Saint Richard Reynolds, 1492-1535 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski, 1869 – 1940
Saint Michael Ho Dinh Hy, 1808 – 1857 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Giulia Salzano, 1846 – 1929 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Józef Innocenty Guz, 1890 – 1940 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Marta Maria Wiecka, 1874 – 1904 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau, 1824 – 1901
Blessed Józef Kurzawa, 1910 – 1940
Diocesan Priest Martyr
Blessed Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini, 1789 – 1868 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Ivan Ziatyk, 1899 – 1952 Read the rest of this entry »
Pray your rosary!
Blessed Luigi Rabatà, 1443 -1490 Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Kliment Septyckyj, 1869 – 1951 Read the rest of this entry »
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, 1922 – 1962 Read the rest of this entry »
Pope Saint Leo IX, 1002 – 1054
Prayers for the repose of the soul of the servant of God, Archbishop Paulos. His body was found one year ago today.
Saint Anthony de Saint Anne Galvão, 1739 – 1822
Contrary to the popular belief that Christmas was set on Dec. 25 simply to rival a pagan feast, there are at least 4 theories explaining the date from a Christian perspective. All of them may be true.
Theory 1: Day of Creation and the Conception of Jesus.
David Bennett at Per Christum has an excellent article beginning with this explanation:
The main reason early Christians chose December 25th for the date of Christmas relates to the date of the creation of the world. Jewish thought had placed the date of creation on March 25th, and it was early Christian writer Sextus Julius Africanus who suggested that Christ became incarnate on that date (it makes great symbolic sense!).
According to Sextus Julius, since Christ became incarnate from the moment of his conception, this means that, after 9 months in the Virgin Mary’s womb, Jesus was born on December 25. While the scope of Julius’ influence is unknown, nonetheless, we encounter a Jewish reason why the date of December 25th was chosen for the birth date of Jesus. Read the rest of this entry »
This year may be the best one in a long time for all Christians to re-examine Christmas and take Advent to heart. A bad economy and a Walmart stampede which gave new meaning to “Black Friday,” offer us good occassion to reflect on the inanity of the American “Christmas” Season.
For years I have been deeply disturbed by the grand materialistic orgy that is the gringo Xmas. The Lord who came to us in humble human vesture, in utter simplicity and taught us to find our serenity in the goods of heaven rather than the goods of this world has become hopelessly lost in a sea of Santa’s hocking gadgets which rob us of time and mental energy to reflect upon and deepen our spiritual lives. Read the rest of this entry »
Assist me by the wings of your prayers,
O you who are called the Mother of the living,
so that on my exit from this valley of tears
I may be able to advance without torment
to the dwelling of life
that has been prepared for us
to lighten the end of a life burdened by my iniquity.
Healer of the sorrows of Eve,
change my day of anguish into a feast of gladness.
Be my Advocate,
ask and supplicate.
For as I believe in your inexpressible purity,
so do I also believe in
the good reception that is given to your word.
O you who are blessed among women,
help me with your tears
for I am in danger.
Bend the knee to obtain my reconciliation,
O Mother of God.
Be solicitous for me for I am miserable, Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Brunon Jan Zembol
1905 – 1942
Blessed Władysław Mączkowski
1911 – 1942
Blessed Hugh Green
1584 – 1642 Read the rest of this entry »
Otranto Cathedral, with reliquaries behind the high altar containing the 800 skulls from the severed heads of a band of Puglian Catholics martyred by Ottoman soldiery in the year of Our Lord 1480. They are commemorated in the Martyrology on August 14.
5 bob to: Shrine of the Holy Whapping
“Would that all believed in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and were ready to die a thousand times for him.” – Blessed Antonio Primaldo
On August 14, 1480, 800 survivors of the Siege of Otranto were martyred by the Muslim armies of Mohammed II (also known as Mehmed II), the Ottoman leader who had conquered Constantinople 28 years earlier. Their crime? They refused to renounce their faith in Christ. It is amazing how much of our own history that we in the West are ignorant of, even geeks like myself. I know the story of the fall of Constantinople and the seemingly miraculous victories at Lepanto and Vienna, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of Otranto. Thanks to Alfredo Mantovano’s Read the rest of this entry »
Blessed Marianna Biernacka, 1888 – 1943 Read the rest of this entry »