Monday, November 30, 2015

Istanbul - They Might Be Giants - lyrics





The success of Mohammedanism in Africa and the East had been due to its offering the opportunity it afforded of freedom to the slave and debtor, and an extreme simplicity which pleased  the unintelligent masses who were perplexed by the mysteries of Catholicism. During the early years of Islam society had fallen, much as our society has today, into a tangle wherein the bulk of men were disappointed and angry and seeking for a solution to the whole group of social strains.
There was indebtedness everywhere; the power of money and consequent usury.
There was slavery everywhere. To all this Islam came as a vast relief and a solution of strain.
The slave who admitted that Mohammed was the prophet of God and that the new teaching had, therefore, divine authority, ceased to be a slave.
The slave who adopted Islam was henceforward free.
The debtor who "accepted" was rid of his debts.
Usury was forbidden.
The small farmer was relieved not only of his debts but of his crushing taxation.
Above all, justice could be had without buying it from lawyers

Sunday, November 29, 2015

30th November - Saint Andrew - Independent Catholic News

30th November - Saint Andrew - Independent Catholic News

St. Saturninus, Roman Catholic Priest Bishop of Toulouse and Martyr

St. Saturninus, Roman Catholic Priest Bishop of Toulouse and Martyr. The infidels tied his feet to a wild bull, which was brought thither to be sacrificed. The beast being driven from the temple, ran violently down the hill, so that the martyr's scull was broken, and his brains dashed out. Feastday Nov 29

St. Paramon and Companions - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Paramon and Companions - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Paramon and Companions, Three hundred and seventy five Roman Catholic Martyrs, who are reported to have been put to death on the same day during the persecutions of the Church under Emperor Trajanus Decius . Feastday Nov.29

Sts. Saturninus & Sisinius - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Sts. Saturninus & Sisinius - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Sts. Saturninus & Sisinius Roman Catholic Martyrs of Rome. Saturninus was a priest from Carthage who went to Rome and was arrested with a deacon, Sisinius, during the persecutions of Emperor Maximian. They were sentenced to hard labor and either died during their ordeal or were tortured and then beheaded. It is known with certainty that Saturninus lived, was martyred, and was buried on the Via Saleria, Rome, Feastday Nov 29

Saturday, November 28, 2015

St. Catherine Laboure - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Catherine Laboure - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Catherine Laboure, Roman Catholic Virgin Nun. Three times in 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, who then was a twenty-four year old novice. Feastday: November 28

Friday, November 27, 2015

St. James Intercisus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. James Intercisus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. James Intercisus, Roman Catholic Martyr of Persia. He declared himself to be a Christian to the new king, Bahram. When James refused to apostasize, he was executed by having his body cut apart piece by piece, beginning with his fingers (hence his surname Intercisus - cut to pieces), and then beheaded. Feastday Nov 27

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

St. Catherine of Alexandria - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Catherine of Alexandria - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Catherine of Alexandria, Roman Catholic Virgin and Martyr whose feast day is November 25th. She is the patroness of philosophers and preachers. Condemned to death. She was put on a spiked wheel, and when the wheel broke, she was beheaded. Feastday Nov 25

St. Peter of Alexandria - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Peter of Alexandria - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Peter of Alexandria, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr. He is called the “seal and complement of martyrs” as he was the last Christian beheaded by Roman authorities. Feastday: November 25

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

24th November - Saint Colman of Cloyne - Independent Catholic News

24th November - Saint Colman of Cloyne - Independent Catholic News

Martyrs of Vietnam - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Martyrs of Vietnam - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Eastern Vietnam - fifteen priests, 60 cathechists, 250 nuns, 24,000 Catholic lay men and women. Southern Vietnam - ten priests, 8,585 Catholic men and women. Southern Tonkin region - eight French missionaries, one native priest, 63 cathechists, and 400 more Christians slain - in all, in the Southern Tonkin region an estimated 4,799 were martyred and 1,181 died of starvation. Some 10,000 Catholics were forced to flee the area. Feastday Nov 24

Monday, November 23, 2015

Christians must not to be 'sourpusses' or like people coming back from a funeral

Pope Francis wants all of us to become heralds of the joy of the Gospel. In Evangelii Gaudium he cautions us not to be 'sourpusses' or like people coming back from a funeral. He insists: 'Let us not allow ourselves to be 'robbed of hope' (EG 83).

There is a definite temptation nowadays to rob the Church of hope. We often hear people speaking about the decline in Church practice, or the lack of vocations to the priesthood and religious life as signals that Europe has 'lost the faith'. It is true that many people in Europe have drifted away from regular Church practice: there is an increasing loss of the 'sense of the sacred', and more and more people seem to be growing used to living their lives with little or no reference to belief and trust in God.

Pope Francis tells us that it is now, more than ever, that the world needs to hear the song of the Lord, 'the joy of the Gospel'. He challenges us to get out there and to bring faith to life. A Church which does not come out of herself to evangelise, he said, becomes self-referential and then gets sick.
In Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis asks us to put everything we do into a new key - a 'missionary key'.

He wrote:
'I dream of a missionary option, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church's customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today's world rather than for her self-preservation' (EG 27).

And again...

'Pastoral ministry in a missionary key seeks to abandon the complacent attitude that says: 'We have always done it this way'. It invites everyone to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelisation in their respective communities' (EG 33).

Pope St. Clement I - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Pope St. Clement I - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Pope St. Clement I, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr. As Clement succeeded in converting many pagans, he was sent to Aufidianus, the prefect, who ordered him to be drowned in the sea with an old anchor attached to his neck. His body was recovered by his disciple Phoebus. The relics of S. Clement were deposited in the church of San Clemente, where they are still reverently preserved. Feastday: November 23

Bl. Miguel Pro - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Miguel Pro - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



BL. José Ramón Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and Martyr also known as Blessed Miguel Pro (born January 13, 1891 – executed November 23, 1927), was a Mexican Jesuit Catholic priest executed under the presidency of Plutarco Elías Calles on trumped up charges of bombing and attempted assassination against former Mexican President Álvaro Obregón. Feastday: November 23

Saturday, November 21, 2015

22nd November - Saint Cecilia - Independent Catholic News

22nd November - Saint Cecilia - Independent Catholic News

St. Gelasius - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Gelasius - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Pope Gelasius I (died 19 November 496) was the head of The Holy Roman Catholic Church from March 492 to his death in 496. He was probably the third and last Bishop of Rome of North African origin in the Catholic Church. Feastday Nov 21

St. Albert of Louvain - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Albert of Louvain - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Albert of Louvain, Roman Catholic Priest Martyr. He was chosen Bishop of Liège in 1191 by the people and the Church. Emperor Henry VI proposed his own choice, causing Albert to journey to Rome to appeal to Celestine III. The pope ordained him a deacon and sent him to the Archbishop of Rheims. The archbishop ordained Albert a priest and consecrated him as a bishop. Outside of Rheims, Albert was accosted by eight followers of Henry VI, who stabbed him to death. Feastday Nov 21

Thursday, November 19, 2015

St. Nerses the Great - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Nerses the Great - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Nerses the Great,Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr. Bishop and martyred by the Armenian ruler, Pap, whose dissolute lifestyle caused Nerses to refuse him admission into church. Nerses was invited to a royal banquet at Khakh, on the Euphrates River, and was assassinated by poison. Feastday Nov 19

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

St Evodius was the first person to identify the faithful as Christians

St Evodius was the first person to identify the faithful as Christians.

He was Bishop martyr, the successor of St. Peter in Antioch.

He was one of the seventy-two disciples of Jesus. He may have been consecrated bishop by St. Peter.

Bl. Karolina Kozka - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Karolina Kozka - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Karolina Kózka (2 August 1898 – 18 November 1914) Roman Catholic Polish teenager virgin-martyr. She died while resisting an attempted rape by a Russian soldier. Feastday Nov 18


St. Rose Philippine Duchesne - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, Roman Catholic Virgin Nun R.S.C.J. (also known as the Society of The Sacred Heart), She spent the last half of her life teaching and serving the people of the Midwestern United States. Feast day November 18

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Martyrs of Paraguay - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Martyrs of Paraguay - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Martyrs of Paraguay, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priests and Martyrs. Three Spanish Jesuits - Roch Gonzalez, Aiphonsus Rodriguez, Juan de Castilo - who were slain in missions called “reductions,” including the main site on the Jiuhi River in Paraguay. They were at All Saints Mission there when they were murdered Feastday: November 17

Bl. Josaphat Kocylovskyj - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Josaphat Kocylovskyj - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Josaphat Kocylovskyj, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr. He was sent to the Capaivca labor camps (Kiev region), where he underwent continuous pressure to move to the Russian Orthodox Church. He died in the same camp as a result of cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 71 years,  Feastday: November 17


Sunday, November 15, 2015

St. Albert the Great - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Albert the Great - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Albert the Great, Roman Catholic Priest and Doctor of The Church, He was a German Dominican friar and a Catholic bishop. Feastday Nov 15

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Vortex—Convert or Die

The Vortex—Convert or Die

The Vortex—Convert or Die

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online





St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin Roman Catholic Nun, In 1946, she became the first American citizen to be canonized (Feast day November 13)

Bl. Vincent Bossilkov - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Vincent Bossilkov - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Vincent Bossilkov, Roman Catholic Passionist Priest, bishop of Nicopolis and martyr in the Communist campaign in Bulgaria against religion. Feastday: November 13

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bl. Kamen Vitchev - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Kamen Vitchev - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Kamen Vitchev, Byzantine-Slavonic Rite Roman Catholic priest and Martyr. Arrested by the Communists, falsely charged with heading a “Catholic conspiracy” against the government. On November 11, 1952, he was executed by gunfire. Feastday: November 11

St. Martin of Tours - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Martin of Tours - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Martin of Tours, was Roman Catholic Bishop of Tours, whose shrine in France became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Feastday: November 11

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

St. Leo the Great - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Leo the Great - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Leo the Great, Pope Leo I (c. 400 – 10 November 461), also known as Saint Leo the Great, was the head of the Catholic Church from 29 September 440 to his death in 461. Feastday: November 10

Monday, November 9, 2015

St. Theodore Tyro - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Theodore Tyro - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Theodore Tyro, Roman martyr, considered to be virtually identical with St. Theodore Stratelates. According to custom, he was a recruit (tiro) in the Roman army at Pontus, on the Black Sea. After refusing to participate in a pagan ceremony, he was brought before the tribune of the legion and the governor of the region. Freed temporarily, he immediately went out and set fire to the temple of Cybele near Amasea in Pontus. For this crime, he was burned to death in a furnace. Feastday Nov 9

Saint of the Day for Monday, November 9th, 2015 - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Saint of the Day for Monday, November 9th, 2015 - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



November 9 is the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John on the Lateran Hill. Why is a feast for a church in Rome so important? Because, as the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome, it is, therefore the cathedral church of the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. It is the first of the four “patriarchal basilicas” in Rome (the others being St. Paul’s Outside- the-Walls, St. Peter’s at the Vatican and St. Mary Major). Its official title is quite long: Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior and Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist at the Lateran.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

St. Castorius - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Castorius - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Four Crowned Roman Catholic Martyrs, Castorius, Claudius, Nicostratus, and Symphorian were tortured and slain in Pannonia, having been carvers from Sirmium. They refused to carve a pagan statue and were martyred by retired co-Emperor Diocletian. A martyr named Simplicius died with them. The second group of Four Holy Crowned Ones died at Albano, Italy. They were Carpophorus, Secundius, Severian, and Victorinus. Feastday Nov 8

Friday, November 6, 2015

Bl. Martyrs of Astoria during Spanish Civil War - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Martyrs of Astoria during Spanish Civil War - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Roman Catholic Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War, the people who were killed by Republicans during the war because of their faith. As of July 2008, almost one thousand Spanish martyrs have been beatified or canonized. For some two thousand additional martyrs. Feastday Nov.6

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November 5th - Saints Zachariah and Elizabeth - Independent Catholic News

November 5th - Saints Zachariah and Elizabeth - Independent Catholic News

St. Charles Borromeo - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Charles Borromeo - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Charles Borromeo,  1538–1584) was the cardinal archbishop of Milan from 1564 to 1584. Among the great reformers of the troubled sixteenth century, Borromeo, with St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Philip Neri, and others, led the movement to combat the inroads of the Protestant Reformation. Feastday: Nov 4

Sunday, November 1, 2015

St. Mary the Slave - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Mary the Slave - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St Mary the Slave Roma Catholic Martyr and slave of a Roman patrician named Tertullus. Delivered to the local prefect on charges of being a Christian, despite Tertullus' effort to save her, Mary suffered unspeakable tortures. Spectators demanded her release, and the prefect turned her over to the custody of a soldier. He aided her escape. She died a natural death but is venerated as a martyr because of the intensity of her sufferings. Feastday Nov 1


Bl. Teodor Romza - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Teodor Romza - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Teodor Romza, Roman Catholic priest and bishop, he was tireless in his defence of the rights of the Catholic Church there. On 27 October 1947, the Soviets attempted to kill Bishop Romzha. Heavily wounded, he was taken to the hospital in Mukachiv, where he was subsequently poisoned and died on 1 November 1947. Feastday: November 1