The diakonia of Mary Magdalene

My friend and brother deacon John Gerke, from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, preached the Mass at NDICE this morning, the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. The congregation was full of deacons and their wives.  I had a plane to catch and missed the Mass — but John sent me his text. It’s too good not [Read More...]

A hymn for Mary Magdalene?

Someone posted this lovely hymn on Facebook this morning, noting that it was written in the early 20th century from the point of view of Mary Magdalene (whose feast we mark today). I haven’t found any other citation for that, but I suppose it’s a plausible interpretation. Wikipedia just has this: “In the Garden” (sometimes [Read More...]

John Paul II, Gianna Beretta Molla to be patrons for World Meeting of Families

Details:  Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia announced Sunday that St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Beretta Molla will be patron saints of the 2015 World Meeting of Families, being held in his cathedral city. “Saint John Paul II and Saint Gianna have been chosen as the two worthy Patron Saints to guide all in [Read More...]

Santa Fe pursuing sainthood for “Fastest Nun in the West”

From the AP:  The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, [Read More...]

John the Baptist, the “Saint of Second Chances”

Back in 2008, I preached a homily about St. John the Baptist during Advent.  Today, his feast, seems a good time to remember who The Baptizer was—and what he has to say to all of us: We tend to think of John the Baptist as The Voice – the forerunner, the prophet, the one crying [Read More...]

St. Roberto Clemente?

From RNS:  Richard Rossi is on a crusade of sorts, traveling to cities across the country to collect stories about the fabled healing powers of baseball great Roberto Clemente. His goal? Nothing short of making Clemente an officially recognized Catholic saint. “He had a calling to be a great baseball player,” Rossi said, “but he had [Read More...]

Vatican panel approves miracle for Fulton Sheen

Details:  The possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen took another step toward papal recognition on June 17 when a panel of theologians met at the Vatican, the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation has announced. As a normal part of the sainthood process, the theologians met to consider whether or not the [Read More...]

Tony? Is that you?

Fascinating stuff for today, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua: The University of St. Anthony of Padua’s Anthropology Museum, together with a team of international forensic researchers, have attempted to reconstruct the face of St. Anthony using only a digital copy of his skull. Using the latest 3D technology, the researchers worked to recreate [Read More...]

Francis, the saint who kissed hands—and hooves

A reader alerted me to this piece by Archbishop Charles Chaput, which talks about the significance of the saint from Assisi and offers these details, which may have some connection to a popular habit of Pope Francis: In his biography of Francis, Augustine Thompson—the Dominican author—notes that Francis had a passionate devotion to the Blessed [Read More...]

“Don’t set yourself against your Mother!”

I grow weary. I’m weary of the fighting. The name-calling. The ad hominems. The sneers and finger-pointing. I’m weary of the Catholic-against-Catholic warfare that has left too many muddied and bloodied. I’m weary of Catholics hurling accusations at bishops, notably the Bishop of Rome, in an effort to divide the faithful and turn the flock [Read More...]


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