Devotion to St. Pio

My parish has undertaken a novena to St. Pio—popularly known as “Padre Pio.” We’ve moved a large statue of the saint from its place in a side chapel, to a prominent position in the sanctuary. A number of people were drawn to him after Mass today. Oh blessed Saint Padre Pio, you were a priest [Read More...]

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Homily for October 21, 2012: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As most of you know, today the Holy Father formally declared a number of new saints, including two from New York, Mother Marianne Cope and Kateri Tekakwitha. I think it is a special and unexpected grace that Kateri was declared a saint during our parish centennial.  She is literally a part of this church. If [Read More...]

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WWPD? What Would Pio Do?

For this feast of St. Padre Pio, Diane over at Te Deum laudamus! reflects on how he dealt with persecution and hardship in the middle of his own vocation: We know that St. Pio suffered greatly at the hands of Church authorities.  Such things should not come as a surprise to any priest or religious.  [Read More...]

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That OTHER Deacon Greg

Okay.  Besides being a deacon, St. Gregory the Great was also a pope and a saint.   In his spare time, he wrote the first biography of St. Benedict and, when he had nothing better to do, composed the chant that bears his name.  Overachiever?  Just a bit. Happy feast day, though, to all the [Read More...]

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