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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