - January 29, 2015 The saint of the day for January 29th is St. Gildas the Wise, a sixth century British monk. Gildas was born in Scotland around the year 516 to a noble British family. He was educated in Wales under St. Iltut, and was a companion of St. Samson and St. Peter of Léon. Sometimes he is called "Badonicus" because his birth took place the year the Britons gained a famous victory over the Saxons at Mount Badon, near Bath, Somersetshire. Noted for his piety, ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/01/st-gildas-wise-monk-and-missionary.html

Saint of the Day: Thomas Aquinas, Angelic Doctor DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 28, 2015 ... priest and doctor of the Church, patron of all universities and of students. His feast day is January 28th. He was born toward the end of the year 1226. He was the son of Landulph, Count of Aquino, who, when St. Thomas was five years old, placed him under the care of the Benedictines of Monte Casino. His teachers were surprised at the progress he made, for he surpassed all his fellow pupils in learning as well as in the practice of virtue. When he became of age to choose his ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/01/saint-of-day-thomas-aquinas-angelic.html

St. Thomas Aquinas: "Angelic Doctor" CATHOLIC FIRE - January 28, 2015 Today is the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a 13th century Dominican priest, philosopher, and theologian. As a Doctor of the Church, he has been given the title "Angelic Doctor" and is the patron of Catholic universities and schools. St. Thomas ranks among the greatest writers and theologians of all time. His most important work, the Summa Theologiae, an explanation and summary of the entire body of Catholic teaching, has been standard for centuries, even to our own day. ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/01/st-thomas-aquinas-angelic-doctor.html

Saint Thomas Aquinas – The Angelic Doctor TOM PERNA - January 28, 2015 In his book, Saint Thomas Aquinas – "The Dumb Ox" , G.K. Chesterton says the following about great scholastic saint, "When he was not sitting still, reading a book, he walked around and round the cloisters and walked fast and even furiously, a very characteristic action of men who fight their battles in the mind. Whenever he was interrupted, he was very polite and more apologetic than the apologizer. But there was that about him, which suggested that ...http://tomperna.org/2015/01/28/saint-thomas-aquinas-the-angelic-doctor/

Saint Columban CARING CATHOLIC CONVERT - January 27, 2015 Saint Columban was one of the most esteemed Irish missionaries for the Catholic Church. He was born in or around 543 in Ireland, and as a young man struggled with his own fleshly vices. After seeking advice, Columban decided that he would remove himself entirely from the temptations that surrounded him, and he became a hermit for many years, living a life of prayer and meditation. Later, Columban traveled to France with 12 other missionaries. In France at ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CaringCatholicConvert/~3/HaEfLr3x2no/saint-columban.html

Don Bosco's Popes: Pius XII DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 27, 2015 The following comes from SDB.org: Eugene Pacelli was born in Rome on 2nd March 1876. In the brief Conclave of 1-2 March 1939 he was elected Pope. He died on 9th October 1958. He approved the Congregation's decree on Seminaries and Universities of 3rd May 1940, which formally erected the Pontifical Salesian Athenaeum (PAS) On 24th June he canonised Saint Mary Mazzarello. He beatified (5th March 1950) and canonised (12th June 1954) St. ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/01/don-boscos-popes-pius-xii.html

January 27 - Homily for Today FATHER BILL DINGA'S BLOG - January 27, 2015 Today we celebrate the venerated foundress of the Ursuline Sisters, St Angela Merici, born March 21, 1474 at Lake Garda, Italy. Angela was a Franciscan tertiary at age 15, and at that time she received a vision telling her she would inspire devout women in their vocation. In Crete, during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she was struck blind. Her friends wanted to return home, but she insisted on going on, visiting the shrines with as much devotion and enthusiasm as if she ...http://fatherbill1975.blogspot.com/2015/01/january-27-homily-for-today.html

St. Angela Merici: Founder of the Urusulines, Religious Educator of Women CATHOLIC FIRE - January 27, 2015 ... Together, with her older sister, she moved to the nearby town of Salo, to live with her uncle. When her sister died quite suddenly without receiving the last sacraments, Angela was deeply upset. At the age of 15, she became a third order Franciscan and increased her prayers and sacrifices for the repose of her sister's soul. When she asked God to reveal to her the condition of her deceased sister, He answered her prayer by showing her a vision of her sister in heaven. When her uncle died, she ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/01/st-angela-merici-founder-of-urusulines.html

Casting Out Devils From Your Life DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 27, 2015 ... discernment) states that devil likes to work in secrecy and strives to get us to keep our interior lives secret to everybody. This secrecy even includes hiding our state of soul to our Confessor or Spiritual Director. The same saint emphasizes the fact that when we are going through tough times of desolation a tactic of the devil is that he convinces us to keep it under lock and key, keep it to ourselves—top secret! As such the devil will magnify and accentuate our ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/01/casting-out-devils-from-your-life.html

Thomas Merton 100 Years LITURGY - January 26, 2015 This Saturday, 31 January [feast day of that other well-known saint ], it is 100 years since the birth of Thomas Merton. He is one of the most-influential spiritual writers of recent times. He was born in Prades, France, of a Kiwi father and American mother. His dad went to the school where I am […]http://liturgy.co.nz/thomas-merton-100-years

Don Bosco's Popes: Pius XI DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 26, 2015 The following comes from the SDB.org: Achille Ratti was born in Desio (Milan) on 31st May 1857. He became Pope on 6th February 1922. He died on 10th February 1939. In Autumn 1883, as a young priest, he went to visit St. John Bosco and his Oratory, where he stayed for two days: he too sat at table with Don Bosco and left full of profound and pleasant memories. That contact he had had with the Saint was always something he spoke about. He ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/01/don-boscos-popes-pius-xi.html

St. Bridget of Sweden ANGELS AND SAINTS . . . AND THE REST OF US - January 25, 2015 ... should die of pleasure." St. Bridget of Sweden Today is the feast day of St. Bridget of Sweden. Sometimes known as Birgitta, Bridget was born in approximately 1303 into a wealthy yet pious family. As was the custom at the time, she married young, at age 13, and went on to have eight children with her husband, Ulf Godmarsson, who was also a good and devout man. From an early age Bridget claimed to have visions and religious inspirations. These intensified after the death of her ...http://angelsandsaintsandus.blogspot.com/2011/07/st-bridget-of-sweden.html

A Church for Sinners or Saints? COUNTERCULTURAL FATHER - January 25, 2015 ... another indicator that people have lost sight of what (or more importantly, Who) the Church is. Another of Screwtape's great deceptions is to dull our sense of sin, a topic on which I have blogged before . Whilst I have never bugged a confessional, I would wager a substantial amount that those who confess rarely confess the kinds of 'social sin' beloved of the soi-disant reformers. Bless me, Father, for it is twenty years since my last confession, and since then I have left the landing light ...http://ccfather.blogspot.com/2015/01/a-church-for-sinners-or-saints.html

Highly Recommended: The Joyful Beggar by Louis De Wohl GLORIA ROMANORUM - January 25, 2015 ... also plenty of action supplied by the parallel tale of the dashing Roger of Vandria which frequently intersects with the life of Francis. In the hope of regaining his castle in Sicily, Roger follows the Sicilian king, Frederick II, becoming his henchman. He falls in love with the beautiful Clare Offreduccio and goes on crusade. But ultimately, he comes to respect and admire the incredible courage and drive of the little man from Assisi who he had previously disdained as a coward. The Joyful ...http://gloriaromanorum.blogspot.com/2015/01/highly-recommended-joyful-beggar-by.html

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle NETTIE'S WORLD - January 25, 2015 ... am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison. Even the high priest and the whole council of elders can testify on my behalf. For from them I even received letters to the brothers and set out for Damascus to bring back to Jerusalem in chains for ...http://nettiesworld.com/?p=11385

Saint of the Day: Francis De Sales, Patron of Church Unity DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 24, 2015 ... "Introduction to the Devout Life," an innovative spiritual guidebook for laypersons, or his strong emphasis on the role of human love in Christian devotion – represent successful attempts to re-integrate seemingly disparate "worldly" and "spiritual" realities into one coherent vision of life. Few people, however, would have predicted these achievements for Francis during his earlier years. As a young man, he studied rhetoric, the humanities, and law. He had his law degree by age 25, and ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/01/saint-of-day-francis-de-sales-patron-of.html

Don Bosco's Popes: Leo XIII DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 23, 2015 The following comes from the SDB.org site: Vincenzo Gioachino Pecci was born in Carpineto (Frosinone) on the 2nd March 1810. He was elected Pope on the 20th February. 1878. He died on 20th July 1903.St. John Bosco had his first private audience with Leo XIII on 16th March 1878; the Pontiff agreed to become the first Salesian Cooperator. He always dealt warmly with the Saint, somewhat unusual for this Pope who was rather serious and reserved. It was due to ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/01/don-boscos-popes-leo-xiii.html

7 QT: The Saint, the March, and the Book CATHOLIC FIRE - January 23, 2015 1. The saint of the day is St. Marianne Cope (1838-1918), a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, who was canonized Oct. 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North American to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. She was one of ten children born to a German farm family who immigrated to upstate New York. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis at the age of twenty-four and the following year made her ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/01/7-qt-saint-march-and-book.html

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