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May 9, 2016

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You really should follow the Carmelites’ Facebook page. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Joe Six-Pack, here. I just wanted to let you know that as a Catholic, I’m fully aware that my vocation is to be numbered among the saints. As it turns out, that’s your destiny too. I’m not going to romanticize it, though.

Don’t believe me? Love it? Leave it? Cry about it?

Please. Just come to terms with it, umkay? (more…)

February 10, 2014

How can something good come from something tragic? This is a mystery to us all. We see the devastation and the loss of life, and we wonder, Why Lord? Can anything good come from natural disasters? It’s the riddle of our lives as bit players on the stage when we all believe we are the lead role in the play.

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November 1, 2013

The Ford Mustang, naturally. (more…)

June 22, 2013

 

Sir Thomas More, Hans Holbein, the Younger.
Sir Thomas More, Hans Holbein, the Younger.

Not all Christians are hypocrites all the time. The proof of that statement resides in the Church Triumphant, specifically in the witness of the martyrs for the Faith. Yes indeed, the Communion of Saints is a treasure house of role models of redeemed fallenness.

Take, for instance, St. Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers, martyr for religious freedom, whose Feast we celebrate today. (more…)

April 29, 2013

 

Fearless. Bold. Doctor of the Church. Poet. Mystic. Stigmatic. Correspondent of Popes and Royalty. Correspondent to the Faithful. Action-oriented contemplative. Saint Catherine of Siena was all these and more. (more…)

March 7, 2013

Perpetua, Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus (Public Domain)
Perpetua, Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus (Public Domain)

 

Today is the Feast of Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas. I drummed up a few tidbits about them from the YIMCatholic Bookshelf. (more…)

February 6, 2013

Today is the feast day of St. Paul Miki and his companions. They were martyred in Nagasaki on February 5th in the year 1597.

The story of the martyrs has been made into a film and it’s title is 26 Martyrs. It’s an animated short that will serve as a companion piece to the docu-drama that a number of you have helped to fund: All That Remains. I think you’ll agree that it looks like a “must see” film. (more…)

January 24, 2013

"Franz von Sales". Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_von_Sales.jpg#/media/File:Franz_von_Sales.jpg
“Franz von Sales”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Courage is an enduring virtue, one that Christians of all strips have to tap into in the course of their lives. As such,  it is with great pleasure that I see that we commemorate St. Francis de Sales on this day. (more…)

December 29, 2012

Another day, another magnificent saint for us to model our behavior after. This is one of the great things about the liturgical calendar during the Octave of Christmas. Yesterday, the Church commemorated the Holy Innocents.

For today, we have another martyr, of the type that needs not much of an introduction. You know the type, or do you? The story of St. Thomas Becket shows us that yes, people can change when they answer the call of conversion, open themselves to God, and allow the circumcision of their hearts. (more…)

December 27, 2012

John the Evangelist, El Greco (Public Domain).

Today is the feast day of St. John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” Jesus called him and his brother James the “sons of thunder,” so they must have been quite a lively pair. This is a portrait of the young John painted by El Greco.

What follows is the citation on John from Jesuit Father Francis Xavier Weninger’s book, Lives of the Saints. (more…)




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