Father Greg Friedman – Greccio and the Christmas Crib
Father Greg Friedman – Greccio and the Christmas Crib
Saint Metrobio of Malesco, Martyr
In the parish church of Saints Peter and Paul in Malesco, the center of Val Vigezzo in Verbania a few miles from the Swiss border, are the relics of St. Metrobio, arrived in the resort ossolana in the 17th century. The only source which sounds like a saint hagiography with this name is the Roman Martyrology, where it is stated as at December 24:
Blessed Nicholas Fattore
Franciscan preacher. A native of Valencia, Spain, he entered the Franciscans in 1537 and subsequently labored as a preacher. It was his custom to scourge himself before delivering each sermon. In the process of his beatification in 1786, St. Paschal Baylon and Blessed Louis Bertrand were summoned to act as witnesses.
Source: Catholic Online
Just in time for Christmas! How cool is that?
Jerusalem (CNN) — Archaeologists in Israel say they have discovered the remains of a home from the time of Jesus in the heart of Nazareth.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority said the find “sheds light on the way of life at the time of Jesus” in the Jewish settlement of Nazareth, where Christians believe Jesus grew up.
The find marks the first time researchers have uncovered the remains of a home in Nazareth from that time period, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said in a statement. Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone knows someone who spends too much time online; sometimes I’m that person. I check my e-mail way too much; I have it open in a browser window, both at home and at work. Especially at home. Yet I know people who consider e-mail to be a huge timewaster in their workday and who manage it by checking a few times a day; first thing in the morning, before or after lunch and before leaving at the end of the day.
Right now, I have my e-mail browser open, and yes, if an e-mail pops up, I look at it. I’m not on Facebook, though the NY Times has an interesting article on the addictive qualities thereof and the lengths to which people will go avoid logging in. Including asking someone else to change their password. You know it’s serious when someone gives it up for Lent!
I’m trying to post a few days at a time so I can step back from the computer but at the same time share information with others; I missed a day again, as I was in the midst of a shopping frenzy, buying, wrapping and delivering my charitable contributions. Saturday I went everywhere, including the cemetery (cemetery season has now officially closed until Easter), then went to vigil Mass and back shopping again. On Sunday, my charitable activities interfered with my favorite Mass time.
Mass was quiet tonight and if I’d been prepared, I could’ve gone to Confession. Two priests, no waiting! There was also Confession tonight but I plan to go tomorrow after Mass and Adoration. It’s best that way.
We know little about this character and the scant information we have is uncertain. He ranked second in the list of Bishops of Toulouse, including Saint Saturninus, Martyr to the 250 and Rhodes, who died in 358, but his name comes from the legend of St. Firmino martyr, “the story of the most fabulous,” according to Duchesne. According to this document, Honoratus, bishop of Toulouse, was educated and ordained bishop Firmino, son of Senator Spanish Firmus, himself converted by Saint Saturnino.
His body was found in 1265 in the basilica of St-Sernin and was the object of worship in the 15th centiry; his name was added to December 22 in the calendar of a Breviary copied in 1404.
Author: Henri Platelle
Source: Santi e Beati
Randazzo, Sicily, ca. 1450-December 21, 1521
Dominic Spadafora received the habit at the priory of St Zita at Palermo and became a zealous preacher of the Word in Sicily and throughout Italy. He had a special devotion to the passion of our Lord and by his charity and humility converted many to the Lord, even attracting some to the Order. He founded thepriory of Our Lady of Grace in Monte Cerignone, Sicily, where he remained as superior until his death on December 21, 1521.
The order commemorates his death on October 3, the date of the translation of his remains in 1677.
Source: Order of Preachers
She was pregnant. Her fiance would be hurt, angy, disappointed in her and he would surely cancel the wedding….he KNEW it was not his baby. All her girlfriends told her to get an abortion. That would make everything great. She wouldn’t hurt him so deeply and her parents would never know. It all sounded so simple…no one would know. But somehow she just couldn’t do it.
She had to bear the shame…the hurt in the eyes of dear Joey and her mother…it made her cry to remember the shame they all felt that day. And when all their friends and neighbors found out they just rubbed salt in the wound of shame. But, eventually the nine months passed and she gave birth to her son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger as she kissed the face of God.
Abraham and Coren were disciples of the holy bishops Joseph, Isaac, and Leander, Armenian priests who were married and had the cure of souls. When in 450 the king of Persia, the Armenians Iezdegerd II sent a decree ordering the mazdeismo to accept as religion, the clergy and principles of Armenians gathered at the synod of Artashat, responded strongly that they preferred death rather than renounce their Christian faith. At this synod was attended by Abraham and Coren. The following year (451) the king sent his army to impose by force what had been unable to achieve with the threats, but the Armenian people under the leadership of her principles fought bravely, and the clergy to support and encourage the soldiers in tough fight. The war marked a defeat for the Armenians, many of whom gained the palm of martyrdom, while others were taken prisoner. Among the latter were also Abraham and Coren, who together with their teachers Joseph, Isaac, and Leander, were thrown into prison for three years in the city of Nisapur, north-east of Persia.
The bishops were put to death since they were held responsible for the rebellion against the king, while their disciples Abraham and Coren, asked to renounce their faith in favor of the worship of the sun was proposed to be set free. They refused, and so the judge ordered them Tamsapur dragged on the ground and then cut off their ears, then sent them to forced labor in Mesopotamia in the lands of the king. Here they lavished help and console the survivors of the Armenian prisoners of war 451. After seven years of hard work, in 461, Coren died after a sunstroke confessing his faith, while Abraham continued for two years to endure life in exile, until he was released in 463 and was able to return home. Here, however, because the people honored him as a confessor, he retired to devote himself to life in solitude cenobitic. After three years, however, the fame of his angelic life attracted even more attention to the people, which forced him to accept the consecration of bishops. He was, in fact, Bishop of Bznunik for some years and died with a reputation for holiness. The feast of the two holy confessors is celebrated on 20 December.
Author: Paolo Ananian
Source: Santi e Beati
The Blessed Mercedarians: Peter of Benevento, Giovanni de Verdera, Bartholomew of Podium, William de Pruner, Peter de Gualba and William de Gallinaris, distinguished for the sanctity of life. Distinguished by the observance of monastic rules, by constant prayer and the practice of every virtue rushed to go to heaven and enjoy eternal delight.
The Order celebrates them on December 19.
Source: Santi e Beati
The book of the prophet Malachi closes in the Old Testament, the series of minor prophets. Emblematic of the fact that the last verses speak of a messenger of God sent to restore the proper relationship between God and his people. A messianic prophecy that comes in the heart of Israel’s history but is not limited to the context in which it originated. Malachi operates several decades after the reconstruction of the temple, which had occurred around 520 BC, after his return from exile. In this period had already prophesied to look ahead and pushed the prophets Haggai and Zechariah. But the restoration of temple ritual is often emptied of its true soul: the celebration of God’s work in history. Malachi’s voice rises to denounce indifference and externality, remoteness from the Lord and injustice. The solution proposed by the Holy Prophet is that of a preparatory meeting with the Lord. A message that resonates particularly appropriate at this time of Advent.
Source: Santi e Beati
St. John de Matha
Faucon (Provence), France ca. 1154-Rome, 1213
Tradition holds that John de Matha was born in Faucon (Provence), France around the year 1154. He completed his graduate studies with honors at the University of Paris where he later taught theology. Ordained to the priesthood he experienced a heavenly vision while celebrating his first Mass. He quickly realized that he had been destined by the Lord to redeem Christian captives.
To attain this objective, he founded the Order of the Most Holy Trinity at Cerfroid, France about 1193. He wrote the Order’s Rule, which was approved by Pope Innocent III in 1198. Professing the Rule with great zeal, he was very active in redeeming Christian captives and performing works of mercy. All his life he sought the glory of the Triune God, whose mystery of love and redemption he set as the foundation and purpose of the Order. He died in Rome in the house of St. Thomas In Formis on the Caelian Hill on December 17, 1213.
Source: Trinitarian Order
Honoratus, born Wencesalo Kozminski, was born in Biala Podlaska October 16, 1829. He received his early education at home and completed his primary studies in Plock, then went to Warsaw to study architecture. In 1846 he suffered a religious crisis, after which he entered the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin in Warsaw, and was ordained a priest on December 27, 1852. He dedicated himself to an intense pastoral care and founded over 26 religious institutes, 18 of which exist today. He was a prolific writer, spiritual director and sought out confessor. He died in Nowe Miasto December 16, 1916. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 16, 1988. Read the rest of this entry »
SAINT MAXIMIN or MESMIN of VERDUN
Abbot of Micy
(† ca. 520)
Saint Maximin was a native of Verdun. A priest named Euspicius, uncle of Maximin, brought about a reconciliation between the French monarch Clovis and his subjects of that city, after the latter had engaged in a revolt. Clovis, appreciating the virtues of the good priest, persuaded Euspicius to take up his residence at the court in Orleans; and the servant of God took Saint Maximin, his nephew, with him. Maximin was ordained a deacon by the bishop of Orleans, and then a priest. Read the rest of this entry »
Roman Martyrology: At Pavia, Saint Pompey, bishop, who, successor to the San Siro after a few peaceful years passed and the Lord.
Five days ago, speaking of San Siro, first bishop of Pavia and fabulous evangelist for much of the valley of the mighty Po. In the work of throwing the net of the fisherman of men on the flat and fertile land stretched as far as d ‘ eye around the towers and steeples of Pavia, he had as collaborator San Pompeo. Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed John Marinoni
Venice, December 25, 1490 – Naples, December 13, 1562
Roman Martyrology: In Naples, Blessed John (Francis) Marinoni, a priest of the Order of Clerics Regular those Teatini, dedicated to St. Gaetano, together to reform the clergy and the salvation of souls, and gave impetus to the pawnshop for the help needy.
He is called the master of the holy Theatines, born December 25, 1490 in Venice by parents natives of Bergamo, at baptism he took the name of Francis who changed following his religious profession. Read the rest of this entry »
NRO has an excellent piece on the subject.
Maggie’s Top Eight Reasons Why Gay Marriage Is Not Inevitable
1. Nothing is inevitable.
We are talking about the future here. It’s weird to have “reporting” that something that has not yet happened will certainly happen. The future is never inevitable.
2. Young people are not as unanimous as most people think.
In California, the young-adults vote split 55 percent to 45 percent. Is it so hard to imagine 5 percent of those young people changing their minds as they move through the life cycle?
3. The argument from despair is bait and switch.
They are trying push the idea that gay marriage is inevitable, because they are losing the argument that gay marriage is a good idea. Read the rest of this entry »
I was a bit perplexed at the self-characterization as atheists of a group of people who celebrate the Winter Solstice; Solstices have long been celebrated by polytheistic pagan groups.
It seems odd not to admit pagan tendencies; rejecting Christmas and instead celebrating a traditional polytheistic day of worship does not an atheist make.
I guess they just don’t want to admit that they’re anti-Christians when all is said and done; atheist implies that they reject god in all forms, not just the Christian God. Celebrating the Solstice implies they find polytheistic worship acceptable.
He was born in Viterbo around 1255, but there is no information about his childhood. In 1272 he entered between the Hermits of St. Augustine, dressed in the habit in Viterbo Convent of the Holy Trinity. He studied theology in Paris where he received his doctorate in theology in 1293. Taught in Naples for two years beginning in 1300, when Boniface VIII appointed him archbishop of Benevento and then he went to Naples. Here he gained the confidence of King Charles II of Anjou and his son Robert, Duke of Calabria, who helped him in building the new cathedral. On May 13, 1306 he started, at the request of Clement V, the cause of canonization of Celestine V. In this cause he devoted himself with zeal until his death in Naples at the end of 1307. His only published work in full and the ‘De regimine christiano, “written in 1303 during the struggle between Boniface VIII and Philip the Fair. His cult was officially confirmed by Pius X in 1911.
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Blessed Martin Lumbreras Sanchez Perez Peralta and Melchiorre Sanchez, Augustinian Priests and Martyrs
+ Nagasaki, Japan, December 11, 1632
Spanish Blessed Martin of St. Nicholas Lumbreras Peralta, professed priest of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, was Martyred with his brother Melchior of Saint Augustine Sanchez just arrived in the Japanese city of Nagasaki, were closed in a dark cell, and then burnt. John Paul II beatified them April 23, 1989.
Roman Martyrology: At Nagasaki in Japan, and Melchiorre Blessed Martin Lumbreras Peralta Sánchez Pérez, Priests and Martyrs of the Order of Saint Augustine, who just arrived in this city were arrested and thrown into a dark cell, and finally burned at the stake.
Martin was born in Zaragoza Lumbreras a noble family in 1598. He took the habit of an Augustinian convent in Recollet Borja, taking vows in Zaragoza in 1619. Three years later, in July, 1622, he set out from Cadiz to the islands of the Philippines, where he arrived the following year, accompanied by thirteen Augustinian Recollect missionaries. Led to the withdrawal was particularly cloistered and his superiors assigedn him to the convent of Manila, in the first place as sacristan major, then for a period of eight years as novice master. In recent years, he greatly promoted the cult of the Virgin of Pilar, to which he dedicated a picture and an altar in the church of S. Nicola.
His desire was still hidden Japan: live and die for the Christian community, as proven at that time. In a letter dated August 4, 1631 he announced his desire to the vicar general, and exactly one year later, on August 4, 1632, he departed from Manila for Japan in the company of Fr Melchior of Saint Augustine who would be his constant companion until his martyrdom. Both arrived in Nagasaki eight days later.
Melchiorre Sanchez was born in Granada in 1599. At the age of nineteen he professed his religious vows in the convent of Augustinian Recollects of his hometown. In 1621, he departed for the Phillipines in the company of twenty-three other Augustinian Recollect missionaries, arriving in Manila in July of 1622. He learned the Tagalog dialects and Hisaya and exercised the apostolate in the recently opened missions of Mindanao, without a doubt the most difficult of the archipelago. He also spent some time in Manila as a preacher of the Spaniards until August 4, 1632, when he made his desire to go to Japan.
From that moment his life took place beside Martin. Read the rest of this entry »
Todd Sentell’s Tribute to Flannery O’Connor: I WENT DOWN TO THE INTERSECTION OF PICK-UP TRUCKS AND HOLY WATERDecember 10, 2009
From the National Book Award page.
Concerning the dedication of your Georgia historical marker under the hot Milledgeville sun
Forty-three years after you died too young, a Georgia historical marker was stuck in the ground across the highway from the end of Andalusia’s driveway. On a boiling morning in July, in the long shadow of a big Badcock & More furniture store sign, just before the dedication ceremony started, a suntanned fellow in a red pick-up truck drove past and honked his horn. For an instant, I thought Parker was back.
The mayor of Milledgeville spoke about you in his Milledgeville accent. And then, a priest with an Irish name in a big white robe from your old church got up in front of everybody and waved his hands around and read some things from out of that book that’s not exactly the Bible. He said some things that a few of your fellow Catholics repeated with him, and then the priest flicked the historical marker, while it was still covered with an official Georgia historical marker blue cover, with holy water. He flicked his wood water wand six times. I counted. Read the rest of this entry »
Thomas Somers, a Priest from the Westmoreland, shared the fate of the Benedictine John Roberts: both because they were accused, convicted and hanged, drawn and quartered for refusing to convert to Anglicanism. Thomas Somers was beatified in 1929 by Pope Pius XI and some of his relics are found in the Abbey of Downside.
Roman Martyrology: At Tyburn, nineteen years later, Saint John Roberts, the Order of St. Benedict, and Blessed Thomas Somers, Priests and Martyrs, who, under King James I were condemned for their priesthood, they were hung together at the same scaffold as sixteen criminals.
source: Santi e Beati
Friday’s Flannery is a series of posts on Flannery O’Connor’s short stories.
A Stroke of Good Fortune is a masterful little story. By no means Flannery’s most popular, it strikes at the heart of post War American aspirations and the spiritual challenges that accompany them. Ruby Hill is another of Flannery’s tortured souls. As with most of her sorry characters, Ruby’s miseries are produced by a bad interaction between her state in life and her refusal to understand and accept it gracefully. Her ambitions are patently American and modern rather than specifically Southern. Ruby is caught up in self pity over her daily routine of walking eight blocks each way for groceries and having to carry them up four flights. In her head spin aspirations of one-storied suburban life, a novelty in 1949. She pines for the “good life,” desperately seeking to avoid the miseries of her mother who bore eight children and lost several along the way. She is proud of having mastered her fertility which in her mind is both wise and progressive.
Progress and Sin
Many of Flannery’s stories address the idea of progress and contrast it with eternal verities. In A View of the Woods, she contrasts the pursuit of money and power represented by progress with the values of family and the beauty of nature. Some of her characters dismiss Catholicism as medieval and backward. Flannery almost always presents the modern and the progressive as instances of certain deadly sins including Greed, Jealousy, Gluttony and Pride. In A Stroke of Good Fortune, we Read the rest of this entry »
I’m behind on Saints and Blesseds as I suddenly and unexpectedly had BeFrienders Ministry training. It was purely unintentional and was an exhausting couple of days; I had a busy schedule last weekend anyway, so no time to post or to do many other necessary things. There was a lot of material and it required responding to difficult issues so was rather emotional at times. In some ways I’m uncertain whether I’m qualified for this, but I know I was supposed to go through the training. I had forgotten all about it; the information session I attended was about 6 weeks ago and there wasn’t much of a warning before the training.
Another requirement of the Church is Virtus training; it’s required for all who come in contact with children, whether clergy, employees or volunteers.
The great thing about this training is that it raises awareness and people are more likely to report inappropriate behavior. We were also provided with a list of contact numbers for the county child protection departments, though in some circumstances it may be appropriate to call 911. The bottom line? If someone is behaving inappropriately with children, the authorities need to investigate. No matter who’s going to be embarrassed.
There will also be a background check, which, in my case, will be easy; I’ve had them before, for various reasons, most recently a couple of years ago. Interestingly the trainer referenced a case in which an organization collected information for background checks but chose not to follow through with them.
While many perpetrators go years without being caught, it’s irresponsible not even to see what comes up in a background check; maybe the person doesn’t have a record of violence against children, but there could be other violent acts or indications of substance abuse.
Because it involves bringing Communion to people in various situations, someone will make a judgment call on whether I’m an appropriate person to carry the Body of Christ with me. I’m uncertain about it.
Other than that? It’s a discernment process, both on my part and that of the person in charge of this ministry.
Blessed ALOYSIUS LIGUDA, SVD – Priest
1898, Winow- December 9, 1942, Dachau
Educator and Spiritual Director
Not much is known about the death of Fr. Aloysius Liguda. According to eye-witnesses he was drowned along with nine other prisoners on December 9, 1942, in the concentration camp at Dachau. But his Calvary was a long one, since he endured nearly three years of suffering before his death. He was arrested in Gorna Grupa in February, 1940, and he passed through two different concentration camps (Stutthof and Sachsenhausen) before his detention at Dachau. He experienced forced labor, hunger, beatings, and other inhuman treatment, but his presence was a support to other prisoners. His spirit of tranquility and his sense of humor helped many to endure the brutal ity of the concentration camp. Even in the most trying situations he found words of encouragement or a joke to share with others. He remained faithful to his religious missionary vocation in the midst of torture and disdain for human dignity until his martyrdom.
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Blessed Adolph Kolping, Priest, Founder
Kerpen (Cologne), December 8, 1813 – Cologne, December 4, 1865
Adolph Kolping, cobbler, became a priest and a true father of workers artisans formed a work, Kolpingwerk, spread throughout the world with hundreds of thousands of members. Born in 1813 in Kerpen (near Cologne) in a family of shepherds, he exercised the profession of cobbler around Germany. Then he resumed his studies and was ordained priest in Cologne. He was assigned to the industrial area of Wuppertal and became an assistant of the local society of young workers. In 1835 he founded the first home care and vocational training. He died in Cologne in 1865. He was Beatified in 1991.
Roman Martyrology: At Cologne, Germany, Blessed Adolph Kolping, a priest, who, moved by fervent love for the problems of workers in factories and on issues of social justice, he founded an association of young workers and spread to many places.
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A blonde went to the post office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards.
She asked the clerk for fifty Christmas stamps. The clerk asked, ‘What denomination?’ The blonde exclaimed ‘God help us, Has it come to this?
Give me 6 Catholic, 12 Presbyterian, 10 Lutheran and 22 Baptist!’
Q. When did Catholics add books to the Bible?
A. They never did. The Jews and the Protestants removed books from the OT. The Catholic Church simply received the Septuagint version of the Hebrew scriptures, from the Jews, at the time of Christ. This became known as the Old Testament. 70 years later, the Jews removed 7 Old Testament books from the Septuagint. The reason given for this was that they could no longer find those books in Hebrew.
Interestingly some of these books were being used to good advantage to make converts among the Jews. For example:
In the diocese of Trent, he devoted himself tirelessly to pastoral visits.
Roman Martyrology: In Trent, Blessed John Nepomuk von Tschiderer, Bishop, who ruled his church with evangelical fervor of faith and sense of humanity in times of misfortune and offered a wonderful testimony of love for his flock.
Fifth of seven brothers, John of Nepomuk de Tschiderer was born in Bolzano April 15, 1777 by Giuseppe Gioacchino de Tschiderer of Gleifheim, collector general of Tyrol and Catherine de Giovanelli. As a child he had pronunciation problems and stuttered slightly as an adult. From the family he received careful and strict upbringing. In 1785, his family had moved to Innsbruck, but next he would be back in Bolzano at his grandfather’s house to attend the school of the Franciscans, where he distinguished himself for honest and diligent enforcement. Read the rest of this entry »
BENEDICT XVI’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER
VATICAN CITY, 1 DEC 2009 (VIS) – Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for December is: “That children may be respected and loved and never be the victims of exploitation in its various forms”.
His mission intention is: “That at Christmas the peoples of the earth may recognise in the Word Incarnate the light which illuminates every man, and that the nations may open their doors to Christ, the Saviour of the world”.
BXVI-PRAYER INTENTIONS/DECEMBER/… VIS 091201 (80)
Roman Martyrology: In Logiewniki, Poland, Blessed Raffaele (Melchior) Chylinski, a Priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, who, in Krakow, during the plague, visited the patients to help them prepare for a holy and honorable and Christian death.
Thanks to a miracle attributed to his intercession and approved January 22, 1991, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II June on 9, 1991 in Warsaw, during his apostolic visit to Poland.
Chylinski Melchiorre was born in Wysoczko the January 8, 1694 in the district of Poznan in Poland, grew up in healthy environment and pious and completed his studies in the schools of his city, embraced the military life and became lieutenant-Journal, but did not last long, obeying the call of God he felt within himself, at age 21 he went to Krakow and entered the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and April 4, 1715, received the habit of changing the cleric named Raffaele.
After his novitiate he made his solemn profession if vows in December 1717 and was ordained a priest. Was Brother monastery of rare spirituality, he carried out his apostolate in various convents of the Order especially in Krakow and Lagiewniki, surrounded by the fame of sanctity.
He died with the unanimous regret of the members in Lagiewniki December 2, 1741 at 47 years or so.
On 29 August 1772, his cause for beatification was introduced by the Diocese of Warsaw and came under the decree on May 13, 1949.
Author: Antonio Borrelli
source: Santi e Beati
You better watch out, you better not shout, you better not cry, I’m tellin’ you why….Sanitized claus is comin’ to town! Sanitized Claus is comin’ to town!
Santa Claus is not on the priority immunization list so is bringing loads of hand sanitizer with him to the mall or parties, wherever he goes. You can’t trust people to stay home or keep their kids home when they’re sick.
Saint Alexander Briant, Jesuit Priest and Martyr
Somerset, England, about 1556 – Tyburn, London, December 1, 1581
Roman Martyrology: In London, England, Saint Edmund Campion, Rodolfo Sherwin and Alexander Briant, priests and martyrs under Queen Elizabeth I, celebrated for their ingenuity and strength in faith. Edmund, who from an early age he professed the Catholic faith, admitted into the Society of Jesus in Rome and was ordained priest in Prague, he returned home, where, for their efforts in comforting the souls of the faithful with his words and his writings , was killed, after many torments, at Tyburn. With him suffered the same torments the saints Rudolph and Alexander, the second of which he obtained in prison to be admitted into the Society of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »