State of Grace: two new saints next week will come from New York

From the In My Backyard Desk…an observation, from Lawrence Downes in the New York Times: When Pope Benedict XVI canonizes seven Catholic saints in Rome next Sunday, two Americans will be among them, bringing the total of American saints to an even dozen. That may seem surprisingly few after 500 years of Christianity in the [Read More...]

St. Francis, deacon: “We ought to be servants…”

“Let us produce worthy fruits of penance. Let us also love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us have charity and humility. Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward [Read More...]

Jerome again, naturally

Years ago, after my mother’s death, we were going through her things and came across a small black box.  Inside was a velvet pouch containing a man’s silver pocket watch. Inscribed on the back were the initials “Br. J.” I showed it to my aunt who said, “Oh, that was your father’s, from when he [Read More...]

Sainthood cause for John Paul I moves forward

Details from Catholic News Service:  Promoters of the sainthood cause of Pope John Paul I, who served as head of the church for just over a month, met Pope Benedict XVI Sept. 26 to bring him up to date on their work. Bishop Giuseppe Andrich of Belluno and Feltre, Italy, the diocese in which the [Read More...]

Ice skating with Fulton Sheen

You may remember a posting from July, when I mentioned meeting Fulton Sheen’s niece.  (She’s pictured above with Sheen’s successor at the Propagation of the Faith — and my current boss— CNEWA president Msgr. John Kozar.) Now, she’s given an interview and shared some fascinating details about the life of her celebrated uncle. From the Catholic [Read More...]

Feast of St. Gregory the Great: “It is for love of him that I do not spare myself in preaching him”

“I do not preach as I should nor does my life follow the principles I preach so inadequately. I do not deny that I am guilty, for I see my torpor and my negligence. Perhaps my very recognition of failure will win me pardon from a sympathetic judge. When I lived in a monastic community [Read More...]

St. Monica

Exemplary Mother of the Great Augustine,You perserveringly pursued your wayward son Not with wild threats But with prayerful cries to heaven. Intercede for all mothers in our day So that they may learn To draw their children to God. Teach them how to remain Close to their children, Even the prodigal sons and daughters Who [Read More...]

St. Maximilian Kolbe: “It is obedience alone that shows us God’s will”

“I rejoice greatly, dear brother, at the outstanding zeal that drives you to promote the glory of God. It is sad to see how in our times the disease called “indifferentism” is spreading in all its forms, not just among those in the world but also among the members of religious orders. But indeed, since [Read More...]

On St. Lawrence, deacon: “He loved Christ in his life, he imitated him in his death”

August 10 marks the feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr.  From a homily by St. Augustine:  The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Lawrence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him; spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him; and [Read More...]

What St. Therese can teach deacons about the chalice

Last year, I posted an item by Taylor Marshall on the unique relationship between deacons and the chalice, in which he noted: Deacons in all rites and traditions, East and West, are associated with the chalice in the liturgy. Deacons literally “hold the Mystery of Faith” at the minor elevation of the Holy Mass. Whether [Read More...]


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