O My 3 Patron Saints, Teach Me What You Know!

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Yes, that is patrons, as in multiple. Because I have three of them, this year. Plus all the others I'm not able to leave behind. I've been pulling saint patrons (or having friends pull them for me, or using internet generators like this one and this one) for probably a dozen years, and most years I start out getting my saint and wondering, "Whaaaat? Saint Who?" My nun friends all say "you don't pick the saint; the saint picks you", and I've tried to keep that in mind. Most years, I … [Read more...]

“I think prison freed me…” Mother Antonia Brenner RIP

Mother Antonia Brenner/David Maung

Over at Deacon Greg's place he notes a study and asks Is being a Good Samaritan a Matter of Genetics? Or grace, or a combination of the two? Perhaps specifically-graced-genetics? This seems a timely question in light of the passing of the fascinating Mother Antonia Brenner (born Mary Clark), foundress of Eudist Servants Of The Eleventh Hour and one of those formidable "Irish Catholic" women so many of us have known and loved. She is survived by her seven children. The diminutive, … [Read more...]

Word of the Day – UPDATED

Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Teresa, in Santa Maria della Vittoria Church, Rome You're going to like this one. And it has a St. Philip Neri connection, again, too! Also, check out a more modern saint with whom you may be unfamiliar, Alberto Hurtado. … [Read more...]

Beatifying Newman, Neri & More

One of the books I'll be trying to read while in Rome is John Henry Newman; Prayers, Verses and Devotions, from Ignatius Press. Just as it seems like St. Philip Neri, my Patron for this year, may have had a hand in making Rome a suddenly reality (when I discovered that our lodgings are very near his Oratory, I could almost hear him laughing), finding this book--in perfect condition--in the "used book" bin at church seemed like a gift, too. Since Pope Benedict will be beatifying Newman on … [Read more...]


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