“You will set the world on fire…” Catherine echoed in Pope Francis

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of SienaI've told this to my kids all their lives, even before I knew Catherine had said it: If you do the thing you're born to do, you will excel, you will excite, you will change things."But how do you know what you're born to do?" they would ask, "If you do lots of things well, how do you know what you are born to do?"Some of us might not be so blessed, of course, maybe some of us can only do one … [Read more...]

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When a 375 Word Rebuttal is just not Enough – UPDATED

Image courtesy of shutterstock.comA few days ago I received an invite from a major US newspaper (one I like and even count among its contributors a friend or two) asking if I would be interested in writing a 375 word rebuttal to an editorial; its publication next week will apparently identify the problems within the Catholic church, as this editorial board sees them, and would proceed (I presume) to make its recommendations as to what the church should do in order to (again, I presume) get … [Read more...]

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Would “Saint” Dorothy Day like that?

In just about any article or bio of Dorothy Day, one of the first quotes you'll come across that is ascribed to her is, "Don't call me a saint; I don't want to be dismissed that easily." One the heels of news that the USCCB has enthusiastically endorsed her cause Father James Martin, S.J. talks to Robert Ellsberg (who edited her wonderful diaries for The Duty of Delight) about that remark, what it means, and in what context Dorothy might have made it:Dorothy’s own relationship with saints w … [Read more...]

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Happy Birthday, Dorothy Day!

“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.” ― Dorothy DayThis, of course, is correct, and precisely why I have to go to confession on Saturday. I have to confess to loving Harry Reid very, very, very little and badly.Happy Birthday to Servant of God Dorothy Day; Benedictine Oblate, fangirl of St. Therese of Lisieux; an "obedient daughter of the Church" who loved the Mass, had no time for bullshit and managed to commingle Catholic teaching about the Eucha … [Read more...]

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All Saints: Are you Parental, Praying or Partying?

Today is the Solemnity of All Saints, one of my favorite days of the liturgical year. I love stepping out of church into the full thrust of Autumn and pondering that while the rest of the world goes about its business, we Catholics have taken some time to consider some of our great ancestors in the faith. Tomorrow, we consider the rest of them, for All Souls day.While tomorrow is not, today is a Holy Day of Obligation and it occurred to me as I peered down my facebook feed that our … [Read more...]

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The Appeal of Fulton Sheen

I like Pat McNamara's look into the background of Ven. Fulton Sheen:Growing up on an Illinois farm, a neighbor had told his father: "Newt, that oldest boy of yours, Fulton, will never be worth a damn. He's always got his nose in a book." Born May 8th, 1895, he was named Peter but called Fulton (his mother's maiden name) throughout his life. From childhood, he knew two things: he hated farm life and he wanted to be a priest.At St. Viator College in Bourbonnais, he joined the debating … [Read more...]

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St. Monica, Mothers, Manutergium and Father Michael

photosourceToday is the feastday of Saint Monica, mother of Saint Augustine, whose tomb I meant to visit on my last trip to Rome, but got sidetracked, because I am an idiot. As the mother of two young men, I need her help!Her feastday has Fr. Michael Duffy thinking about his mother and the mothers of priests and the manutergium:In recent years many newly ordained have carefully set aside these purificators in a bag with their name on it so that they may retain this purificator and … [Read more...]

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In other News, Fulton Sheen is “Venerable” UPDATED

While the SCOTUS ruling was breaking, this story came over the wires, too:Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is now “Venerable” after the Vatican announced today that Benedict XVI had signed a decree recognising that the archbishop heroically lived Christian virtues.The announcement of the decree marks a significant step in the canonization cause of Peoria, Ill.-born Archbishop Sheen (1895-1979), the Emmy award-winning televangelist whose program, "Life is Worth Living," was bro … [Read more...]

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You Say “Tomato,” I Say “To-MAH-to”: St. Blase and the Holy Helpers

OK, so Father Longenecker—This week I wrote about St. Blase, and you followed up with a great post on St. Blaise.Nonplussed, I went directly to Spell-Check, I did not pass Go, and I confirmed that We Are Both Right. The saint whose feast day we celebrated today answers us, whichever spelling we prefer.I am not defensive or spiteful or OCD or anything like that, but I did happen to notice that the following websites all spell the name as I did: Blase. • EWTN • Holy Spirit Inter … [Read more...]

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ST. BLASE: Patron of Throat Illnesses

Through the intercession of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from every disease of the throat and from every other illness:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. — From the blessing of throats on the Feast of St. Blase, February 3*    *     *     *     * It’s great to be Catholic—We have so many cherished friends crowding around the throne of God!Like our earthly friends who are just a phone call away, the saints—those in the C … [Read more...]

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