St. John Vianney, Pray for Us

St. John Vianney - stained glass

Today is the Memorial of St. John Vianney, patron of priests.Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, a French parish priest, was born in 1786 and died on August 4, 1859.  His parents were forced to drive great distances to attend Mass in the countryside, since it was illegal in France at the time.  His education had been interrupted by the French revolution, and he twice failed the exams required before he could be ordained.As a priest, he was named pastor of a small church in the remote French h … [Read more...]

Fictional “Pope Joan” Listed Among Twelve Women Who Helped Shape Christianity

Mary the Mother of God

This morning I was flummoxed to read in The Tablet a list of twelve women who supposedly "helped shape Christianity."  Numbered among this august group, according to writer Peter Stanford, are a prostitute, an excommunicated ex-nun, and an imaginary heroine who never even existed.Where on the list, I wondered, is St. Catherine of Siena, who had the political boldness to "speak truth to power" and who counseled Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome from Avignon and resume leadership and … [Read more...]

St. Honoré Cake: The Pastry Named for a Saint

St Honore cake

Feeling hungry?  How about a St. Honoré cake? *     *     *     *     *The St. Honoré cake is named for St. Honoré, the patron saint of bakers and pastry chefs.  He lived in the sixth century and was the bishop of Amiens, in northern France.   Check it out:  This classic French dessert starts with a circle of puff pastry at its base, with a ring of pâte à choux (a light pastry dough) piped on the outer edge. After the base is baked, small cream puffs are dipped into caramelized sug … [Read more...]


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