Without Sin– Always. How Great Would That Be?

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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 … [Read more...]

Teresa of Avila: Patron of Catholic Writers and Headache Sufferers!

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A Saint I Can Relate To! St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast day is celebrated on October 15, was a mystic, writer, reformer, and the founder of the Discalced Carmelites.  In 1970, she was one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Church. In 1577 St. Teresa’s guide for spiritual development, The Interior Castle (in Spanish, El Castillo Interior) was published.  In the book, she envisioned the soul as a crystal globe in the shape of a castle containing seven mansions, each … [Read more...]

Would St. Jerome Go to the Library?

St. Jerome

September 30 is the feast of St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, patron of libraries.  The most scholarly of the church’s early theologians, Jerome has an extensive list of writings.  His commentaries and letters offer a peek into fourth-century life in Rome, but he is probably best known for translating the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate).  Medieval paintings of the saint always show him with a large book. Which has me wondering:  If Jerome, scholar that he was, were alive today, … [Read more...]


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