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St. Giles, Patron of the Poor and Disabled CATHOLIC FIRE - September 1, 2015 The saint of the day for September 1 is St. Giles (650-710), abbot, hermit, and patron of the poor and disabled. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers , Saint Giles is invoked for protection in times of plague and epidemic. Giles was born to a wealthy Greek family during the 6th century. When his parents died, he gave away all of his wealth to the poor and the sick and attracted many ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/08/st-giles-patron-of-poor-and-disabled.html

St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr CATHOLIC FIRE - August 10, 2015 St. Lawrence Crowned by Baby Jesus - Claude de Jongh Today is the feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr.Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of the Church of Rome, who along with Pope Sixtus II and other deacons, was executed in 258 under the Emperor Valerian. St. Lawrence Distributing the Treasures of the Church - Bernardo Strozzi St. Lawrence was in charge of the poor and had a great love for the poor and needy. The Prefect of Rome, a greedy ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2015/08/st-lawrence-deacon-and-martyr.html

Newspaper Column, Back to the Basics PONDER THESE THINGS IN YOUR HEART - July 9, 2015 For those of us who disagree with the Supreme Court decision concerning the right of gay people to marry, it should serve as a call for us Christians who are more conservative or traditional, to "get back to our basics." My next few articles will be written with this in mind. First a story. Well, actually, the story teller deserves a couple comments first. The account of the following story about St. Thais come to us from a monk named Dionysius Exiguus. Now, ...http://ponderintheheart.blogspot.com/2015/07/newspaper-column-back-to-basics.html

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati Week JOURNEY OF A CATHOLIC NERD WRITER - June 29, 2015 ... was my go-to saint for the majority of my 20s and I know they will both remain with me into my 30s. So, what does a fangirl do on the 90th anniversary of (one of) her favorite saint's (or, blessed in this case) death / unofficial feast day? Celebrate! No, it's not morbid. I'm not celebrating the fact that he died; I'm celebrating the fact that he existed and that, through him, God was able to give us a wonderful example of how it is possible ...http://catholicnerdwriter.blogspot.com/2015/06/bl-pier-giorgio-frassati-week.html

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: SET THE WORLD ABLAZE - June 17, 2015 ... political climate and will challenge many who deny climate change is caused by human actions. Some politicians, who are not scientists, say the Pope, who is not a scientist, needs to stay out of the debate. News media speculate that the encyclical will challenge those on the political right and left alike. This tension is good. Some claim that a few bishops might not support the Pope's letter, ...http://predmore.blogspot.com/2015/06/twelfth-sunday-of-ordinary-time.html

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) BATTLE BEADS BLOG - June 13, 2015 ... Franciscan martyrs went through the Portuguese city where he was stationed, he was again filled with an intense longing to be one of those closest to Jesus himself: those who die for the Good News. So Anthony entered the Franciscan Order and set out to preach to the Moors. But an illness prevented him from achieving that goal. He went to Italy and was stationed in a small hermitage where he spent most of his time praying, reading the Scriptures and doing menial tasks. The call ...http://battlebeads.blogspot.com/2015/06/st-anthony-of-padua-1195-1231.html

Saint Peregrine Laziosi COMMUNIO - May 16, 2015 On this feast of Saint Peregrine, the Church prays: Eternal Father, I wish to honor St. Peregrine, and I give Thee thanks for all the graces Thou hast bestowed upon him. I ask Thee to please increase grace in my soul through the merits of this saint, and I commit the end of my life to him by this special prayer, so that by virtue of Thy goodness and promise, St. Peregrine might be my advocate and provide whatever is needed at that hour. Amen ...http://communio.stblogs.org/index.php/2015/05/saint-peregrine-laziosi/