St. Stephen, First Deacon and First Martyr

In art, St. Stephen is often depicted with three stones and a martyr's palm.  In Eastern Christian iconography, he is shown as a young, beardless man with a tonsure, wearing a deacon's alb and stole, and holding a miniature church building or a censer, a vessel for burning incense.The first martyr and the first deacon, Stephen's story is told in Chapters 6 and 7 of the Acts of the Apostles.  He was a deacon in the early church; and he was a persuasive preacher who led many to Christ.  The Sa … [Read more...]

Without Sin– Always. How Great Would That Be?

December 8 - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception “I am the Immaculate Conception.”The young girl shook her head—she didn’t understand what she was hearing.  The Lady had just told her who she was, but it made no sense to Bernadette.  She had never heard those mysterious words before. * * * * * Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, the illiterate daughter of a miller, eighteen times at the grotto of Massabielle, near … [Read more...]

So Bill Murray Likes the Latin Mass? Well, His Sister Nancy, a Catholic Nun, Likes Catherine of Siena

Bill Murray - St. Vincent

Everyone's talking today about Bill Murray, after he said that he liked the Traditional Latin Mass.  The actor was in Toronto promoting his new comedy "St. Vincent", and he talked with The Guardian about the recent canonizations, sacred music and the Latin Mass.Speaking about the liturgy, Murray tells The Guardian reporter Catherine Shoard: "...I tend to disagree with what they call the new mass. I think we lost something by losing the Latin. Now if you go to a Catholic mass even just in Har … [Read more...]


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