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

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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

Fulton Poppe, Superhero!

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

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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...]

“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...]

Caught in God’s Net

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God’s goodness, even in light of my personal shortcomings, never ceases to amaze me. This morning, I had some fruitful prayer time with today’s gospel from Matthew 13. I was particularly struck by one portion of Jesus’ teachings to his disciples: The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects [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...]

Let’s Give “The Mother’s Saint” 3000+ “Likes” for Mother’s Day

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I enjoy my friendly relationship with the Redemptorists who run the wonderful website and Facebook page devoted to serving women through the intercession of St. Gerard Majella. Here’s a bit more about them from their Facebook “about” section: Our online community provides prayer, support, celebration, education and hope for all mothers, mothers-to-be, and those trying [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...]


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