Remembering Venerable Fulton on the Anniversary of His Ordination

I’m a day late, but on September 20, 1919 Venerable Fulton Sheen was ordained to the priesthood in Peoria, IL. Today, I’m happy to share the homily delivered yesterday at Cathedral Convent of the Missionaries of Charity in Peoria, IL by Msgr. Stanley Deptula, Executive Director of the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation: On this day in [Read More...]

Being A “Missionary Disciple”, Mule and All…

I love this article from News.va about Pope Francis’ reflection on the beatification of José Gabriel Brochero, known as Cura Brochero, a mule riding missionary in Argentina: Today, the Pope concluded, “let us allow Cura Brochero to enter, mule and all, into the house of our hearts, and to invite us to prayer, to the encounter [Read More...]

Wisdom of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life. St. John Chrysostom image credit [Read more...]

Little Fulton, St. Lawrence and Burn Safety Awareness

On January 8th, 2013 a little piece of our world was turned upside down. I remember the day, mundane at its start, flipping on end when I received news from my online friend Cassandra Poppe’s family. Cassandra’s small four-year-old son Fulton had been badly burned in an accident at their home. They were requesting urgent [Read More...]

Thomas Peters’ Surgery Scheduled, Novena Continues

For those of you praying with me for the health and wellbeing of my fellow Catholic blogger Thomas Peters of American Papist, you’ll want to know that Thom is scheduled for surgery tomorrow at 7:30 am ET. You can find all of the details online at the blog. Please take a moment tonight or early [Read More...]

A Few Rosary Goodies in Honor of St. Dominic’s Feast Day

Today, we celebrate the life of St. Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221), probably best known for his founding of a religious order or preachers (the Dominicans!) and his deep devotion to our Blessed Mother through the Rosary. To celebrate this day, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Rosary resources (listed here in no [Read More...]

“Saint” G.K. Chesterton? Cause Moves Forward

Fans and followers of author G.K. Chesterton will be happy with the following press release from the American Chesterton Society: Bishop of Northampton, England, to Appoint Cleric for Investigation of G.K. Chesterton’s Cause for Canonization WORCESTER, Massachusetts (August 1, 2013) – In his opening address at the 32nd Annual Chesterton Conference held at Assumption College, [Read More...]

Rare 1930′s Footage of Venerable Fulton Sheen Released

Courtesy of the blog of the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation today comes rare video footage of Venerable Fulton from the early 1930′s. Per the video’s Youtube description: Fr. Fulton Sheen returned home from his continued studies overseas and received a warm welcome as featured guest in the early 1930′s and attends Mass with Bishop Schlarman [Read More...]

Two Mothers and 800 Martyrs: Our Newest Saints

What a joyful coincidence was yesterday’s canonization of two “Mothers” and 800 martyrs on our “Mother’s Day”. Pope Francis’ homily (quoted in portions below) provided a compelling introduction to our newest patrons: 800 Martyrs of Otranto: Today the Church proposes for our veneration a host of martyrs, who were called together to the supreme witness to [Read More...]

First Saints Canonized by Pope Francis

At Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis canonized 800 Martyrs from the Italian city of Otranto, along with two Latin American religious Foundresses, Mother Laura Montoya e Upegui – the first Colombian saint – and Mother Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, from Mexico. In his homily, the Holy Father asked us to “look [Read More...]


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