May 5: Blessed Caterina Cittadini

May 5, 2011

Blessed Caterina Cittadini, 1801 – 1857 Read the rest of this entry »

May 4: Saint Richard Reynolds, Martyr Of England

May 4, 2011

Saint Richard Reynolds, 1492-1535 Read the rest of this entry »

Prophet Jeremiah

May 1, 2011

May 23: Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski

May 23, 2010

Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski, 1869 – 1940

May 22: Saint Michael Ho Dinh Hy

May 22, 2010

Saint Michael Ho Dinh Hy, 1808 – 1857 Read the rest of this entry »

May 17: Blessed Giulia Salzano

May 17, 2010

Blessed Giulia Salzano, 1846 – 1929 Read the rest of this entry »

May 5: Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio

May 5, 2010
Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio, 1817 -1836 Read the rest of this entry »

Saint Augustine Webster, Martyr Of England

May 4, 2010

Saint Augustine Webster, +1535 Read the rest of this entry »

May 2: Blessed Stanislas Kazimierczyk

May 3, 2010

Blessed Stanislas Kazimierczyk, 1433 – 1489 Read the rest of this entry »

March 20: Saint Józef Bilczewski

March 20, 2010

Saint Józef Bilczewski, 1860 – 1923

June 6: Blessed Józef Innocenty Guz, Martyr Of Poland

June 6, 2009

Blessed Józef Innocenty Guz, 1890 – 1940 Read the rest of this entry »

May 31: Saint Felix of Nicosia

May 31, 2009

Saint Felix of Nicosia , 1715 – 1787

May 30: Blessed Marta Maria Wiecka

May 30, 2009

Blessed Marta Maria Wiecka, 1874 – 1904 Read the rest of this entry »

May 24: Blessed Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau Of Canada

May 24, 2009

Blessed Louis-Zéphirin Moreau, 1824 – 1901

May 23: Blessed Józef Kurzawa, New Martyr Of Poland

May 23, 2009

Blessed Józef Kurzawa, 1910 – 1940
Diocesan Priest Martyr

May 22: Blessed Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini

May 22, 2009

Blessed Maria Domenica Brun Barbantini, 1789 – 1868 Read the rest of this entry »

May 17: Blessed Ivan Ziatyk – Greek Catholic New Martyr

May 17, 2009

Blessed Ivan Ziatyk, 1899 – 1952 Read the rest of this entry »

May 14: Saint Théodore Guérin

May 14, 2009

Saint Théodore Guérin, 1798 – 1856

May 13: Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

May 13, 2009

Pray your rosary!

May 9: Prophet Isaiah

May 9, 2009

May 8: Blessed Luigi Rabatà

May 8, 2009

Blessed Luigi Rabatà, 1443 -1490 Read the rest of this entry »

May 3: Blessed Blessed Marie-Leonie Paradis, Foundress From Canada

May 3, 2009

Blessed Marie-Leonie Paradis, 1840 – 1912 Read the rest of this entry »

May 2: Blessed William Tirry, Martyr Of Ireland

May 2, 2009

Blessed William Tirry, 1608 – 1654 Read the rest of this entry »

May 1: Prophet Jeremiah

May 1, 2009

May 1: Blessed Kliment Septyckyj, Greek Catholic New Martyr

May 1, 2009

Blessed Kliment Septyckyj, 1869 – 1951  Read the rest of this entry »

April 28: Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

April 28, 2009

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, 1922 – 1962 Read the rest of this entry »

April 21: Saint Apollonio Of Rome, Martyr

April 21, 2009
Saint Apollonio Of Rome, †175

April 20: Blessed Chiara Bosatta

April 20, 2009

Blessed Chiara Bosatta, 1858 – 1887

April 19: Pope Saint Leo IX

April 19, 2009

Pope Saint Leo IX, 1002 – 1054

Good Friday

April 10, 2009

April 7: Saint Hermann Joseph

April 7, 2009

Saint Herman Joseph, 1150-1241

Palm Sunday!

April 5, 2009

April 4: Saint Gaetano Catanoso

April 4, 2009

Saint Gaetano Catanoso, 1879-1963

Mementos Of The English Martyrs For Every Day Of The Year

April 4, 2009

Mementos Of The English Martyrs For Every Day Of The Year

March 20: Saint Jósef Bilczewski

March 20, 2009

Saint Jósef Bilczewski, 1860 – 1923

March 13: Finding Of The Murdered Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho

March 13, 2009

Prayers for the repose of the soul of the servant of God, Archbishop Paulos.  His body was found one year ago today.

January 9: Blessed Tommaso Reggio

January 9, 2009

Blessed Tommaso Reggio, 1818 – 1901 Read the rest of this entry »

December 23: Saint Anthony de Saint Anne Galvão

December 23, 2008

December 13: Blessed Maria Maddalena della Passione

December 13, 2008

Blessed Maria Maddalena della Passione

Blessed Maria Maddalena della Passione, 1845-1921 Read the rest of this entry »

4 Theories on the Date of Christmas

December 2, 2008


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 »

Celebrate Advent, Question Christmas

November 29, 2008


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 »

Marian Prayer Of Saint Gregory Of Narek (A.D. 1010)

November 12, 2008

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 »

August 21: Blessed Brunon Jan Zembol, Polish Martyr At Dachau

August 21, 2008

Blessed Brunon Jan Zembol
1905 – 1942

August 20: Blessed Władysław Mączkowski , Polish Priest & Martyr At Dachau

August 20, 2008

Blessed Władysław Mączkowski
1911 – 1942

August 19: Blessed Hugh Green, Martyr Of England

August 19, 2008

Blessed Hugh Green
1584 – 1642 Read the rest of this entry »

August 18: Saint Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga

August 18, 2008

Saint Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, 1901-1952

August 14: The Martyrs of Otranto Killed By The Ottomans In 1480

August 14, 2008


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 »

July 26: Saint Ġorġ Preca

July 26, 2008

Saint Ġorġ Preca, 1880 – 1962

June 13: Blessed Marianna Biernacka, New Martyr Of Poland

June 13, 2008

Blessed Marianna Biernacka, 1888 – 1943 Read the rest of this entry »

June 12: Blessed Florida Civoli

June 12, 2008


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