Our Lady of Victory, Pray for Us

Battle of Lepanto

On October 7, Catholics remember Our Lady of the Rosary.The feast was actually instituted under another name:  In 1571 Pope Pius V instituted “Our Lady of Victory” as an annual feast in thanksgiving for Mary’s patronage in the victory of the Holy League over the Muslim Turks in the Battle of Lepanto.  Two years later, in 1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed the title of this feastday to “Feast of the Holy Rosary.”  And in 1716, Pope Clement XI extended the feast to the whole of the Latin Rite, ins … [Read more...]

Prayers for Bishop Braxton

Bishop Braxton

Please join with me today in praying for Bishop Edward Braxton, bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Belleville.On September 13, following several days of intense pain, Bishop Braxton underwent surgery at Belleville’s Saint Elizabeth Hospital to remove a nonmalignant blockage between his large and small intestines.  The diocese reported at that time that the bishop’s schedule would be adjusted for the next four to six weeks.Today, a friend asked for continued prayers for His Exce … [Read more...]

Senate Chaplain: “Save Us from the Madness”

U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black

Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, like other Americans, does not much like this government impasse.  He’s fed up with lawmakers’ inability to reach agreement on the vote to approve a budget, to raise the debt ceiling, and to keep our government operational.But while many citizens feel helpless to force the hand of our elected officials, Reverend Black knows he has their ear.  And this week, he’s been using his pulpit to drive home his point to the U.S. Senate during the morning invocat … [Read more...]