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Saint of the Day: Turibius DA MIHI ANIMAS - March 23, 2015 ... layman to become an archbishop. Eventually, however, he had little choice but to comply. He was consecrated as a bishop in 1581, at the age of 43, and immediately left for Lima, Peru. The new archbishop undertook to travel throughout the rugged and mountainous diocese, where he observed many of the worst effects of colonialism – both upon the enslaved and oppressed natives, and on many of the colonists who seemed to have lost their souls in the pursuit of ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/03/saint-of-day-turibius.html

Saint Casimir COMMUNIO - March 4, 2015 Two saints in a row –Saint Katharine Drexel yesterday and Saint Casimir today–we hear in the opening prayer the theme of holiness and justice. On the surface this is nothing new, nor ought it be surprising. Lent is a time of conversion and a reorientation toward acts of charity. Scripture exhort us to live in this manner, and the saints give good example. How is your orientation toward the ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2015/03/saint-casimir-2/

Frying Tonight... COUNTERCULTURAL FATHER - February 5, 2015 ... so angry at God may suggest that he really, deep down, is on the road to belief in Him. They point, for example, to C S Lewis' anger (cf A Grief Observed ). I disagree. Lewis' essay, following the death of his beloved Joy, is marked by searing honesty and self-searching. I see none of that in Fry. I have a different theory altogether: I think Fry is attacking God as a proxy for attacking Christianity, especially Catholicism. For that ...http://ccfather.blogspot.com/2015/02/frying-tonight.html

St. Agatha, a Patron for Those With Breast Cancer CATHOLIC FIRE - February 4, 2015 The saint of the day for February 5 is St. Agatha, the patron saint against breast cancer. Agatha was born in Sicily, the daughter of rich and pious parents. At a young age, she consecrated herself to God. She grew to be a virtuous Christian woman, known for her remarkable beauty, but resisted the advances of men. The Roman Senator Quintianus, who governed Sicily, had heard of her great beauty ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/02/st-agatha-patron-for-those-with-breast.html

Saint of the Day: Francis De Sales, Patron of Church Unity DA MIHI ANIMAS - January 24, 2015 ... ministry, the faithful chided him for having an aristocratic manner. In many ways, Francis' greatest achievements – such as the "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 ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/01/saint-of-day-francis-de-sales-patron-of.html

St. Raymond of Peñafort: Dominican Preacher, Philosopher, Lawyer, and Evangelizer CATHOLIC FIRE - January 7, 2015 January 7 is the optional memorial of St. Raymond of Peñafort, the third Master-General (Superior) of the Dominican Order. A contemporary of Saint Thomas Aquinas, he inspired the theologian to write the "Summa Contra Gentiles" for the conversion of non-Catholics. At least 10,000 Muslims reportedly converted as a result of St. Raymond's evangelistic efforts. Raymond was born in Spain in 1175 and died there on January 6, 1275 at the age of 99. He was ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/01/st-raymond-of-penafort-dominican.html

Feast of St. Lucy and Traditional Celebrations CATHOLIC FIRE - December 13, 2014 December 13th is the feast of St. Lucy (283-304), a noblewoman who was born in Syracuse, Italy, during the Diocletian persecution. She made a vow of virginity and distributed her wealth to the poor. This generosity angered the pagan youth to whom she had been unwillingly betrothed and who denounced her to Paschasius, the governor of Sicily. When it was decided to violate her virginity in a place of shame, Lucy, with the help ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/12/feast-of-st-lucy-and-traditional.html

St. Nicholas: Model of Charity CATHOLIC FIRE - December 6, 2014 Saint Nicholas was born in the village of Patara in Asia Minor (now the southern coast of Turkey) about the middle of the third century. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Later he was ordained a priest, and when the bishop of his district died, he was made Bishop of Myra. Saint Nicholas is distinguished for his great faith. His faith was so ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2014/12/st-nicholas-model-of-charity.html

Ferguson and More FIRE, SALT, AND LIGHT. - November 29, 2014 ... of democracy the more we chose to abandon authentic faith and praxis, that is the daily living of the Gospel, the preaching of the Gospel with our lives without compromise. My purpose here is not to analyze the tragedy of the shooting of the young man in Ferguson Missouri some months ago, nor to comment on the reaction/actions of those citizens who have taken to the streets protesting the Grand Jury's decision – rather it ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/hopeforpriests/hcWS/~3/WEeDGEgevWg/ferguson-and-more.html