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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

Closing Ceremony Homily As Deliverd by Bishop Finn, Sept. 13, 2014 SISTER MARIE DE MANDAT-GRANCEY, DC, SERVANT OF GOD, FOUNDRES - September 17, 2014 ... Mandat-Grancey, was born and began her earthly journey with a heavenly goal. Sensing her God given call, 13 year old Marie wrote in prayer, "Grant me, I implore, my God, a vocation to religious life. Give me the grace, O my God, to completely detach myself from the things here below and to aspire only to heaven." She willed to go to heaven. She desired to serve God with her life and to be a saint. Three and a half years ago, January 21, 2011, many of us gathered in this ...http://srmarie-lorraine.blogspot.com/2014/09/closing-ceremony-homily-as-deliverd-by.html