December 25, 2009

Father Greg Friedman – Greccio and the Christmas Crib


Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel has come thee, oh Israel

December 25, 2009

Icon of the Theotokos

Saint Metrobio of Malesco, December 24

December 24, 2009

Saint Metrobio of Malesco, Martyr
December 24

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:

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Blessed Nicholas Fattore, December 23

December 23, 2009

Blessed Nicholas Fattore

December 23

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

Archaeologists in Nazareth unearth remains of building dating back to Jesus’ time

December 22, 2009

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 »

Social Networking and Addictive Behavior

December 22, 2009

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.

Saint Honoratus, December 22

December 22, 2009

Saint Honoratus, Bishop of Toulouse
December 22

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