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Catholic Ireland's Collapse Shows Dire Need for Deep Formation in Our Battle to Restore Culture (Comment) CLERICAL WHISPERS - October 6, 2016 Ireland really is a beautiful country. Even if you've never been here, you could guess what the weather is like in the early Fall—some light showers, mostly cloudy, temperature hovering around 60 degrees. The weather can be harsher than this, but we've been blessed on this trip, and not only with the weather. The environment here helps explain the sturdy character and warm heartedness of the Irish people. They've dealt with great hardships over the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2016/10/catholic-irelands-collapse-shows-dire.html
St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church CATHOLIC FIRE - September 13, 2016 Today, September 13, is the feast of St. John Chrysostom (ca. 347-407), one of the most famous Fathers, Doctors, and bishops of the Catholic Church. Known to be among the most prominent orators of his time, St. Chrysostom suffered much for his stances as a Catholic bishop, from both secular authorities and from some within the Church. Born in Antioch, he studied law as a young man, but then went off to the mountains and became a hermit for several years. In 381, he became ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/09/st-john-chrysostom-doctor-of-church.html
St. Raymond Nonnatus, Patron of Expectant Mothers, Midwives, and Newborn Babies CATHOLIC FIRE - August 31, 2016 The saint of the day for August 31 is St. Raymond Nonnatus. He is the patron of expectant mothers, midwives, obstetricians, infertile couples, and newborn babies. Raymond was born at Portella, Catalonia, Spain in 1204, the son of wealthy parents. He was delivered by cesarean section when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name non natus (not born). In his childhood, he seemed to find pleasure only in his devotions ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-raymond-nonnatus-patron-of-expectant.html
The Spirituality and Miracles of St. Clare of Assisi CATHOLIC FIRE - August 11, 2016 August 11 is the memorial of St. Clare, one of my favorite saints. She was the first woman to follow the life of radical poverty practiced by St. Francis of Assisi and is the co-founder of the Poor Clares. Although I am not a Franciscan, I have had Franciscan friends, clergy, and spiritual directors instruct me on the beauty of St. Clare's spirituality. I have also learned a great deal from reading about her over the years. Clare and Francis ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-spirituality-and-miracles-of-st.html
St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr CATHOLIC FIRE - August 10, 2016 By Jean M. Heimann August 10 is the feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr. Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of the Church of Rome. In 258, he was martyred along with Pope Sixtus II and other deacons. St. Lawrence was in charge of caring for the poor and had a great love for the destitute and the needy. He was the distributor of alms and "keeper of the treasures of the Church" during a time when Christianity was proclaimed illegal. The Prefect of Rome, a greedy ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2016/08/st-lawrence-deacon-and-martyr.html