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

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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

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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

Venerable Fulton Sheen with Bishop Schlarman, early 1930's

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

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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

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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...]

Blessed John Paul II, Pray for Us! My View from the Beatification

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It’s nearly impossible for me to watch this stunning Rome Reports video recapping the Beatification of Blessed John Paul II, held two years ago today in Rome, and not cry overwhelmed tears of gratitude and awe. Truthfully, it’s good to re-watch this “up close” video, because my vantage point that day was far from the spot where [Read More...]

“In the Footsteps of Francis and the Sultan” Lends to Understanding, Dialogue

Francis and the Sultan

Recently, I received a review copy of the fascinating DVD In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking. A project of Franciscan Media, this project was funded by a variety of sources, including the USCCB’s Catholic Communication Campaign. One of my favorite movie reviewers, Sr. Rose Pacatte, recently called the film [Read More...]

Countess, Tramp or Toothache Sufferer? — St. Elizabeth of Hungary Pray for Us

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Today is one of my least favorite kinds of days. It’s a wake up early and do housework day, with just a touch of blogging thrown in here for good measure. We’re welcoming a special guest this weekend, so my gravely-neglected home needs a lot of TLC. I’ll admit it. I’m a domestic failure. My [Read More...]

Saint Kateri Celebrated as Model of Love, Faith and Virtue

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Mass of Celebration, Diocese of Fresno

On Sunday November 4, 2012, one week after Pope Benedict XVI’s canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha at the Vatican, families from across California’s Central Valley came together in St. John’s Cathedral to celebrate. Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Diocese of Fresno presided over the mass in honor of the very first Catholic Native American saint. [Read More...]

Prayers for Our Loved Ones in Purgatory

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As we close out All Souls Day, I realize I’ve been remiss in something I’d been planning to do here on the blog. Today saw Pope Benedict XVI pausing for quiet prayer in the Crypt beneath St. Peter’s Basilica to remember the souls of the faithfully departed pontiffs who have gone before him. Seeing the [Read More...]


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