Saturday, December 31, 2016

St. Sylvester - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Sylvester - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Sylvester, Roman Catholic Priest and was Pope for twenty-four years and eleven months.The Council of Nice was assembled during his reign, in the year 325,

Friday, December 30, 2016

Bl. John Alcober - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Alcober - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online


Bl. John Alcober, Roman Catholic Dominican Martyr in China. Born in Gerona, Spain, he entered the Dominicans, being sent in 1728 to China as a missionary. Arrested in 1746 by Chinese officials, he was held in prison until strangled to death. He died with Blessed Peter Sanz and other Dominicans. Feastday Dec 30

St. Anysia - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Anysia - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Anysia, Roman Catholic Martyr of Greece. She was a wealthy woman of Salonika, in Thessaly, who used her personal funds to aid the poor. A soldier accosted her in the street and tried to drag her to a pagan sacrifice. Anysia resisted and was killed when the soldier attacked her with his sword. feastday Dec 30

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bl. William Howard - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. William Howard - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. William Howard, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. He was arrested on the false accusation of complicity in the so-called Popish Plot and imprisoned for two years before finally being beheaded on Tower Hill. Feastday Dec 29

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. John Stone

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. John Stone: Over at the National Catholic Register , please find my post on St. Thomas of Canterbury today, on his feast. I also tell the story of St....

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Bl. Michael Nakashima - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Michael Nakashima - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Michael Nakashima, Roman Catholic Jesuit martyr of Japan. A native Japanese, Michael was admitted to the Society of Jesus because of his holiness and courage. He hid priests and was placed under arrest for many months for harboring missionaries. Michael was then taken to Shimabara and was scalded to death in the hot springs at Mount Ungen. Feastday Dec.25

Pope Francis: 'Urbi et Orbi' Christmas Message 2016- text - Indep

Pope Francis: 'Urbi et Orbi' Christmas Message 2016- text - Indep: The power of this Child, Son of God and Son of Mary, is not the power of this world, based on might and wealth; it is the power of love. It is the power which created the heavens and the earth, which gives life to all creation: to minerals, plants and animals; it is the force which attracts man and woman, and makes them one flesh, one single existence; it is the power which gives new birth, pardons faults, reconciles enemies, and transforms evil into good. It is the power of God.

2016.12.25 Christmas Message and Urbi et Orbi blessing

Friday, December 23, 2016

23rd December: Saint Thorlac - Independent Catholic News

23rd December: Saint Thorlac - Independent Catholic News: Bishop. Born in Iceland in 1133, St Thorlac went to Paris and Lincoln to study. When he returned home he is said to have ignored advice to marry a rich widow - at a time when many other Icelandic priests were married - and instead started a house of canons regular at Thykkviboer. He was consecrated bishop of Skalholt in 1178 and set about reforming the Church in Iceland, drawing up a code for both laity in clergy. He died on this day in 1193, and was canonised by bishops in the national assembly in 1198.

The Calvinist Roots of American Anti-Intellectualism

The Calvinist Roots of American Anti-Intellectualism
Donald Trump a Calvinist?

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: This is Real: The Incarnation

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: This is Real: The Incarnation: From Blessed John Henry Newman's Parochial and Plain Sermon, " Unreal Words ": What I have been saying comes to this:—be i...

Thursday, December 22, 2016

22 December - Blessed Jacopone da Todi - Independent Catholic News

22 December - Blessed Jacopone da Todi - Independent Catholic News: Italian Franciscan Friar from Umbria. Born in 1230, he wrote many songs of praise and was an early pioneer in Italian theatre, being one of the earliest scholars who dramatised Gospel subjects. Born Jacopo dei Benedetti, he was a member of a noble family. He studied law in Bologna and became a successful lawyer. In his late 20s, he married a young noblewoman, named Vanna, who was a pious and generous woman.

Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth | Catholic Answers

Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth | Catholic Answers

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE?
Old catechisms asked, "Why did God make you?" The answer: "God made me to know him, to love him, and to serve him in this world and to be happy with him forever in the next." Here, in just 26 words, is the whole reason for our existence. Jesus answered the question even more briefly: "I came so that [you] might have life and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

Pope: ‘Open your hearts to good news of Christmas’

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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Hilaire Belloc, Hammer of Historians

21 December - St Peter Canisius - Independent Catholic News

21 December - St Peter Canisius - Independent Catholic News: Jesuit Priest and Doctor of the Church. Peter Canisius worked tirelessly to defend the Catholic faith during the Protestant Reformation in Germany, Austria, Bohemia, Moravia, and Switzerland. The restoration of the Catholic Church in Germany after the Reformation is largely attributed to the work there of the Society of Jesus, which he led.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

20th December - Saint Dominic of Silos - Independent Catholic News

20th December - Saint Dominic of Silos - Independent Catholic News: Abbot. A patron of pregnant women. St Dominic was born in 1000, at Rioja in Navarre. His parents were farmers and he worked the land with them for some years before becoming a monk. He was later ordained priest and became prior at St Milan de la Congolla. However after a dispute over property rights he was exiled with two companions. Ferdinand I of Old Castile welcomed these monastic refugees

Monday, December 19, 2016

19th December - St Thomas De and Companions - Independent Catholic News

19th December - St Thomas De and Companions - Independent Catholic News: Thomas De, Dominic Uy, Augustine Moi, Francis Xavier Mau, Francis Man were Vietnamese catechists who were martyred together in 1839 under the persecution of the Emperor Minh Mang. Thomas De was a tailor who entered the Dominicans as a tertiary. Arrested on the charge of giving aid and shelter to foreign missionaries, he was strangled at the age of 26. Augustine Moi, also a Dominican tertiary, worked as a day labourer.

Pope reflects on Mary and Joseph, mystery of God's closeness with humanity - Independent Catholic News

Pope reflects on Mary and Joseph, mystery of God's closeness with humanity - Independent Catholic News: Thousands gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus with Pope Francis. The Holy Father reflected on the day's Gospel which he said 'shows us two people, who more than any other, have been involved in this mystery of love: the Virgin Mary and her husband Joseph. The mystery of love, mystery of the closeness of God with humanity.' 'Mary is presented in the light of the prophecy that says: 'Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son.' The Evangelist Matthew recognizes what had happened in Mary, that she conceived Jesus as a work of the Holy Spirit.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Holy Cards and the English Reformation

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Holy Cards and the English Reformation: I am almost never surprised now that I'll find some connection to the English Reformation almost everywhere I look--for example, this...

Sunday, December 18, 2016

18th December - St Samthan - Independent Catholic News

18th December - St Samthan - Independent Catholic News: Irish nun. This 8th century saint was a foster child of King Cridan of Cairbr Gabrah. He had planned to arrange a marriage for her, but she decided to become a nun instead. After training under St Cognat at Arnaide in Donegal she founded a convent at Clonbrony in Co Longford. Samthan is named in the litany and the canon of the ancient Stowe Missal.

18th December - St Samthan - Independent Catholic News

18th December - St Samthan - Independent Catholic News: Irish nun. This 8th century saint was a foster child of King Cridan of Cairbr Gabrah. He had planned to arrange a marriage for her, but she decided to become a nun instead. After training under St Cognat at Arnaide in Donegal she founded a convent at Clonbrony in Co Longford. Samthan is named in the litany and the canon of the ancient Stowe Missal.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

16th December - Saint Adelaide - Independent Catholic News

16th December - Saint Adelaide - Independent Catholic News: Empress, wife and mother. This much-loved 10th century saint lived in Alsace. After her first husband, King Lothair of Italy, died in 950, she became the second wife of King Otto the Great (whose first wife had been Edith, sister of the English king). In 962 Adelaide and Otto were crowned emperor and empress of the Holy Roman Empire, by Pope John XII. After Otto died in 973, Adelaide suffered many family and political troubles.

17th December - Saint Lazarus of Bethany - Independent Catholic News

17th December - Saint Lazarus of Bethany - Independent Catholic News: The brother of Martha and Mary. The account of Lazarus being raised from the dead by Jesus, led to his widespread veneration in Jerusalem, which was witnessed by the Spanish pilgrim Etheria in 390. Nothing more is written about him in the New Testament. According to tradition however, the Jews of Jaffa placed Lazarus and his sisters in a leaky boat in which they somehow sailed safely to Cyprus.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

15th December - Saint Mary di Rosa - Independent Catholic News

15th December - Saint Mary di Rosa - Independent Catholic News: Nun and foundress of the Handmaids of Charity. St Mary took seriously Jesus' words that whoever helped the least of his brethren did it to him. Born in 1813, in Brescia, northern Italy, since she was a young girl Mary was always very concerned about the poor and sick. She regularly visited the women and child factory workers who lived in appalling conditions.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

St. Faustina: Prophet of Mercy

Pope laments poverty in Americas on Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Independent Catholic News

Pope laments poverty in Americas on Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis celebrated Mass last night in St Peter's Basilica for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. In his homily the Holy Father reflected on how the feast reminds us that we are not orphans, saying Our Lady teaches us to look on our brothers and sisters with her eyes full of love... Our beloved American continent has grown accustomed to seeing thousands and thousands of children and young people on the street, begging and sleeping in train stations or wherever they find space... And they feel that there is no space for them on the 'train of life''.

13th December 2013 - Saint Lucy - Independent Catholic News

13th December 2013 - Saint Lucy - Independent Catholic News: Patron saint of eyesight. St Lucy was martyred during the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian during the 3rd century. According to legend, when she refused to give up her faith she was blinded, but her sight was miraculously restored. She was finally killed with a sword. There are churches dedicated to her in Rome, Naples and Venice as well as two in England.

14th December - Saint John of the Cross - Independent Catholic News

14th December - Saint John of the Cross - Independent Catholic News: Carmelite friar, and one of Spain's foremost poets, mystics and theologians. St John was born in Toledo in 1542 to a noble but poor family. His was brought up by his mother, went to a poor school, and was then apprenticed to a silk weaver. He had little aptitude for this trade and in 1563 joined the Carmelites. He studied theology and was ordained priest in 1567. St Theresa of Avila persuaded him to join the Discalced Reformed

Wish Pope Francis happy birthday by email - Independent Catholic News

Wish Pope Francis happy birthday by email - Independent Catholic News: The Vatican has created new email addresses for well wishers to leave birthday messages for the Pope. Pope Francis turns 80 on December 17th. According to his staff, Pope Francis will be working 'just as normal' on the day itself. He will receive the President of Malta in an audience and will later meet with the Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, Cardinal Marc Oullet, as well as other guests and dignitaries. He will also celebrate Mass in the Pauline Chapel of the Vatican, along with those Cardinals who are living and working in Rome.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Deciphering the Guadalupe Code

Deciphering the Guadalupe Code: It is a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe and each year it draws millions on pilgrimage. Many reading this, I expect, will be familiar with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Bl. Thomas Holland - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Thomas Holland - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Thomas Holland, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. Thomas was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday Dec.12

12th December - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Independent Catholic News

12th December - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Independent Catholic News: The feast in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the sixteenth century. According to records of the time, a poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning, December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honour of Our Lady.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

11 December - St Daniel the Stylite - Independent Catholic News

11 December - St Daniel the Stylite - Independent Catholic News: Hermit. Daniel was born at Maratha in Mesopotamia in 409. At the age of 12 he decided he wanted to join a monastery. The abbot consulted with his parents and admitted him to the community. Years later he visited St Simeon Stylite, who lived on top of a pillar, and received a blessing from him. Daniel stayed in the monastery until he was 42, but never forgot his meeting with St Simeon.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

10th December - St Eulalia - Independent Catholic News

10th December - St Eulalia - Independent Catholic News: Child martyr. She was one of the early Christian martyrs of Spain. The daughter of a noble family, during the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian, Eulalia refused to make sacrifices to the gods and was burnt alive at Merida in around 304. She was said to be only about 12 years old. The Spanish poet Prudentius wrote that a white dove flew over her as she died and snow covered her dead body.

Saint of the Day for Saturday, December 10th, 2016 - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Saint of the Day for Saturday, December 10th, 2016 - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Thomas Somers, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. Arrested for being a priest, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn with Blessed John Roberts. Feastday Dec.10

St. Eustace White - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Eustace White - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Eustace White, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr, hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday Dec. 10

Bl. John Mason - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Mason - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online


Bl. John Mason, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. hanged, drawn, and quartered with Sts. Edmund Gennings, Palydore Plasden. and Blessed Sidney Hodgson. Feastday Dec.10

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Freedom of Mary’s Immaculate Conception

The Freedom of Mary’s Immaculate Conception: Today the Church celebrates the great Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is the day we celebrate how Our Heavenly Mother was the first to receive the merits of her Divine Son’s Paschal Mystery. Unlike us, she was born without the taint of Eve’s sin coursing through her. Do we contemplate this great mystery? What …

8th December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Independent Catholic News

8th December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Independent Catholic News: The dogma of the Immaculate Conception holds that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free from Original Sin from the very moment of her conception. The Immaculate Conception of Mary is often confused with the virginal conception of Jesus. Today's feast was first approved by Pope Sixtus IV in 1476. In 1830 St Catherine Laboure experienced a vision in which she saw Our Lady standing on a globe with rays of light emanating from her hands.

Daily Reading for Thursday, December 8th, 2016 HD

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pope Francis: Never lose hope - Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: Never lose hope - Independent Catholic News: During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis began a new series of catecheses on 'Christian Hope'. In our times, which seem so dark, the Pope said we often feel 'lost in the face of the wickedness and the violence that surround us.' We may even feel 'discouraged, because we feel powerless, and it seems the darkness might never end.' But we should never give up hope, because God, with His love, journeys with us, He does not desert us, and the Lord Jesus has overcome evil, and opened up the path of life.'

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7th December - Saint Ambrose - Independent Catholic News

7th December - Saint Ambrose - Independent Catholic News: Bishop of Milan. Saint Ambrose was born at Trier in 339. He was the son of the Pretorian Prefect of Gaul. He studied Greek rhetoric and poetry and became a successful advocate. In 370 he became governor of Aemilia and Liguria at Milan. When the first Arian bishop died, he appealed for peace at the noisy assembly called to elect his successor.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pope: Let us allow ourselves to be transformed by Christ - Independent Catholic News

Pope: Let us allow ourselves to be transformed by Christ - Independent Catholic News: During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Monday, Pope Francis focussed on the theme of the renewal that the Lord brings. Let us allow ourselves to be transformed by Christ; let us allow ourselves to be able to be re-created, freeing us from our sins, he said. Only by calling our sins by their name, he said, will we be able to allow God to make us new women and men. The desert will bloom, the blind will see, the deaf will hear. The first reading, from the Prophet Isaiah, speaks to us about renewal, the Pope said.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Sabbath is a Day of Freedom

The Sabbath is a Day of Freedom: On a Sabbath day, Jesus sets free a woman who was crippled for eighteen years by Satan (Luke 13:10-11, 16). On a Sabbath day, Jesus says to her, “Woman, you are loosed” (Luke 13:12). You are free. You are enslaved to your infirmity no longer. Jesus unties the knots in her back so she again …

Our Supersubstantial Bread

Our Supersubstantial Bread: “Grant us this day our daily manna.” -Dante, Purgatorio, Canto XI The Lord has left us a mystery to contemplate.  It is right there in the middle of the “Our Father” when Jesus teaches us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Mt. 6:11) This is generally recognized to mean pray for our …

The Great News that Comes in the Flesh

The Great News that Comes in the Flesh: In ancient Hebrew, there are two words that seem totally unrelated in meaning but nonetheless share a close linguistic connection. Finding out why this connection exists will further illuminate one of the greatest truths at the heart of Christianity. One of the words is baw-sar’, meaning news, or good tidings. The other is baw-sawr’, defined …

St. John Almond - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. John Almond - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. John Almond, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. He was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday Dec.5

St. Crispina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Crispina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Crispina, Roman Catholic Martyr. Arrested for being a Christian, she was taken before Proconsul Anulinus at Thebaste, in Numidia, and was ordered to deny Christ. Crispina refused and was tortured and publicly ridiculed then she was beheaded. Feastday Dec.5

St. Nicholas Tavigli - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Nicholas Tavigli - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Nicholas Tavigli, Roman Catholic Franciscan Martyr of Jerusalem. He then went to the Holy Land to preach among the Muslims and was martyred at Jerusalem. Feastday Dec.5

Sunday, December 4, 2016

5th December - Saint Sabas - Independent Catholic News

5th December - Saint Sabas - Independent Catholic News: Patriarch. Born in Cappadocia (modern-day Turkey) in 438, Sabas is one of the most highly regarded patriarchs among the monks of Palestine and is considered one of the founders of Eastern monasticism. After an unhappy childhood in which he was abused and ran away several times, Sabas finally sought refuge in a monastery. While family members tried to persuade him to return home, the young boy felt drawn to monastic life

DR Congo: Franciscan nun killed - Independent Catholic News

DR Congo: Franciscan nun killed - Independent Catholic News: A Franciscan nun was killed in DR Congo last week. Sr Marie-Claire Kahambu was killed in Bukavu as she worked in her office at a girls' training centre that she was running. According to Jimmy Ndumba of 'Beni Lubero Online', two men wielding knives, on the afternoon of 29 November, scaled the wall of the Mater Dei Parish, burst into the office of Sr Marie Claire and stabbed her several times before running away with some money belonging to the centre. The attack was described as an'odious crime committed against a peaceful and defenceless servant of God.'

Bl. Jerome de Angelis - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Jerome de Angelis - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Jerome de Angelis, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and Martyr in Japan. He was burned alive in Edo. Feastday Dec 4

St. Francis Galvez - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Francis Galvez - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Francis Galvez, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr in Japan. Francis was burned alive in Edo. Feastday Dec 4

Saturday, December 3, 2016

St. Lucius - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Lucius - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Lucius Roman Catholic Ruler of Britain who wrote to Pope St. Eleutherius for missionaries. A convert, he established the dioceses of London, England, and Llandalf, Wales. Feastday Dec.3

Bl. Edward Coleman - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Edward Coleman - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Edward Coleman, Roman Catholic layman and English Martyr. He was executed at Tyburn. Feastday Dec.3

3rd December - Saint Francis Xavier - Independent Catholic News

3rd December - Saint Francis Xavier - Independent Catholic News: Jesuit missionary. Patron of foreign missionaries. St Francis was a Basque Spaniard, born in 1506 at the castle of Xavier in Navarre. He studied at the University of Paris where he met Ignatius Loyola and joined the group of seven who took their vows at Montmarte in 1534. They were ordained priests three years later in Venice. In 1541, Francis sailed from Lisbon with Simon Rodriguez, for Goa, at the invitation of the King of Portugal. He was appointed Apostolic Nuncio for the East. The journey took thirteen months.

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Season of Advent HD

Scripture Speaks: The Voice Crying Out in the Desert

Scripture Speaks: The Voice Crying Out in the Desert: John the Baptist prepared the Jews for the first Advent of Jesus by baptizing them at the Jordan River.  Today, we find him yelling out, “You brood of vipers!” to some who came to see him.  How indelicate! Gospel (Read Mt 3:1-12) Our Advent Gospel reminds us that repentance and the fruit that comes from …

2nd December - Saint Viviana - Independent Catholic News

2nd December - Saint Viviana - Independent Catholic News: Early Christian martyr. St Viviana (also known as Bibiana) and her sister St Demetria were both martyred for their faith in a purge of Christians conducted in 363 by the brutal prefect of Rome, Apronianus. The prefect had gone on the rampage after he lost an eye in an accident and became convinced that Christians were to blame. He killed large numbers of people, including the girls' parents Flavian and Dafrosa.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pope Benedict XVI: Evangelist to the World

Pope Benedict XVI: Evangelist to the World: Through his lifetime of bridge building, Benedict XVI proposes to be the Virgil to the Dantes of our generation, calling for both a New Evangelization and a new metanoia — a sacramental return to Christ and His Church. The Father of the West who had guided the poet has become the Holy Father who did the unthinkable, and now he wishes simply to be called Father Benedict even amidst the celebrations of his service.

Bl. Richard Langley Roman Catholic English Martyr,

St. Callistus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Richard Langley Roman Catholic English Martyr, hanged, drawn, and quartered. Feastday Dec.1

Bl. John Beche - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Beche - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online
Bl. John Beche, Roman Catholic Benedictine English Martyr, tortured and then hanged, drawn, and quartered. Feastday Dec.1

Bl. John Beche - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Beche - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Beche, Roman Catholic Benedictine English Martyr, tortured and then hanged, drawn, and quartered. Feastday Dec.1

St. Alexander Briant - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Alexander Briant - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Alexander Briant, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr, tortured and then hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday Dec.1

1st December - Saint Edmund Campion - Independent Catholic News

1st December - Saint Edmund Campion - Independent Catholic News: Jesuit priest and martyr. Born around 1540, Campion was the son of a London bookseller and educated at Christ's hospital. He won a scholarship to St John's College Oxford in 1557 where he was a brilliant and popular student. When Queen Elizabeth I visited Oxford in 1566 he was chosen by the university as orator to welcome her. Edmund was ordained as an Anglican deacon in 1569, but openly expressed his uncertainty about his religious beliefs.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Temptation of a Martyr: Blessed Alexander Crow...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Temptation of a Martyr: Blessed Alexander Crow...: Wikipedia has this brief entry for today's martyr: Alexander Crow (died 1586/7) was born in Yorkshire around 1550. He took up an earl...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: 435 Years Ago Today at Tyburn

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: 435 Years Ago Today at Tyburn: From Gerard Kilroy, Edmond Campion biographer extraordinaire, a reflection  on the response in England and abroad after his execution on D...

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

30th November - Saint Andrew - Independent Catholic News

30th November - Saint Andrew - Independent Catholic News: Apostle and martyr. Patron saint of Scotland and Russia. Andrew was a brother of Simon Peter. A fisherman who lived at Capernaum, he was a follower of John the Baptist. When Jesus passed by the Sea of Galilee he saw Peter and Andrew fishing and told them: 'Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.' Andrew went to his brother Simon and said: 'We have found the Messiah.' So he was the first apostle and the first missionary.

Pope Francis: Faith is not a theory - it is an encounter with Jesus - Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: Faith is not a theory - it is an encounter with Jesus - Independent Catholic News: Christian faith is not a theory or a philosophy - it is the encounter with Jesus. That was the message of Pope Francis at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Monday morning. The Pope emphasized that in order to truly encounter Jesus we undertake the journey with three attitudes: to be vigilant in prayer, industrious in charity, exultant in praise. Pope Francis based the homily on the theme of the encounter with the Lord. He noted first that in this period of the year, the Liturgy shows us many encounters with Jesus: with His Mother in the womb, with Saint John the Baptist, with

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Temptation of a Martyr: Blessed Alexander Crow...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Temptation of a Martyr: Blessed Alexander Crow...: Wikipedia has this brief entry for today's martyr: Alexander Crow (died 1586/7) was born in Yorkshire around 1550. He took up an earl...

Advent: Our Hope is Not in This World

Advent: Our Hope is Not in This World: In my experience, paring down the material side of Advent and Christmas greatly deepens the spiritual dimensions. I do not spend my Advent stuck in traffic, pushed around in stores, or struggling to maintain patience in the face of widespread rudeness. In paring back, and focusing on Christ in Advent, I am more prepared for the realities offered in the mystery of Christmas.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Catholic Saints and English Martyrs, England, on DVD

29th November - Saint Brendan of Birr - Independent Catholic News

29th November - Saint Brendan of Birr - Independent Catholic News: Irish abbot. St Brendan was one of the early monastic Irish saints. He was a friend and disciple of St Columba. Brendan of Birr is said to have been of a noble Munster family. He studied at the Clonard monastery and it was here that he became a friend and companion of Ciarán of Saigir and Brendan of Clonfert. It is said that the average number of scholars under instruction at Clonard was 3,000.

29th November - Saint Brendan of Birr - Independent Catholic News

29th November - Saint Brendan of Birr - Independent Catholic News: Irish abbot. St Brendan was one of the early monastic Irish saints. He was a friend and disciple of St Columba. Brendan of Birr is said to have been of a noble Munster family. He studied at the Clonard monastery and it was here that he became a friend and companion of Ciarán of Saigir and Brendan of Clonfert. It is said that the average number of scholars under instruction at Clonard was 3,000.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Martyrs on November 29 in 1588 and 1596

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Martyrs on November 29 in 1588 and 1596: Blessed Edward Burden :  After studying at Oxford University’s Trinity College, Edward Burden, of County Durham, England, journeyed to the ...

Monday, November 28, 2016

St. Andrew Trong - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Andrew Trong - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Andrew Trong, Roman Catholic and Martyr of Vietnam. He was arrested in 1834 and in the presence of his mother he was beheaded. She knelt beside him at the execution site in Hué, receiving his head on her lap. Feastday Nov.28

Pope Francis: Advent calls us to enlarge our horizons - Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: Advent calls us to enlarge our horizons - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis marked the beginning of the new liturgical year during the Angelus on the First Sunday of Advent. On this day, the Pope said, the Gospel introduces us to one of the most 'evocative' themes of the Advent season: the visit of the Lord to humanity. Pope Francis pointed out three visits of the Lord: the first, in the past, with the Incarnation, and Birth of Jesus at Christmas; the second, in the present, as Jesus visits us continually, every day; and the final visit, in the future, when Jesus 'will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.' Advent encourages us to reflect on the contrast between

28th November - Saint Catherine Laboure - Independent Catholic News

28th November - Saint Catherine Laboure - Independent Catholic News: Nun and visionary. Founder of the devotion of the Miraculous Medal. St Catherine came from a large farming family near Dijon in France. Born in 1806, she looked after her widowed father and later worked as a waitress in her uncle's cafe in Paris, before joining the Sisters of Charity at the age of 14. She lived in the community in Reuilly, caring for the elderly in a rest home and tending chickens. Her superiors wrote that she was a 'quiet and dull' person.

The History of Advent

The History of Advent: The liturgical season of Advent marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful before Christmas. Advent begins on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30). It spans four Sundays and four weeks of preparation, although the last week of Advent is usually truncated because of when Christmas falls. …

Bl. James Thompson - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. James Thompson - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online
Bl. James Thompson, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. He was hanged at York. Feastday Nov.28

Lord, I Am Not Worthy

Lord, I Am Not Worthy: I’d like to continue our examination of the forthcoming changes to the English translation of the Roman Missal, resuming at the Ecce Agnus Dei where the priest will elevate the Eucharist and say: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper …

Sunday, November 27, 2016

27th November - Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani - Independent Catholic News

27th November - Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani - Independent Catholic News: Franciscan priest. Born in Lucera, southeast Italy, in 1681, Francesco entered the Conventual Franciscans when he was just 14. After his ordination 10 years later, he taught philosophy to younger friars, served as guardian of his friary and later became provincial. When his term of office ended, Francesco became master of novices and finally parish priest in his hometown. In his various ministries, he was loving, devout and humble.

Bl. Thomas Kotenda and Companions - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Thomas Kotenda and Companions - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Thomas Kotenda and Companions, Roman Catholics and Martyrs of Japan. He lived at Nagasaki until his condemnation and beheading, He was martyred along with ten companions.Feastday Nov27

Saturday, November 26, 2016

26th November: Saint Leonard of Port Maurizio - Independent Catholic News

26th November: Saint Leonard of Port Maurizio - Independent Catholic News: Franciscan priest, writer, preacher and patron of popular missionaries. St Leonard was an Italian, born in Port Maurizio in 1676. After training in Rome, he became a Franciscan and restored the Florentian Friary of San Francesco del Monte. Many friars joined the community. They walked around the country preaching and went on solitary retreat twice a year.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: "Silence" and Apostasy

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: "Silence" and Apostasy: The trailer for Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Shusaku Endo's Silence is available here . Silence tells the story of Jesuit ...

Friday, November 25, 2016

Scripture Speaks: Stay Awake!

Scripture Speaks: Stay Awake!: On this first Sunday in the new liturgical year, Jesus warns His followers to “stay awake!”  Why do we need to hear this today? Gospel (Read Mt 24:37-44) St. Matthew records for us an extended conversation Jesus had with His disciples about “the coming of the Son of Man.”  We know this prophecy had two …

25th November - Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi - Independent Catholic News

25th November - Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi - Independent Catholic News: Married couple. Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi were beatified on October 21, 2001 by Pope John Paul II. The couple lived in Rome. Maria was an academic and educationalist and worked for several Catholic organisations. She died in 1965. Luigi was a lawyer involved in the reconstruction of Italy after the Second World War. He died in 1951. Three of

Thursday, November 24, 2016

St. Flora & Mary - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Flora & Mary - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Flora & Mary, Roman Catholic women and Martyrs at Cordoba, Spain. They surrendered to Muslim authorities and were placed in a brothel. Still clinging to the faith, Flora and Mary were beheaded. Feastday Nov.24

Martyrs of Vietnam - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Martyrs of Vietnam - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Martyrs of Vietnam, Several Roman Catholic groups of martyrs also called the Martyrs of Annam who were slain for the faith in Vietnam from 1798 until 1861. Feastday Nov.24

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

24th November - Saint Colman of Cloyne - Independent Catholic News: Irish Bishop. Born in Munster in 530, St Colman was a royal bard at Cashel. He was about 50 when he became a Christian and could be described as having an early 'late vocation'. In his mid 50s he was ordained and from that time, worked as a priest and then a bishop in Limerick and Cork. Colman was known as a great poet. His surviving verses date from the period 565 and 604, and are among the earliest examples of Irish writing in the Latin alphabet.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Entering the Narrow Gate

Entering the Narrow Gate: We are among the remnant, friends. This does not imply superiority, quite the contrary actually. It involves extreme humility in the form of “bearing wrongs patiently” and submitting ourselves to whatever abasement may occur from others who spit fire and hatred with their words and actions.

23rd November - Saint Columban - Independent Catholic News

23rd November - Saint Columban - Independent Catholic News: Monk. Ireland's sixth century missionary to Europe. Born in Leimster in Ireland around 543, St Columban was a monk at Bangor in County Down under St Comgall, before he left for Europe with several companions. Passing through England and Brittany he founded the great monastery of Luxeuil in Burgundy in 591 and was abbot there for twenty years. Columban's rule there became very influential for a time among the rural Frankish nobility.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bl. Baldji Oghlou Ohannes - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Baldji Oghlou Ohannes - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Baldji Oghlou Ohannes, Roman Catholic Monk and Martyr. A group of eight Franciscan martyred in the region of Mujuk-Dersi, Armenia by invading Islamic Turks who tortured them, demanded they convert to Islam, and murdered them when they did not convert. Feastday Nov 22

22nd November - Saint Cecilia - Independent Catholic News

22nd November - Saint Cecilia - Independent Catholic News: Roman martyr, patron saint of music. According to legend, St Cecilia was a Roman Christian from a patrician family who lived in the 2nd or 3rd century. She had decided to remain single and devote her life to God, but was forced into an arranged marriage. While the wedding guests danced at her wedding, she sat apart singing only the psalms. Valerian, her husband, turned out to be very understanding and respected her vow of virginity.

Monday, November 21, 2016

I AM the Light of the World; He Who Follows Me Does Not Walk in Darkness

I AM the Light of the World; He Who Follows Me Does Not Walk in Darkness: A Catholic blog about faith, social issues, economics, culture, politics and poetry -- powered by Daily Mass & Rosary

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

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: England and the Blessed Virgin Mary

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: England and the Blessed Virgin Mary: Today is the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in both the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches (it's called The...

Sunday, November 20, 2016

St. Edmund the Martyr - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Edmund the Martyr - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Edmund, Roman Catholic English King and Martyr, he refused the Danes' demand that he renounce Christ: the Danes beat him, shot him with arrows and then beheaded him. Feastday Nov.20

St. Edmund Rich - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Edmund Rich - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Felix of Valois - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Felix of Valois - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Felix of Valois, Hermit and co-founder of the Trinitarians with St. John of Matha. He lived as a recluse at Cerfroid, France, and in 1198 received approval from the Holy See for the Order of the Most Holy Trinity to ransoms captives from the Moors. Felix founded St. Mathburn Convent in Paris while in his seventies. He died in Cerfroid on November 4.Feastday: Nov. 20

Saturday, November 19, 2016

19th November - Saint Nerses - Independent Catholic News

19th November - Saint Nerses - Independent Catholic News: Bishop and martyr. Nerses lived in fourth-century Armenia. He was an official in the court of King Arshak. After the death of his wife, Nerses was ordained a priest. He became chief bishop of Armenia in 363 and worked with St Basil to evangelise the people of Armenia. During his life Nerses built many monasteries and hospitals and encouraged the rich to be honest and

Bl. Salvatore Lilli - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Salvatore Lilli - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online


Bl. Salvatore Lilli, Roman Catholic Fransican Monk and Martyr. Missionary to Mujuk-Deresa, Armenia in 1894. In 1895 the area was occupied by Islamic Turks who captured Salvatore and fellow Franciscans Baldji Oghlou Ohannes, David Oghlou David, Dimbalac Oghlou Wartavar, Geremia Oghlou Boghos, Khodianin Oghlou Kadir, Kouradji Oghlou Tzeroum, and Toros Oghlou David. They were tortured and ordered to convert; they refused. One of the Martyrs of Armenia. Feastday Nov 19

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pope: Have the courage to embrace Christian poverty - Independent Catholic News

Pope: Have the courage to embrace Christian poverty - Independent Catholic News: During Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Friday, Pope Francis appealed for God to grant believers the courage to embrace Christian poverty, saying people cannot forgive a priest who is attached to money. Reflecting on the day's Gospel in which where Jesus drove out the traders from the temple, accusing them of transforming it into a den of thieves, the Pope spoke of the power and allure of money. He said Jesus's action helps us to understand where the seed of the antichrist is contained, the seed of the enemy that ruins his Kingdom: attachment to money.

Turkey removes the country's only Christian co-mayor - Independent Catho

Turkey removes the country's only Christian co-mayor - Independent Catho: A massive purge by the Turkish government of politicians and officials accused of being supporters of the network of Fethullah Gulen - the Turkish Islamic preacher, continued this week with the sacking of Februniye Akyol, the first Assyrian Christian to be elected co-mayor in Turkey, in the city of Merdin. Both she and her co-mayor, the Kurdish Ahmet Turk, were removed and replaced with a 'Qayyum' appointed by the central government. The two were elected co-mayors of Mardin in 2014.

18th November - Saint Mawes - Independent Catholic News

18th November - Saint Mawes - Independent Catholic News: Bishop. According to tradition, St Mawes was the 5th century founder and patron of the fishing village near Falmouth in Cornwall which bears his name. He is also associated with St Budoc. Legend says they were both Welsh monks and founded monasteries in Cornwall and Brittany. St Mawes had a reputation for being a fine teacher. He was invoked against headaches, snakebite and worms.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: American Missionary

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: American Missionary: November 18 is the feast day of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. Mother Duchesne persevered through all the obstacles placed in the path of her vocation. She entered religious life despite her father’s vehement objection and she returned to it after nine years of absence caused by the French Revolution. She humbly accepted Saint Madeline Sophie …

Thursday, November 17, 2016

New Scorsese film 'Silence' tells story of Jesuits in Japan - Independent Catholic News

New Scorsese film 'Silence' tells story of Jesuits in Japan - Independent Catholic News: For Christians across the world, faith is a source of hope and comfort. Jesus's triumph over death offers a reason for joy whatever the circumstances, and a promise that light will ultimately overcome darkness. But if we only talk about victory, we risk denying the reality of the other half of life. Where is God in our doubt, in our defeat - and even in our despair? These thorny questions are at the heart of Silence, a new historical epic film from master director Martin Scorsese.

St. Hilda of Whitby - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Hilda of Whitby - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Hilda of Whitby or Hild of Whitby (c. 614–680) is a Roman Catholic saint and the founding abbess of the monastery at Whitby, which was chosen as the venue for the Synod of Whitby. An important figure in the conversion of England to The Holy Roman Catholic Church, she was abbess at several monasteries and recognized for the wisdom that drew kings to her for advice. Feastday: November 17

Love the Stranger as Yourself

Love the Stranger as Yourself: A lawyer – that is, a scholar of Torah – asks Jesus what he has to do to live forever (Luke 10:25). Life forever is what Jesus offers, so how do we get it? It’s a fair question. Well Jesus says to the man, you already know. Really he says, “What does it say in …

The End of Mercy

The End of Mercy: During my novitiate year, I visited residents in an assisted living facility every week. Sometimes the interactions were whimsical (once, a resident advised me on cheap places to take a girl on a first date—I don’t think he quite understood the meaning of the habit). But one particular resident left a lasting impression on me. …

17th November - St Hugh of Lincoln; Martyrs of Paraguay - Independent Catholic News

17th November - St Hugh of Lincoln; Martyrs of Paraguay - Independent Catholic News: Bishop. Born at Avalon in Burgundy, in 1135, St Hugh came to England at the request of King Henry II, who wanted him to found a Carthusian monastery at Witham in Somerset as part of his reparations for the murder of St Thomas Becket.... Missionaries. These were three Jesuits: Roque Gonzalez, Alonozo Rodriguez and Juan de Castillo who were involved in the 'Reductions' of Paraguay - depicted in the film The Mission.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

You are Called: Lessons from a Demoniac

You are Called: Lessons from a Demoniac: As the Year of Mercy draws to its close, these words of Jesus might be seen as our mission. If Christ called the Gentile demoniac, be assured He is calling you too!

15th November - Saint Fintan - Independent Catholic News

15th November - Saint Fintan - Independent Catholic News: Hermit. Born in Leinster, in the 9th century, St Fintan was captured and made a slave by Vikings who took him to the Orkneys. Fintan escaped and was protected by a Scottish bishop whose name has been lost. To give thanks for his rescue, Fintan made a pilgrimage to Rome. On his way back he joined a group of hermits on an island in the Rhine near Schaffhausen, where he spent the rest of his life.

Pope Francis: God will never abandon us - Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: God will never abandon us - Independent Catholic News: Our only certainty is that our life is in the hands of the Lord, and that God will never abandon us, Pope Francis saidin his address to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday. Even the most sacred human constructions are 'transitory' he said, warning them not to place their faith in them or in 'false messiahs' who speculate on people's needs. Nothing can be lost if we place our lives in the hands of the Lord, Pope Francis said, as he reflected on the Gospel reading of the day which tells of the destruction of the Temple and the signs of the end of times.

16th November - Saint Margaret of Scotland - Independent Catholic News

16th November - Saint Margaret of Scotland - Independent Catholic News: Queen and patron of Scotland. Born in 1046, St Margaret was educated mainly in Hungary, where her family were exiled during the rule of the Viking kings in England. As one of the last members of the Anglo Saxon royal family, she was in danger after the Norman Conquest and took refuge at the court of Malcolm II of Scotland. Intelligent, beautiful and devout, she married Malcolm in 1069 and the union was exceptionally happy and fruitful for Scotland. The present royal family can trace their descent to Margaret and her daughter Matilda.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Blessed Edward Osbaldeston

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Blessed Edward Osbaldeston: Another November martyr, Blessed Edward Osbaldeston; according to the Catholic Encyclopedia , he was born about 1560; hanged, drawn, and q...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Steps to Prepare for a Happy & Holy Death

Steps to Prepare for a Happy & Holy Death: The great woman Doctor of the Church who lived with an invisible stigma, who was spiritual director to priests, Bishops, even the Pope, Saint Catherine of Siena made this powerful assertion: “The two most important moments in our life are: Now and at the hour of our death.”  Sound familiar?  Of course—the last part of the …

Yes, the Church Still Believes in Indulgences

Yes, the Church Still Believes in Indulgences: These examples of indulgences hint at one of the purposes behind the practice—and it’s not just the remission of the temporal penalty of sin. Indulgences also are one way the Church helps the faithful prioritize just what prayers and devotional practices are most important.

Bl. John Eynon - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Eynon - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online


Bl. John Eynon, Roman Catholic Benedictine Priest and English Martyr. John served as the pastor of the local parish in St. Giles. He refused to surrender the parish to the authorities and was taken to Reading Abbey. He was executed at the abbey gateway with Blessed Hugh Farington and Blessed John Rugg Feastday Nov 15

Bl. Hugh Green - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Hugh Green - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Hugh Green, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. His executioner was quite unskilled and could not find Green's heart; the butchery, with appalling cruelty, was prolonged for nearly half an hour. After his execution, the mob played football with his head. Feastday Nov 15

Bl. John Thorne - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Thorne - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Roger James, Roman Catholic Benedictine Martyr of England. Monk of Glastonbury Abbey, when the monks opposed the royal decree, Roger was hanged, drawn, and quartered on Tor Hill, over looking Glastonbury, with his abbot, Blessed Richard Whiting, and with Blessed John Thome. Feastday Nov 15

Monday, November 14, 2016

California Extends Assisted Suicide to Institutionalized Mentally Ill | NRL News Today

California Extends Assisted Suicide to Institutionalized Mentally Ill | NRL News Today

14th November - Saint Laurence O'Toole (Lorchan Ua Tuathail) - Independent Catholic News

14th November - Saint Laurence O'Toole (Lorchan Ua Tuathail) - Independent Catholic News: Archbishop of Dublin. St Laurence was born about 1128 in Co Kildare of a marriage between the chieftain families O'Toole and O'Byrne. He spent most of his childhood as a hostage of Dermot McMurrogh, King of Leinster. Laurence became a monk at Glendalough and was elected abbot at the age of 25. Besides leading a life of prayer, the community was very involved in famine relief and preaching against brigandage.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

12th November - St Machar & St Josaphat - Independent Catholic News

12th November - St Machar & St Josaphat - Independent Catholic News: St Machar - Bishop. This Sixth century saint was an Irish nobleman who was baptised by St Colman. Later he became a monk and disciple of St Columba on Iona. He is said to have evangelised Mull and Aberdeen. For centuries, water from his well was used for baptisms in Aberdeen cathedral. A few dedications to him survive in this part of Scotland.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Scripture Speaks: Giving Testimony in the Last Days

Scripture Speaks: Giving Testimony in the Last Days: Jesus once overheard a conversation about the glory of the Temple in Jerusalem.  He then made a startling prediction.  What was it? Gospel (Read Lk 21:5-19) St. Luke tells us Jesus had a conversation with His disciples about the Temple in Jerusalem.  It began when “some people were speaking about how the Temple was adorned …

11th November - Saint Martin of Tours - Independent Catholic News

11th November - Saint Martin of Tours - Independent Catholic News: Born in 316 in Hungary, St Martin was one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages. His father was a pagan officer in the army and, as a young man, Martin joined up as a conscript. However, he had already come under the influence of Christianity, and realised that the military life was not compatible with his faith. St Martin was probably one of the earliest conscientious objectors.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pope encourages all Christians to journey together towards unity - Independent Catholic News

Pope encourages all Christians to journey together towards unity - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis said on Thursday that the search for Christian unity is one of his principle concerns, one that he prays may be shared by every baptized person. The Pope's words came in his address to ecumenical representatives from around the world at a plenary session of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The meeting, from November 8th to 11th is exploring the theme 'What model of full communion?' The Pope recalled the many important encounters he has had this year with leaders of other Christian communities.

Pope warns against religion as short-lived entertainment - Independent Catholic News

Pope warns against religion as short-lived entertainment - Independent Catholic News: In his homily during Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis warned Christians against the temptation of a show or entertainment religion that constantly seeks novelty and revelations. He compared that to fireworks that provide us with a fleeting brightness. The Holy Father was reflecting on the day's reading about Jesus' reply to the Pharisees' question on when the Kingdom of God would come, where He stresses how Christians must guard hope every day whilst waiting for the fullness of the Kingdom. Noting that Jesus told the Pharisees 'the Kingdom of God is among you,'

10th November - Saint Leo the Great - Independent Catholic News

10th November - Saint Leo the Great - Independent Catholic News: Pope. Born in Rome probably, in the 5th century, of Tuscan parents, little is known of Pope Leo's early life. As a young man he was a deacon and was employed as a peacemaker between two generals in Gaul. He was elected Pope in 440 and during his 20 years pontificate devoted himself to unity and peace in the church. He fought against the teachings of Euryches, a monk who insisted that Jesus had only one nature.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Proposition 106 passes, assisted suicide now permitted in Colorado | NRL News Today

Proposition 106 passes, assisted suicide now permitted in Colorado | NRL News Today

9th November - Saint Theodore - Independent Catholic News

9th November - Saint Theodore - Independent Catholic News: One of the most famous Roman soldier-martyrs, almost nothing is known of his life except his martyrdom in the 4th century. Theodore was called a wonder worker. As a young recruit, while his legion was wintering at Amasea near Pontus, he was ordered to worship idols. He refused. When he was called before the governor he said: 'Jesus Christ is my one God. There is no limb I would not sacrifice if God demanded it.'

Pope: 'If we hunger after power and wealth we cannot serve God well' - Independent Catholic News

Pope: 'If we hunger after power and wealth we cannot serve God well' - Independent Catholic News: If we hunger after power and wealth, we cannot serve God well, Pope Francis said during Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday. The Holy Father began his homily saying, if we want to be good and faithful servants of the Lord, we must guard against dishonestly and the pursuit of power. But how often, do we see or hear ourselves saying, even in our own homes, that 'I'm in charge here?' Jesus taught us that leaders are those who serve others, and if we want to be first, we must become the servant of all.

We Rest in Hope, Come What May

We Rest in Hope, Come What May: In a Fallen world where suffering abounds: What is the Christian answer to suffering and uncertainty? What is it we have been given in the face of pain, sorrow, uncertainty, and agony in our lives and the world? The answer is the supernatural virtue of hope. The Christian life is one lived in hope, no …

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: A Catholic Oxford Martyr

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: A Catholic Oxford Martyr: This parish website posts the story of Blessed George Napper (or Napier) as told by Father Robert F. McNamara: George Napper (or Napier)...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ten Reasons to Rejoice

Ten Reasons to Rejoice: St. Paul exhorts us in his letter to the Philippians to rejoice, not just once but twice:  “Rejoice in the Lord; I say it again: rejoice in the Lord.” (Phil. 4:4).  Pope Francis’ Apostolic exhortation reiterates the same theme—“The Joy of the Gospel”.  St. Francis de Sales remarks on spiritual progress commenting that after sin the worse thing is …

And the Word Was Made Flesh

And the Word Was Made Flesh: “To all who received him, who believe in his name, he gave power to become children of God” (John 1:12). To believe in the name of Jesus Christ is to recognize him as the Christ, as the Son of God, as the Word who was before all time and who became man. To be ready …

8th November: St Cybi - Independent Catholic News

8th November: St Cybi - Independent Catholic News: Abbot. This 6th century saint was founder of a monastery in Holyhead, Anglesey. Together with his friend Seiriol, St Cybi is regarded as the most important saint from the island. There are numerous dedications to Cybi throughout Wales and in Cornwall too - including a well at Llangybi near Gwynedd and a half-ruined beehive cell. St Cybi's well is still used for baptism and healing to this day.

Monday, November 7, 2016

7th November - Saint Willibrord - Independent Catholic News

7th November - Saint Willibrord - Independent Catholic News: Missionary archbishop. Born in Northumbria in 658, Willibrord studied at Ripon monastery under St Wilfrid and spent twelve years studying in Ireland at the abbey of Rathmelsigi under Saints Egbert and Wigbert. After his ordination he set out about 690 with a dozen companions for Frisia, or Friesland. These men covered extraordinary distances on foot, by boat and probably horseback in the course of their work. In 693, Willibrord went to Rome to seek papal approval for their mission.

Pope Francis warns against 'politics of fear' - Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis warns against 'politics of fear' - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis warned against 'the politics of fear' on Saturday evening during his address to the Third World Meeting of Popular Movements at the Vatican. The event brings together organizations of people on the margins of society, including the poor, the unemployed and those who have lost their agricultural land. ... this fear 'is fed and manipulated... Because fear - as well as being a good deal for the merchants of arms and death - weakens and destabilizes us, destroys our psychological and spiritual defenses, numbs us to the suffering of others, and in the end it makes us cruel.'

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Po: Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday for the Jubilee for Prisoners in Saint Peter's Basilica, during which he reminded prison detainees to never lose hope, or fall into the temptation that they can never be forgiven. Around 1,000 prisoners from 12 countries took part in the weekend celebrations, along with their families, prison chaplains and staff, and various associations. The Jubilee for Prisoners is one of the final major events of the Jubilee of Mercy, which ends on November 20. In his homily Pope Francis focussed on the theme of hope.

Pope calls for better prison conditions, more humane criminal justice system - Independent Catholic News

Pope calls for better prison conditions, more humane criminal justice system - Independent Catholic News: After the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis appealed for the improvement of living conditions in prisons all over the world, in order to fully respect the 'human dignity of detainees.' He also said there was a need for a criminal justice system that is not only punitive, but is open to hope and the prospect of reintegrating offenders into society. 'In a special way, I submit for the consideration of the competent civilian authorities in all countries the opportunity to make, in this Holy Year of Mercy, an act of clemency towards those prisoners who will be considered eligible to benefit from this

The Deeper Meaning of the Communion of Saints

The Deeper Meaning of the Communion of Saints: Have you ever noticed how God is never depicted as alone in heaven? Take the vision in Isaiah 6, where the prophet glimpses God seated on his throne, flanked by a chorus of seraphim singing of His holiness. Then there is the majestic vision of Daniel 7: As I watched, Thrones were set up and …

We, the Church, are the Maccabees of the 21st Century

We, the Church, are the Maccabees of the 21st Century: The Church receives encouragement by those who have gone before her, witnessing what it means to stand up for truth when a gospel of convenience and tolerance is preached by society. The story of the Maccabees today encourages us to stand up for what we believe in. It is easy to do so when we face no challenges to truth. But when our beliefs are consistently challenged, will we stand up? One of the Maccabees said, “It is my choice to die at the hands of men with the hope God gives of being raised up by him.” He echoes St. Paul, if I remain faithful to the Lord, He will remain faithful to me.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

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, the beatification process is underway. Feastday Nov.6

Saturday, November 5, 2016

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

November 5th - Saints Zachariah and Elizabeth - Independent Catholic News: Parents of St John the Baptist. Both were old when the Angel Gabriel came to tell them they were going to have a son. Zachariah was so shocked he lost the power of speech. When Elizabeth went to meet Mary, who was expecting Jesus, the child leapt up in her womb. When the baby was born, Zachariah wrote the name John on a tablet. His speech returned in the Temple, according to the Gospel of Luke,

Friday, November 4, 2016

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4th: ��Archbishop of Milan. St Charles was born in 1528 to an aristocratic family, who lived in a castle on the shore of Lake Maggiore. He suffered a speech impediment but was a very bright student. By the age of 22 he had his doctor's degree. His uncle Pope Pius IV heaped honours on him, including the administration of the diocese of Milan and appointment as Cardinal. Charles would have preferred to leave the court and be a monk, but there was work he had to do in Rome.�� Charles supported Pius IV at the Council of Trent.

Pope calls for peaceful encounter of religions and true religious freedom - Independent Catholic News

Pope calls for peaceful encounter of religions and true religious freedom - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis today urged representatives of different religions to foster a peaceful encounter of believers and genuine religious freedom. Speaking to some 200 people gathered in the Vatican for an interreligious audience, Pope Francis reflected on the soon-to-end Year of Mercy saying that mercy extends also to the world around us, 'to our common home, which we are called to protect and preserve from unbridled and rapacious consumption.' He pointed out that in today's hectic and forgetful world we need the oxygen of gratuitous and life-giving love: 'We thirst for mercy and no technology

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The English Martyrs Chapel on the Feast of Simon a...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The English Martyrs Chapel on the Feast of Simon a...: The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Cardinal Nichols, preached at the blessing of the newly decorated chapel dedicated to the Forty Marty...

In the Beginning Was the Word

In the Beginning Was the Word: Can Jesus Christ, as he was before all ages, be an object of our knowledge? He can, for it is to us that the Gospel has been addressed. Let us follow the eagle of the Evangelists, the beloved among the disciples, another John than John the Baptist. Let us follow John the Son of Thunder, …

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Holiness: How We Transform the Social Order

Holiness: How We Transform the Social Order: By now most of the world knows that this is an election year for the United States. It’s hard to miss the constant reporting at an international level. This piece isn’t about the election. It was inspired by the election, but it is meant to be about something deeper and more long-term than a single …

3rd November - Saint Martin de Porres - Independent Catholic News

3rd November - Saint Martin de Porres - Independent Catholic News: Dominican lay brother. Patron saint of race relations. Born in 1579, in Lima, Peru, St Martin was the illegitimate son of a Spanish knight, John de Porres, and a free black woman, Anna Velasquez. As a boy he was apprenticed to a barber-surgeon. He spent his free time helping the Dominicans in their work with the poor. Eventually he became a lay brother, working during the day with the sick as a barber, gardener and counsellor. At night he prayed. St Martin soon earned a reputation as a healer. He also had tremendous skill with animals.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Clinton election would empower and embolden the most radical pro-abortionists | NRL News Today

Clinton election would empower and embolden the most radical pro-abortionists | NRL News Today

D.C. Council votes to legalize physician-assisted suicide, Mayor urged to veto B21-38 | NRL News Today

D.C. Council votes to legalize physician-assisted suicide, Mayor urged to veto B21-38 | NRL News Today

2nd November - All Souls Day - Independent Catholic News

2nd November - All Souls Day - Independent Catholic News: Today we pray for all those who have died. Although prayers for the dead are inscribed in some of the early Roman catacombs, it wasn't until about 636 that the Church began keeping this day officially. At first only dead monks were specially commemorated. Odilo, Abbot of Cluny (d 1049) extended the commemoration for 'all the dead who have existed from the beginning of time to the end of time.'

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: And in Post-Reformation England, Even More True

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: And in Post-Reformation England, Even More True: Amy Welborn writes for The Catholic Herald on how the Reformation did not so much help but hindered the influence of women in religious ...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Blesseds John Slade and Bodey, Lay Martyrs

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Blesseds John Slade and Bodey, Lay Martyrs: John Slade was executed on October 30 and John Bodey or Body (as Challoner names him) executed on All Souls Day, November 2, 1583 for bein...

Monday, October 31, 2016

31 October - St Wolfgang of Regensburg - Independent Catholic News

31 October - St Wolfgang of Regensburg - Independent Catholic News: Bishop. Born in Swabia, Germany, in 924, Wolfgang was educated at a school located at the abbey of Reichenau. There he met Henry, a young aristocrat who went on to become Archbishop of Trier. Wolfgang taught at his cathedral school and supported his efforts to reform the clergy. After Archbishop Henry died, Wolfgang decided to become a Benedictine monk and moved to an abbey in Einsiedeln, now in Switzerland. After he was ordained a priest, he was appointed director of the monastery school there. Later he was sent to Hungary as a missionary.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Three Days and the Four Last Things

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Three Days and the Four Last Things: From All Hallows Eve, through All Saints Day, and then on All Souls Day, the Catholic Church is focused on the Four Last Things on these ...

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Bl. John Slade - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Slade - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. John Slade, Roman Catholic layman and English Martyr. John denied King Henry Viii’s supremacy in religious matters and was arrested and tried with Blessed John Bodey. They were hanged, drawn, and quartered at Winchester. Feastday: October 30


30th October - St Alphonsus Rodriguez - Independent Catholic News

30th October - St Alphonsus Rodriguez - Independent Catholic News: Spanish layman. Patron saint of Majorca. Born in 1533, Alphonsus inherited the family textile business at 23. Within the space of three years, his wife, daughter and mother died; meanwhile, business was poor. Alphonsus stepped back and reassessed his life. He sold the business and, with his young son, moved into his sisters' home. There he learned the discipline of prayer and meditation.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

29 October - Saint Foillan - Independent Catholic News

29 October - Saint Foillan - Independent Catholic News: Irish monk and missionary. St Foillan was a brother of St Fursey, a 7th century bishop. Together they travelled to East Anglia and established a monastery at Burgh Castle - the remains of which can be seen today. When Penda, King of Mercia invaded they fled to Neustria in France where they were well received by the local King Clovis II.

Martyrs of Douai - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Martyrs of Douai - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Martyrs of Douai, Roman Catholic Priests and Martyrs in England. A group of 160 priests trained at the English College of Douai, in France. They were martyred in England and Wales during the century following the foundation of the famed college by Cardinal William Allen in 1568. All perished at the hands of English authorities while laboring to reconvert the island. Feastday Oct.29

St. Cuthbert Mayne - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Cuthbert Mayne - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Cuthbert Mayne, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. Before being brought to the place of execution, Mayne was offered his life in return for a renunciation of his religion and an acknowledgment of the supremacy of the queen as head of the church. Declining both offers, he kissed a copy of the Bible, declaring that, "the queen neither ever was, nor is, nor ever shall be, the head of the church of England". Feastday Oct.29

Friday, October 28, 2016

28th October - Saint Simon and Saint Jude - Independent Catholic News

28th October - Saint Simon and Saint Jude - Independent Catholic News: Apostles and martyrs. According to Matthew and Mark, Simon was a Canaanite. St Luke described him as a zealot. St Jude is also described as a relative of Jesus and the brother of James. According to Western tradition, Jude joined Simon preaching the Gospel in Persia where both were martyred. In modern times, St Jude has been evoked as the patron of hopeless cases.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Not Buying ‘Death with Dignity’ | NRL News Today

Not Buying ‘Death with Dignity’ | NRL News Today

27th October - Saints Frumentius and Aedeius - Independent Catholic News

27th October - Saints Frumentius and Aedeius - Independent Catholic News: These fourth century saints were probably brothers, from Tyre in Lebanon. They were shipwrecked on the Eritrean cost while on a voyage on the Red Sea, and taken to Axum in Ethiopia which was the capital of a powerful kingdom. The royal family were curious about them and welcomed them into the court - where they were both given influential posts. When the king died they stayed as part of the queen's court. She permitted them to

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

New York Times, Dr. Timothy Quill Promote Physician-Assisted Suicide by Starvation and Dehydration | NRL News Today

New York Times, Dr. Timothy Quill Promote Physician-Assisted Suicide by Starvation and Dehydration | NRL News Today

“Americans ought to know that’s part of being pro-choice” | NRL News Today

“Americans ought to know that’s part of being pro-choice” | NRL News Today

26th October - Blessed Contardo Ferrini - Independent Catholic News

26th October - Blessed Contardo Ferrini - Independent Catholic News: Layman, academic and teacher. Born in Milan in 1859, Contardo Ferrini was the son of a teacher. He first studied law, achieving a doctorate. he then won a scholarship and went on to study Roman-Byzantine law in Berlin. He taught in various schools of higher education until he joined the faculty of the University of Pavia, where he earned a reputation for being an outstanding authority on Roman law.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Sir Geoffrey Pole, in the Tower

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Sir Geoffrey Pole, in the Tower: According to the Tudor Society Blog, on October 26 in 1538, "Geoffrey Pole, brother of Cardinal Reginald Pole and son of Margaret P...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mercy behind prison walls - National Catholic Reporter

Mercy behind prison walls - National Catholic Reporter: Preview: The least likely corporal work of mercy to be fulfilled by countless Catholics during the designated Year of Mercy is visiting those in prison.

25th October - The Welsh Martyrs - Independent Catholic News

25th October - The Welsh Martyrs - Independent Catholic News: The Welsh Martyrs commemorated today are: are the priests Philip Evans and John Lloyd, John Jones, David Lewis, John Roberts, and the teacher Richard Gwyn. Wales also continues to keep 4 May as a separate feast for the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales.

St. John Houghton - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. John Houghton - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. John Houghton, Roman Catholic Carthusian Monk and Protomartyr of the English Reformation. He refused to swear to the Oath of Supremacy, the first man to make this refusal. Dragged through the streets, he was executed at Tyburn with four companions by being hanged, drawn, and quartered. Parts of his remains were put on display in assorted spots throughout London. Feastday Oct.25


Monday, October 24, 2016

Pope: God calls us to be merciful not rigid - Independent Catholic News

Pope: God calls us to be merciful not rigid - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis warned against rigidity in his homily at Casa Santa Marta on Monday. God gives us the freedom and the gentleness to be merciful, he said. Reflecting on the Gospel reading of the day in which Jesus, who was teaching in the synagogue, healed a crippled woman and ignited the anger of the righteous, Pope Francis said 'it is not easy to keep to the path indicated by God's Law.' Matthew's Gospel tells us that Jesus' action provoked the fury of the leader of the synagogue who was 'indignant that he had cured the woman on the Sabbath'

24th October - Saint Antony Claret - Independent Catholic News

24th October - Saint Antony Claret - Independent Catholic News: Archbishop of Cuba and founder of the Claretians. St Antony was born in 1809 in northern Spain. As a young man he worked with his father as a weaver, before joining the seminary at Vich. He was ordained in 1835 and went to Rome to join the Jesuits as a missionary. But he suffered ill health and had to return to Spain. For some time he worked as a preacher in Catalonia, founding the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, later known as the Claretians.

The Visceral Reality of God's Love

The Visceral Reality of God's Love: I once heard a preacher tell his congregation that Catholics have a peculiar fascination with the gruesomeness of the crucifixion and that this sick fixation on “gore” was behind the death and darkness now celebrated on Halloween. “They love their crucifixes bloody, the bloodier the better!”, he exclaimed, referring especially to the realistic crucifixes found …

Despatches from the Frontline: The Saints Who Battled Satan

Despatches from the Frontline: The Saints Who Battled Satan: The nights grow darker. The air becomes more chill. There is a feast day approaching: All Saints. Another celebration, albeit of a different hue, precedes it. All Hallows’ Eve, better known as Halloween, will soon be upon us. We will watch as children are dressed in occult-inspired costumes and taken to parties dedicated to dark …

Sunday, October 23, 2016

23rd October - Saint Boethius - Independent Catholic News

23rd October - Saint Boethius - Independent Catholic News: Philosopher, statesman and martyr. Born in Rome around 475, St Severenus Boethius was the son of a rich Christian Roman family. Orphaned as a young child he was brought up by the noble Aurelius Symmachus and eventually married his daughter. By the age of 30 he was famous as a great scholar and is recognised as one of the makers of the Christian West.

St. John of Capistrano - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. John of Capistrano - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. John of Capistrano, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr. In 1456 at age 70 he led a crusade against the invading Ottoman Empire at the siege of Belgrade with the Hungarian military commander John Hunyadi. St. John, at the age of seventy, was commissioned by Pope Callistus III to preach and lead a crusade against the invading Turks. Marching at the head of seventy thousand Christians, he gained victory in the great battle of Belgrade against the Turks in 1456. Three months later he died at Illok, Hungary. His feast day is October 23. He is the patron of jurists. Feastday Oct 23

Bl. Thomas Thwing - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Thomas Thwing - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Thomas Thwing, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr. He was condemned and hanged, drawn, and quartered at York. Feastday Oct.23

Saturday, October 22, 2016

22nd October - Saint John Paul II - Independent Catholic News

22nd October - Saint John Paul II - Independent Catholic News: 'Do not be afraid' was most often-used Biblical quote by Pope John Paul II. Karol Józef Wojty�a was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small town 50 kilometres from Krakow, on 18 May, 1920. He was the youngest of three children born to Karol Wojty�a and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. A sister, Olga, had died before he was born. His eldest brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and his father,

Newly decorated chapel at Westminster Cathedral honours English martyrs - Independent Catholic News

Newly decorated chapel at Westminster Cathedral honours English martyrs - Independent Catholic News: A new decorative scheme commemorating forty English Catholic martyrs has recently been completed in the Chapel of St George and the English Martyrs in Westminster Cathedral. The chapel will be dedicated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on 28 October. The chapel contains the cathedral's war memorial and its completion marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The new design by Tom Phillips CBE RA links this event with another chapter in the nation's suffering, that of the English martyrs in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: There's Just Something about Those Thwings

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: There's Just Something about Those Thwings: St. John of Bridlington or St. John Thwing or Thweng, is a Yorkshire saint of the fourteenth century and an ancestor of two recusant era ...

21st October - Saint Hilarion - Independent Catholic News

21st October - Saint Hilarion - Independent Catholic News: Abbot and monastic pioneer of Palestine. St Hilarion was born in 291 in Gaza. He studied at Alexandria, where he became a Christian. After the death of his parents he gave all he owned to his brothers and the poor and went to live as a hermit at Majuma. He followed the same regime as St Antony - a diet of figs, bread, vegetables and oil. First he built a small shelter of reeds, later a stone cell measuring about five feet by four feet.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cardinal Dolan: The two essential values undergirding civilization: “the dignity of the human person, and the sacredness of human life” | NRL News Today

Cardinal Dolan: The two essential values undergirding civilization: “the dignity of the human person, and the sacredness of human life” | NRL News Today

Clinton affirms support for partial-birth abortion, abortions up until just before birth | NRL News Today

Clinton affirms support for partial-birth abortion, abortions up until just before birth | NRL News Today

Pope Francis: Access to food, water a basic human right - Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: Access to food, water a basic human right - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis said on Wednesday, access to food and water is a basic human right, and called on believers and people of good will everywhere to take personal responsibility for the needs of their neighbours. The appeal came during the Holy Father's weekly General Audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square. The Pope focused on feeding the hungry, the first of the Corporal Works of Mercy, during his catechesis.

20th October - Saint Maria Boscardin - Independent Catholic News

20th October - Saint Maria Boscardin - Independent Catholic News: Nurse and nun. St Maria was born in 1888 to a poor Italian family in Brendola. Her father was a violent alcoholic. She was considered not very bright at school, and was called a 'goose' by the local clergy. In 1904, she joined the sisters of St Dorothy and worked in the kitchens and laundry. In 1907, when she took her final vows she became a nurse in the children's diphtheria ward. St Maria nursed soldiers during the First World War.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

St. Isaac Jogues: Indomitable Saint

St. Isaac Jogues: Indomitable Saint: From the example of St. Isaac Jogues, a man strong in mind and soul, graces poured out, rippling through space and time and still being offered to us today.

19th October - Saint Jean de Brebeuf and Companions - Independent Catholic News

19th October - Saint Jean de Brebeuf and Companions - Independent Catholic News: Jesuit priest and martyr of Canada. Born in 1593 in Normandy, Brebeuf became a Jesuit in Rouen in 1617. His health was so weakened by TB he was not able to study or teach for long periods. But he offered himself for the Canadian mission and sailed for Quebec in 1625. The Huron Indians invited him to live with them. He learnt their language and spent the rest of his life preaching and teaching, sometimes with other missionaries,

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Philip Howard and the North American Jesuit Ma...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Philip Howard and the North American Jesuit Ma...: Just a reminder that today is the anniversary of St. Philip Howard's death in the Tower of London in 1595. From my blog post at the Na...

Sts. Isaac Jogues and Rene Goupil - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Sts. Isaac Jogues and Rene Goupil - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Sts. Isaac Jogues and Rene Goupil, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priests and Martyrs. Two of the six North American Martyrs. Captured and tortured to death at the hands of the Indians. Feastday Oct 19

St. Laura - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Laura - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Laura, Roman Catholic and Martyr. She was martyred by Muslims who took her captive and scalded her to death by placing her in a vat of boiling lead. She is one of the Martyrs of Córdoba. Feast Day Oct. 19.

St. Theofrid - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Theofrid - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Theofrid  October 19  Abbot and martyr. He was serving as abbot of Carmery-en-Velay when the community was attacked by a band of Saracens. He died as a result of the injuries he received at their hands and was thereafter venerated as a martyr. In some lists he is called Chaffre or Theoftoy.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

18th October - Saint Luke - Independent Catholic News

18th October - Saint Luke - Independent Catholic News: Evangelist. Patron of artists and doctors. All we know of St Luke comes from the New Testament. He was a Greek physician, and accompanied St Paul on some of his missionary journeys. According to tradition he was one of the founder members of the community at Antioch. Luke's Gospels include much of the account of the Virgin Birth of Christ, and some of the most moving parables including the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan.

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Tomorrow, On the Son Rise Morning Show

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Tomorrow, On the Son Rise Morning Show: Anna Mitchell and I will discuss the martyrdom in chains of St. Philip Howard tomorrow morning on the Son Rise Morning Show a little afte...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Second Spring and the "Catholic Spring"

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Second Spring and the "Catholic Spring": From Crisis Magazine and the inimitable Father George Rutler, this comparison between a great, holy Newman and 21st-century Newman: On ...

Monday, October 17, 2016

6.7 million dead babies–PPFA “just getting started” | NRL News Today

6.7 million dead babies–PPFA “just getting started” | NRL News Today

17th October - Saint Ignatius of Antioch and Saint John the Dwarf - Independent Catholic News

17th October - Saint Ignatius of Antioch and Saint John the Dwarf - Independent Catholic News: Saint Ignatius of Antioch - Bishop and martyr. Born in Syria, Ignatius converted to Christianity and eventually became bishop of Antioch. In the year 107, Emperor Trajan visited Antioch and forced the Christians there to choose between death and apostasy. Ignatius would not deny his faith was condemned to be put to death in Rome. Ignatius is best known for the seven letters he wrote on the long journey from Antioch to Rome.

St. Richard Gwyn - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Richard Gwyn - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Richard Gwyn, Roman Catholic Layman and English Martyr. He Converted from Protestantism, he returned to Wales in 1562, married, had six children, and opened a school. Arrested in 1579, he spent four years in prison before his execution by being hanged, drawn, and quartered at Wrexham on October 15, for being a Catholic. Feastday Oct 17

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pope canonises seven new saints, including Argentina's 'gaucho priest' - Independent Catholic News

Pope canonises seven new saints, including Argentina's 'gaucho priest' - Independent Catholic News: Pope Francis on Sunday canonized seven new Saints including Argentina's 'gaucho priest' Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero. Many flag-waving Argentinians made the journey to Rome for the occasion, among them Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his family. Fr Brochero, who lived from 1840 to 1914, is a popular figure in Argentina known for his work with the sick and dying during the cholera epidemic in Cordoba in 1867. After that, he spent years travelling from village to village by mule, ministering to the people, building churches, chapels and schools,

Saturday, October 15, 2016

15th October - Saint Teresa of Avila - Independent Catholic News

15th October - Saint Teresa of Avila - Independent Catholic News: Foundress of the reformed (Discalced) Carmelites. St Teresa was born in 1515 to an aristocratic family in Avila. As a child she showed precocious piety by playing at hermitages with her younger brother. The pair once ran away from home, hoping to go to Morocco and die as martyrs. After her mother's death when she was just 14, Teresa went through a spell of being very interested in boys and clothes. She was sent to be educated by

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Richard Gwyn, Welsh Schoolmaster and Martyr

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Richard Gwyn, Welsh Schoolmaster and Martyr: Today, in Wales, The Latin Mass Society is honoring St. Richard Gwyn with a Missa Cantata and veneration of relics. In 2011, The ...

St. Callistus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Callistus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Callistus, Roman Catholic Layman and Spanish Martyr. Callistus went to France with St. Mercurialis to fight against the Saracens (Muslim Invaders), dying in battle. Feastday Oct 15

St. Callistus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Callistus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Callistus, Roman Catholic Layman and Spanish Martyr. Callistus went to France with St. Mercurialis to fight against the Saracens (Muslim Invaders), dying in battle. Feastday Oct 15

Friday, October 14, 2016

14th October - Saint Callistus - Independent Catholic News

14th October - Saint Callistus - Independent Catholic News: Pope and martyr. This early Pope was born a slave, served sentence as a convict, was the champion of forgiveness and died for his Christian faith. Callistus was a slave owned by a Roman Christian called Carpophorus. He was put in charge of a bank, but somehow lost the money deposited by other Christians. He fled from Rome but was captured at Porto, and sentenced to work on a treadmill. His creditors discovered what had happened

Thursday, October 13, 2016

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13th October - Saint Edward the Confessor - Independent Catholic News

13th October - Saint Edward the Confessor - Independent Catholic News: King of England. Born in 1003, Edward was the son of Ethelred the Unready and his Norman wife Emma. He was educated at Ely and then in exile in Normandy, while two Scandinavian kings claimed the English throne in succession. In 1042 he became king. In 1045 he married Edith, daughter of the powerful Earl Godwin. Some historians describe him as a weak ruler who paved the way for the Norman Conquest. Others praise his wisdom

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pope Francis: God isn't interested in 'cosmetic' religion - Independent Catholic News

Pope Francis: God isn't interested in 'cosmetic' religion - Independent Catholic News: Jesus asks us to perform good deeds with humility and rejects 'cosmetic' religion that is only concerned with outward appearance and pretends to be what it's not - that was the message of Pope Francis at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday. Reflecting on the day's readings from St Paul's letter to the Galatians and the Gospel account in which Jesus rebukes a Pharisee for being totally concerned with the outward appearance of cleanliness rather than on the inner substance of his faith, the Pope noted that Jesus's answer to the Pharisee who was unequivocal.