Caught in God’s Net

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

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...]

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

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...]

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

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...]

Are You a Saint in the Making?

If you follow me in social networking venues, you’ll know that I’m somewhat obsessed with the lives of the saints. I blame/credit my parents, who first introduced me to these holy men and women in childhood and fostered in their children a deep desire for faith in our own lives. In those early years, seeds [Read More...]

Ferns, Flowers, & St. Mother Marianne

I’ll admit to having a “thing” for one of our newly minted Saints, St. “Mother” Marianne Cope. Among the newly canonized, she is likely my “favorite” saint (or at least in a two-way tie with St. Kateri). So I was excited to run across this gift shop offering a few special devotional items being offered [Read More...]


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