Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Bl. Philip Powell - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Philip Powell - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Philip Powell, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr, hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday June 30

30th June - The Martyrs of Rome - Independent Catholic News

30th June - The Martyrs of Rome - Independent Catholic News: This day commemorates all those who died in the persecutions of Nero in the late first century and always falls after the feast of St Peter and St Paul. Little is known about many of these early Christians. Because of the lack of information, after 1969, several individual names were left out of the list of saints. Remembering them as a group in this way makes up for those whose histories have been lost.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

28th June - St Irenaeus - Independent Catholic News

28th June - St Irenaeus - Independent Catholic News: Bishop and Martyr. Born around 130 AD, St Irenaeus of Lyons was bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, (now Lyons) in France. His writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology. He was a disciple of Polycarp of Smyrna, who himself was a disciple of the Apostle John the Theologian. Irenaeus is thought to have been a Greek from Smyrna in Asia Minor, now Izmir, Turkey. He was brought up in a Christian family. Irenaeus was one of the first Christian writers to refer to the principle of Apostolic Succession.

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St. Mary Salome - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Mary Salome - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Mary Salome, Roman Catholic, Mother of John, surnamed Mark, who is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. Her home in Jerusalem was a gathering place of the Apostles. Peter went to Mary’s home when he was released from prison by King Herod. Feastday: June 29


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29th June - Saint Peter & Saint Paul - Independent Catholic News

29th June - Saint Peter & Saint Paul - Independent Catholic News: St Peter was in many ways the most impetuous of the apostles. A fisherman in Galilee when he met Jesus for the first time, he was told he would become a fisherman of men. His name originally was Simon. Jesus changed it to Kephas, an Aramaic word meaning rock. When Jesus asked who the disciples thought who he was Peter said immediately: 'You are the Christ. The Son of the Living God.' Jesus replied: 'You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death will not prevail against it.'

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

St. Irenaeus and the Gnostics

St. Irenaeus and the Gnostics: How common is it to hear someone say, “I’m spiritual, not religious.”  A very Gnostic-esque statement.  One need only to glance at your local bookstore’s religion shelves to see that Gnosticism, that ancient heresy and foe of Christianity, is alive and well in the modern world.  There you would find a smorgasbord of spirituality, with …

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St. Paul I, Pope - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Paul I, Pope - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Paul I, Roman Catholic Priest and Pope from 757-767. Feastday: June 28

St. Argymirus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Argymirus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Argymirus. Roman Catholic Martyr of Spain. A native of Cabra, Spain, he held a high position in one of the Islamic domains in the peninsula. Fired because of his Christian faith, Argymirus became a monk. lie made a public statement of his beliefs and was beheaded. 858 A.D. Feastday June 28

Monday, June 27, 2016

27th June - Saint John Southworth - Independent Catholic News

27th June - Saint John Southworth - Independent Catholic News: Priest and martyr. St John was born in 1592 in Lancashire. He went overseas to study and was ordained in Douai in 1618. St John returned to England in 1627 and was soon arrested. He spent three years in prison - the first of several imprisonments. Most of his priestly work was carried out in Westminster. He was much loved for his ministry to the sick and dying, especially during the plague years. He continued his work until 1654, when he was arrested for

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'I remember feeling the weight of the world': The price of following Christ in a secular world - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

'I remember feeling the weight of the world': The price of following Christ in a secular world - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

St. John Southworth - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. John Southworth - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Saint John Southworth. Priest and martyr. He went overseas to study and was ordained in Douai in 1618. St John returned to England in 1627 and was soon arrested. He spent three years in prison - the first of several imprisonments. Most of his priestly work was carried out in Westminster. He was much loved for his ministry to the sick and dying, especially during the plague years. He continued his work until 1654, when he was arrested for the last time, tried and finally condemned to death. On this day, June 27 at the age of 62, he was hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, close to where Marble Arch now stands. St John was the last secular priest to suffer in this way. His body was taken to Douai, embalmed and buried. But when the seminary was demolished, during the French Revolution, his coffin was lost. It was accidentally discovered in 1927 and taken to St Edmund's College in Ware. Three years later St John's body was placed in a shrine at Westminster Cathedral, in the parish where he spent so much of his life. St John was canonised with the Forty Martyrs in 1970. He is a patron saint of priests. Feastday June 27


Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Bl. Jane Gerald - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Jane Gerald - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Jane Gerald, Roman Catholic Nun and French Martyr of the Sisters of Charity in Arras, during the French Revolution, she was arrested by republican authorities and guillotined at Cambrai. Feastday: June 26

Bl. Teresa Fantou - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Teresa Fantou - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Teresa Fantou, Roman Catholic Nun and French Martyr of the Sisters of Charity in Arras, during the French Revolution, she was arrested by republican authorities and guillotined at Cambrai.Teresa and her three companions, Francoise Lanel, Madeleine Fontaine, and Joan Gerard. Feastday: June 26

St. Pelagius of Cordova - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Pelagius of Cordova - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Pelagius. Martyr in Cordoba, Spain. Also called Pelayo, he was a young boy of Asturias who was left by his uncle as a hostage to the Moors of Cordoba. As he remained un-ransomed for three years, the Cordoban ruler Emir Abd al-Rahman III offered to free him if he would but renounce his Christianity and become a Muslim. He refused, and the emir ordered him tortured. Pelagius died after six hours of agony. Rhoswitha of Gandersheim, a Benedictine poetess, composed a poem in his honor. 912-925 A.D. Feastday June 26

25th June - Saint Prosper of Reggio - Independent Catholic News

25th June - Saint Prosper of Reggio - Independent Catholic News: This fifth century bishop of Reggio in Italy, is not commemorated in the city's large cathedral, but in a small church tucked behind it. He served Reggio for more than 20 years and was much loved for his kindness and modesty. He cared so little about his own glory that he specially asked to be buried in the small church outside the city walls rather than the cathedral.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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St. Eurosia - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Eurosia - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Eurosia, A Roman Catholic French martyr, a victim of the Muslim invasion of Spain. She was born in Bayonne, France, and was slain at Jaca in the Pyrenees of Aragon, Spain, when she refused to marry a Muslim. Feastday June 25

Friday, June 24, 2016

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Bl. Joseph Yuen - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Joseph Yuen - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Joseph Yuen, Roman Catholic Priest and Martyr of Tonkin, Vietnam. A native priest, he was imprisoned, then strangled. Feastday June 24

24th June - Saint John the Baptist - Independent Catholic News

24th June - Saint John the Baptist - Independent Catholic News: The story of St John the Baptist is recorded in the four Gospels. He is also mentioned by the Jewish historian Josephus. John was the son of Zachariah, a Temple priest and Elizabeth, a quite old cousin of the Virgin Mary. An angel foretold his birth, adding that he would prepare people for the Lord. In the Gospel of Luke Our Lady travelled to the hill country to visit Elizabeth immediately after the Annunciation.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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The Spirit of Nursing

The Spirit of Nursing: An address at a Nursing Dedication ceremony (15 January 2005, Bethel College, IN) Nursing is a high calling, one that brings us to the very threshold of heaven. It’s a work that is as much a benefit and blessing to nurses as it is to the recipients of their care. How so? What is it …

Putting Last Things First

Putting Last Things First: I remember hearing the story of a priest who, when asked for advice on how to avoid future sin, encouraged his listeners to dig a ditch and lie in it for a few hours while contemplating eternity. Whenever I tell this little tale, the response it provokes is more often a fit of laughter than …

Pope John Paul II & the Secret History of Europe

Pope John Paul II & the Secret History of Europe: It was 1979 and a Pole unknown to the Western World was elected Pope. To the Communist East, this event was as much of a surprise. Nevertheless, neither East nor West could have imagined just what an impact the outcome of that Papal election would have upon the world’s political balance. Decades earlier, Stalin had …

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St. Thomas Garnet - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Thomas Garnet - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Thomas Garnet, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr, he was offered his life if he would take the oath, but he steadfastly refused, and was executed at the age of 32. Feastday June 23

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

22nd June - 

Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More - Independent Catholic News

22nd June - 

Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More - Independent Catholic News: Both saints held high office in England but submitted to martyrdom rather than accept Henry VIII's claim to be head of the Church. St John Fisher was a learned teacher and chancellor at Cambridge university and a friend of the humanist Erasmus. He became Bishop of Rochester in 1504 at the age of 35. When asked to accept the King as head of the Church he said he could not. 'I do not condemn any other men's consciences,' he said.

Pope reaffirms Church rejection of death penalty - Independent Catholic News

Pope reaffirms Church rejection of death penalty - Independent Catholic News: In a video message to participants of the Sixth World Conference Against the Death Penalty, taking place this week in Oslo, Norway Pope Francis has strongly reaffirmed the Catholic Church's rejection of the death penalty. The Holy Father said: 'The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is an auspicious occasion for promoting worldwide ever more evolved forms of respect for the life and dignity of each person. It must not be forgotten that the inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal.'

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St. John Fisher - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. John Fisher - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. John Fisher, Roman Catholic Cardinal and English Martyr, condemned to be hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. King Henry commuted the sentence to that of beheading, Fisher's head was stuck upon a pole on London Bridge. Feastday June 22

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: How a Holy Man Dies: St. John Fisher

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: How a Holy Man Dies: St. John Fisher: The author Michael Davies  described  the day of Fisher's beheading--he was awakened early and told the time of his execution; he aske...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Thomas More, Trusting in God

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: St. Thomas More, Trusting in God: From one of his letters written in the Tower, St. Thomas More tried to help his daughter help his family understand what he had to do. Thi...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Ten 'M's' On the Highway to Heaven

The Ten 'M's' On the Highway to Heaven: Behold, ten words all beginning with the letter “M” to help you on the highway to holiness, which terminates in your heavenly homeland for all eternity. Hopefully these ten hints and nudges will fire your spiritual engine to pursue the true purpose of your life—to be holy as your heavenly Father is holy and attain …

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St. John Rigby - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. John Rigby - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. John Rigby, Roman Catholic English Martyr, He was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Southwark. Feastday June 21

Monday, June 20, 2016

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St. Francis Pacheco - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Francis Pacheco - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Francis Pacheco, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and Japanese Martyr.
Bl. Peter Rinshei, Roman Catholic  Jesuit Martyr of Japan
Bl. John Baptist Zola, Roman Catholic  Jesuit Martyr of Japan.
Bl. John Kinsako, Roman Catholic Jesuit Martyr of Japan
Bl. Michael Tozo, Roman Catholic Jesuit Martyr of Japan
Bl. Paul Shinsuki, Roman Catholic Jesuit Martyr of Japan.

Feastday June 20

St. Vincent Kaun - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Vincent Kaun - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Vincent Kaun, Roman Catholic Martyr of Japan. A native of Korea, he was brought to Japan in 1591 as a prisoner of war and was subsequently converted to Christianity. Entering the Jesuits, he studied at the Jesuit seminary of Arima and worked for three decades as a catechist in both Japan and China. Seized during the persecution of the Church, he was burned alive at Nagasaki with Blessed Francis Pacheco. Feastday June 20

17 Irish Martyrs - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

17 Irish Martyrs - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Irish Catholic Martyrs were dozens of people who have been sanctified in varying degrees for dying for their Roman Catholic faith between 1537 and 1714 in Ireland. Feastday June 20

Bl. Conor O'Devany - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Conor O'Devany - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Conor O’Devany, Roman Catholic Bishop and Irish Martyr.  Bishop O'Devany was taken by the English authorities to a scaffold in Dublin to be executed on a trumped-up charge of treason. Having been offered a pardon at his trial if he would deny his faith, he had answered that he was resolved to die in defense of the Catholic faith. On the way to the scaffold, the bishop said to a priest facing martyrdom together with him (Blessed Patrick O'Loughran), "Come, my brave comrade, noble soldier of Christ, let us imitate as best we can the death of him who was led to the slaughter as the sheep before the shearer." As the bishop passed through Dublin's streets, Catholics emerged from their homes to kneel in reverence to their prelate. Following Bishop O'Devany's execution, a paralytic who had crawled to the scaffold to venerate his body was instantaneously cured. Feastday June 20

Bl. Thomas Whitbread - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Thomas Whitbread - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Thomas Whitbread Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday June20

Bl. William Harcourt - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. William Harcourt - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. William Harcourt, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr, executed at Tyburn with five other Jesuits. Feastday June 20

Bl. Anthony Turner - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Anthony Turner - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Anthony Turner, Roman Catholic English Martyr, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday June 20

Bl. John Fenwick & John Gavan - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Fenwick & John Gavan - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online





Bls. John Fenwick & John Gavan Roman Catholic Jesuit Priests and English Martyrs. They were falsely charged with complicity in the Titus Qates Plot hysteria, and put to death at Tyburn with three Jesuit companions. Feastday June 20

Sunday, June 19, 2016

19th June - Saint Romuald - Independent Catholic News

19th June - Saint Romuald - Independent Catholic News: Benedictine abbot. Born in Ravenna in 950, Romuald is said to have fled the world in horror after his father killed a man in a duel. He joined the Cluniac monks, but after years of study became attracted to a life of solitary prayer. He eventually left the monastery and walked from place to place, founding many hermitages and communities. The most important of these was Fonte Avellana and Camaldoli, on a wooded mountainside in Tuscany.

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Bl. Humphrey Middlemore - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Humphrey Middlemore - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Humphrey Middlemore, Roman Catholic Monk and English Martyr hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn. Feastday June 19

Bl. Thomas Woodhouse - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Thomas Woodhouse - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Thomas Woodhouse, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and English Martyr. A resident of Lincolnshire, he received ordination as a secular priest and took up a post there. Forced to resign from this post, he became a tutor in Wales. He was arrested in 1561 for celebrating a Mass and was sent to Fleet Prison. During the period of his incarceration, which lasted twelve years, he entered the Society of Jesus Thomas was tried in 1570. He was hanged at Tyburn. Feastday June 19

Bl. William Exmew - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. William Exmew - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



William Exmew - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online) Bl. William Exmew, Roman Catholic Monk and English Martyr, refused to accept the reforms of King Henry VIII , William was executed with Blesseds Sebastian Newdigate and Humphrey Middlemore, condemned to death as traitors, and were hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn Feastday June 19

Bl. Sebastian Newdigate - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Sebastian Newdigate - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Sebastian Newdigate, Roman Catholic Monk and English Martyr, refused to accept the reforms of King Hemy VIII , Sebastian was executed with Blesseds William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, condemned to death as traitors, and were hanged, drawn, and quartered at Tyburn Feastday June 19

Saturday, June 18, 2016

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St. Aquilina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Aquilina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Aquilina, Roman Catholic Virgin and Martyr beheaded at Byblos. She was only twelve years old. Feastday: June 18

18th June - The Venerable Matt Talbot - Independent Catholic News

18th June - The Venerable Matt Talbot - Independent Catholic News: Matt Talbot can be considered the patron of men and women struggling with alcoholism. Born in Dublin, in 1856, his father worked on the docks and had a difficult time supporting his family. After a few years of schooling, Matt obtained work as a messenger for some liquor merchants; there he began to drink excessively and soon became an alcoholic. For 15 years, until he was 30, he drank heavily.

Professor Mary McAleese warns of dangers of Brexit for Ireland - Independent Catholic News

Professor Mary McAleese warns of dangers of Brexit for Ireland - Independent Catholic News: Professor Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, now Professor in Irish Studies at St Mary's University, was the keynote speaker at the launch of the British Influence Report on Brexit: The Irish Dimension, at Church House Westminster, last night. There was a moment of silence before the speeches for Jo Cox MP, a keen supporter of the campaign to remain in Europe. Other speakers were Anthony Bailey, KGCN, OBE, Co-President of British Influence, Peter Wilding, Director of British Influence, Dr Charles Tannock MEP,

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: From the Birmingham Oratory: Faith of our Fathers

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: From the Birmingham Oratory: Faith of our Fathers: The weekly reflection from Newman's foundation, the Birmingham Oratory, compares and contrasts the challenges Sts. John Fisher and Tho...

Friday, June 17, 2016

17th June - Saint Rainier of Pisa - Independent Catholic News

17th June - Saint Rainier of Pisa - Independent Catholic News: Born in 1117, the son of prosperous merchants, St Rainier enjoyed a wild youth. He loved music and dancing, partying all night with friends, then sleeping all day. But when he was about 23 his aunt introduced him to a wandering monk who persuaded him there was more to life than dissipation and self-indulgence.St Ranier's change of heart was so dramatic, his parents feared for his sanity.

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Bl. Emmanuel d'Abreu - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Emmanuel d'Abreu - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Emmanuel d'Abreu, Roman Catholic Jesuit Priest and Chinese Martyr. He was arrested in Tonkin and was martyred the following year with three companions. Feastday: June 17

Thursday, June 16, 2016

15th June 
 St Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia - Independent Catholic News

15th June 
 St Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia - Independent Catholic News: Martyrs. The cult of these fourth century saints is very ancient, but few facts are known about their lives. Historians think it is probable that Modesta and Crescentia lived in Sicily, while St Vitus came from Lucania. According to tradition, St Vitus became Christian as a child, during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian. Modesta and Crescentia were his tutor and nurse. He soon gained a reputation for holiness and the power to work miracles.

St. Emily de Vialar, A Revolutionary Survivor

St. Emily de Vialar, A Revolutionary Survivor: Violent anti-Catholic sentiment, making public observance of the Faith dangerous.  Geopolitics muddying the waters of charity.  Financial mismanagement resulting in a public scandal and fall from grace.  Anyone who thinks either a: the Catholic Church is an institution that can be laid low by human actions or b: that it deliberately cultivates weak, subservient women …

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Bl. William Greenwood - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. William Greenwood - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. William Greenwood, Roman Catholic Monk and English Martyr, Carthusian martyr of England. A lay brother in the Carthusian London Charterhouse, he was arrested for opposing the policies of King Henry VIII (r. 1509-1547) and starved to death in Newgate Prison with six companions. Feastday June 16

16th June - Saint 

John Regis - Independent Catholic News

16th June - Saint 

John Regis - Independent Catholic News: French Jesuit priest. Born near Narbonne in 1597, John Francis Regis was the son of a well-to-do merchant. He joined the Jesuits at 18 and was ordained in 1631. From that time he began running missions in the very poor rural areas of the Auvergne and Languedoc. A tireless preacher, many people were converted by him. He made great efforts to help prisoners and prostitutes - with little support from his superiors.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Dying as Hidden Servants of Christ

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: Dying as Hidden Servants of Christ: On June 15, 1537, the second group of those Carthusians held in Newgate Prison, without charge, or trial, or sentence, or any other mark o...

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: June 15, 1598 in York

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: June 15, 1598 in York: Peter Snow, of Ripon, England, was ordained a priest in Soissons, France in 1591. After returning to England, he served for seven years i...

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St. Benildis - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Benildis - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Benildis. Roman Catholic Spanish woman martyr, converted by the heroic death of St. Athanasius. A priest, St. Athanasius, died in the city of Córdoba at the hands of the Moors, the Islamic rulers of that era. Benildis converted during the martyrdom of St. Athanasius and she died at the stake the following day. 853 A.D. Feastday June 15

Bls. Thomas Green, Thomas Scryven, and Thomas Reding - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bls. Thomas Green, Thomas Scryven, and Thomas Reding - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bls. Thomas Green, Thomas Scryven, and Thomas Reding, Roman Catholic English Carthusian martyrs.  Arrested for opposing King Henry VIII's (r. 1509-1547) claim of spiritual supremacy over the English Church, Thomas was imprisoned with two other Carthusians, the lay brothers Thomas Scryven and Thomas Reding, and four other companions. All were starved to death at Newgate.Feastday June 15

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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14th June 
 - Saint Dogmael - Independent Catholic News

14th June 
 - Saint Dogmael - Independent Catholic News: A 6th century Welsh monk, St Dogmael is thought to have lived in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey as many places there are dedicated to him including, St Dogmael, across the river from Cardigan. A parish in Anglesey also bears his name. At some time in his life he moved to Brittany, where a St Dogmeel, or St Toel still has a cult.

St. Anastasius XVII - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Anastasius XVII - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Anastasius XVII Roman Catholic Deacon and Martyr. A monk in the Benedictine monastery in Tabanos, near Cordoba, Spain, Anastasius was caught up in the persecutions conducted by the Muslim Moors. With St. Felix and St. Digna, Anastasius was beheaded for the faith. 853 A.D. Feastday June 14

Monday, June 13, 2016

Paul, the Apostle of Love

Paul, the Apostle of Love: One of the many tragedies that stemmed from the Protestant Reformation is the great misunderstanding of the Apostle Paul upon whom Martin Luther based much of his misbegotten theology. Paul is especially associated with the Reformation’s emphasis on salvation through faith alone by grace alone—expressed often as sola fide and sola gratia. Perhaps one verse …

His Eucharistic Heart

His Eucharistic Heart: A little over a month ago, the bishop of Legnica, Poland, announced that the relics of an apparent Eucharistic miracle would be made available in his diocese for the adoration of the faithful. The episcopal approval comes at a propitious time, when Poland is set to host World Youth Day in Krakow, July 25-31. The …

13th June 
 - St Anthony of Padua - Independent Catholic News

13th June 
 - St Anthony of Padua - Independent Catholic News: Preacher, Franciscan friar and priest. St Anthony was born in Lisbon in 1193. He came from a noble family. At around the age of 16 he joined the Austin Canons and studied at Coimbra. About 1220 he met some Franciscans on their way to Morocco. The group were martyred. St Antony was so impressed with them he became a Franciscan himself and travelled to Ceuta in the hope of continuing their mission. Instead he became ill and was forced to return

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St. Aquilina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Aquilina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Aquilina, Roman Catholic Martyr. She was arrested during Diocletian's persecution of Christian, and though only twelve, was beaten and decapitated by order of the magistrate, Volusian, when she would not renounce her Faith. Feastday: June 13

St. Augustine of Huy - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Augustine of Huy - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Augustine of Huy, Roman Catholic Martyr. When it was discovered he was a Christian, he joined St. Nicholas Thé in martyrdom. They were sawed into pieces. Feastday: June 13

Sunday, June 12, 2016

12th June
 - Saint Peter of Mount Athos - Independent Catholic News

12th June
 - Saint Peter of Mount Athos - Independent Catholic News: Monk and hermit. According to legend, he was originally a soldier who was captured and imprisoned by the Muslims. St Simeon is said to have negotiated his release. After this he went to Rome where he was granted the monastic habit by the Pope. He then experienced a vision of Our Lady, and journeyed to Mount Athos where he lived the life of a hermit for the next 50 years.

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Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Prayer Book Rebellion

Supremacy and Survival: The English Reformation: The Prayer Book Rebellion: Like the Pilgrimage of Grace in northern England during Henry VIII's reign, the Prayer Book Rebellion in Cornwall during Edward VI&#39...

Archbishop speaks out after California legalizes assisted suicide - Health & Wellness - News - Catholic Online

Archbishop speaks out after California legalizes assisted suicide - Health & Wellness - News - Catholic Online

St. Christian - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Christian - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Christian, Bishop and brother of St. Malachy of Armagh. His Celtic name was Croistan O'Morgair. In 1126, Christian was named the bishop of Clogher, in Ireland. Feastday June12

108 Polish Martyrs - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

108 Polish Martyrs - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



108 Blessed Polish Martyrs, Martyrs of World War II, were Roman Catholics from Poland killed during World War II by the Nazis The group comprises 3 bishops, 52 priests, 26 members of male religious orders, 3 seminarians, 8 religious sisters and 9 lay people. Feastday June12

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

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



St. John of Sahagun, Roman Catholic Augustinian friar and priest. He was a leading preacher regarding social behavior of his day. Feastday June 12

Saturday, June 11, 2016

St. Peter Rodriguez and Companions - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Peter Rodriguez and Companions - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Peter Rodriguez and Companions, Roman Catholic Knights of Santiago of Portugal and Spanish Martyrs, put to death by the Muslim Moors Feastday: June 11

11th June 
 - St Barnabas - Independent Catholic News

11th June 
 - St Barnabas - Independent Catholic News: Apostle. A Jewish Cypriot and Levite, St Barnabas was an early disciple - but not one of the Twelve. He was originally called Joseph, but when he sold all his possessions and gave the money to the apostles, his parents gave him his new name, meaning 'son of consolation'. He welcomed Paul into the Christian community after Paul's conversion. With John, Mark and Paul he sailed on the first missionary expedition to Cyprus

Friday, June 10, 2016

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10 Incredibly Isolated Monasteries - Listverse

10 Incredibly Isolated Monasteries - Listverse: Some say love makes the heart sore. Well, the love of God must make the body sore, too. That’s certainly the case if these monasteries are anything to go b

The Last Days Of Mary Queen of Scots - BBC History Documentary

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Bl. Olivia - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Olivia - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Olivia, was a beautiful girl of thirteen, of a noble Palermo, Italy, family who was carried off to Tunis by raiding Moslems. They allowed her to live in a nearby cave but when they found that her miracles and cures had converted many Mohammedans, she was imprisoned, tortured, and after converting her executioners trying to burn her to death, was beheaded. Feastday June10

St. Getulius - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Getulius - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Getulius, Martyr with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus. He was the husband of St. Symphorosa. An officer in the Roman army, he resigned when he became a Christian and returned to his estates near Tivoli, Italy. There he converted Caerealis, an imperial legate sent to arrest him. With his brother Amantius and with Caerealis and Primitivus, Getulius was tortured and martyred at Tivoli. Feastday June10

Thursday, June 9, 2016

9th June 
 - St Columba - Independent Catholic News

9th June 
 - St Columba - Independent Catholic News: Born at Gartan in Co Donegal, in 521, St Columba was trained as a monk first by Finian of Moville and then by Finian of Clonard. He spent 15 years in Ireland preaching and founding monasteries - the greatest of these being Kells, Durrow and Derry. Then in 565 he left with twelve companions for the Scottish island of Iona. There he founded the community that was to become the heart of Celtic Christianity. From Iona, Columba and his monks made

Taxpayers Should Not Fund Physician-Assisted Suicide

Taxpayers Should Not Fund Physician-Assisted Suicide

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The Great Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim

St. Ephrem - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Ephrem - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Ephrem. Roman Catholic Doctor of the Church, he is given credit for awakening the Church to the important of music and poetry in spreading and fortifying the faith. Feast day June 09

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi: Housewife, Mother and Saint

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi: Housewife, Mother and Saint: Imagine the saint who was a renown healer and a great mystic, who conversed with Jesus and Mary, and was supernaturally gifted by God for 47 years with a miraculous, luminous globe that stayed with her at all times, and in which, she could see nearly all things hidden, present, and in the future.  Was …

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bl. Pacificus of Cerano - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Pacificus of Cerano. Franciscan friar and renowned preacher. Pacificus Ramota was a native of Cerano, Novara, Italy, and entered the Franciscans in 1445. He served as a missionary in northern Italy and worked for the reform of the Church, fulfilling a task given to him by Pope Sixtus IV to bring reform to the Church in Sardinia. The pope also asked him to preach a crusade against the Ottoman Turks who had recently captured Constantinople and were threatening the Mediterranean. Especially respected for his knowledge of moral theology, Pacificus authored the Summa Pacifica, which was widely read by theologians of the time. 1424-1482 A.D. He died at Sassari, Sardinia, on June 4, 1482, and his cult was confirmed in 1745 .Feastday June8

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8th June - St William of York - Independent Catholic News

8th June - St William of York - Independent Catholic News: Archbishop. A patron saint of victims of injustice. St William of York's early career in the church was very successful. As a young man in 1130, he was appointed treasurer of York and chaplain to King Steven. He was known as a kind and good-natured person. When the Archbishop of York died, the authorities chose William as his successor. But from that time on things went badly wrong, as he became the innocent victim of malicious gossip.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Daily Reading for Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Daily Reading for Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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Reading 1, First Kings 17:7-16

7 But after a while the stream dried up, for the country had had no rain.
8 And then the word of Yahweh came to him,
9 'Up and go to Zarephath in Sidonia, and stay there. I have ordered a widow there to give you food.'
10 So he went off to Sidon. And when he reached the city gate, there was a widow gathering sticks. Addressing her he said, 'Please bring a little water in a pitcher for me to drink.'
11 She was on her way to fetch it when he called after her. 'Please', he said, 'bring me a scrap of bread in your hand.'
12 'As Yahweh your God lives,' she replied, 'I have no baked bread, but only a handful of meal in a jar and a little oil in a jug; I am just gathering a stick or two to go and prepare this for myself and my son to eat, and then we shall die.'
13 But Elijah said to her, 'Do not be afraid, go and do as you have said; but first make a little scone of it for me and bring it to me, and then make some for yourself and for your son.
14 For Yahweh, God of Israel, says this: Jar of meal shall not be spent, jug of oil shall not be emptied, before the day when Yahweh sends rain on the face of the earth.'
15 The woman went and did as Elijah told her and they ate the food, she, himself and her son.
16 The jar of meal was not spent nor the jug of oil emptied, just as Yahweh had foretold through Elijah.

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 4:2-3, 4-5, 7-8

2 Children of men, how long will you be heavy of heart, why love what is vain and chase after illusions?
3 Realise that Yahweh performs wonders for his faithful, Yahweh listens when I call to him.
4 Be careful not to sin, speak in your hearts, and on your beds keep silence.
5 Loyally offer sacrifices, and trust in Yahweh.
6 Many keep saying, 'Who will put happiness before our eyes?' Let the light of your face shine on us. Yahweh,
7 to my heart you are a richer joy than all their corn and new wine.
8 In peace I lie down and at once fall asleep, for it is you and none other, Yahweh, who make me rest secure.

Gospel, Matthew 5:13-16

13 'You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled under people's feet.
14 'You are light for the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden.
15 No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house.
16 In the same way your light must shine in people's sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.


7th June - Saint Meriadoc - Independent Catholic News

7th June - Saint Meriadoc - Independent Catholic News: Bishop, patron of Cambourne in Cornwall. St Meriadoc (also known as Meriasek) was probably a Welshman who founded at least one church in Cornwall and several churches and monasteries in Brittany in the 4th century. He eventually became a bishop there and his feast is celebrated in several Breton dioceses to this day. The rare Cornish miracle play: Beunans Meriasek, tells his life story.

St. Peter - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Peter - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Peter, Roman Catholic Priest and Spanish Martyr with Wallabonsus, Sabinian, Wistremundus, Habentius, and Jeremias. They were put to death in Cordoba at the order of Emir Abd al-Rahman II for preaching against Muhammad. Though most were beheaded, Jeremias was scourged to death. Feastday June 7

Monday, June 6, 2016

6th June - Saint Norbert - Independent Catholic News

6th June - Saint Norbert - Independent Catholic News: Bishop and founder. Born into an aristocratic family near Cleves in Germany, in around 1080. Norbert embarked on a comfortable career holding several posts at the wealthy courts of Archbishop Frederick I and Emperor Henry V. When he was about 35, he had a riding accident, narrowly escaping death, and underwent a sudden conversion which made him give up his life at court to become a priest. Soon after his ordination he tried to reform the canons of

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Marian apparition approved in Argentina - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Marian apparition approved in Argentina - Living Faith - Home & Family - News - Catholic Online

Bl. Walter Pierson - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Walter Pierson - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Walter Pierson, Roman Catholic Carthusian Monk and English Martyr, With six other Carthusians, he was starved to death in prison by English authorities for opposing the religious policies of King Henry VIII. Feastday June6


Bl. Robert Salt - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Robert Salt - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Robert Salt, Roman Catholic Carthusian Monk and English Martyr, starved to death in Newgate Prison with six Carthusian companions after they resisted his Dissolution of the Monasteries. Feastday June 6

BL. John Davy - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

BL. John Davy - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. John Davy,Roman Catholic Carthusian Monk and English Martyr,starved to death in Newgate Prison with six Carthusian companions. Feastday June6

Sunday, June 5, 2016

5th June - Saint Boniface - Independent Catholic News

5th June - Saint Boniface - Independent Catholic News: Bishop and martyr. St Boniface was born around 680AD to a Saxon farming family near Crediton in Devon. He was baptised as Wynfrith. Educated in monastery schools in the West Country, he became a monk, first at Exeter, then at Nursling, near Southampton. During this time he compiled the first Latin grammar written in English. In 718, he left his homeland, never to return, to take the Gospel to the pagan tribes in Germany.

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St. Boniface of Mainz - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Boniface of Mainz - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Saint Boniface (Latin: Bonifatius) (c. 675? – 5 June 754 AD), born Winfrid, Wynfrith, or Wynfryth in the kingdom of Wessex in Anglo-Saxon England, was a leading figure in the Anglo-Saxon mission to the Germanic parts of the Frankish Empire during the 8th century. He established the first organized Christianity in many parts of Germania. He is the patron saint of Germania, the first archbishop of Mainz and the "Apostle of the Germans". He was killed in Frisia in 754, along with 52 others. Feastday Jun 5

Bl. Franciscan Martyrs of China - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Franciscan Martyrs of China - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. Franciscan Martyrs of China, Twenty-nine Franciscans and Franciscan tertiaries who became victims of the Boxer Rebellion. They represent more than 100,000 Christians of China who were martyred in the reign of Empress Tz’u hsi. These martyrs are recorded as being slain in the palace of the viceroy of Taiyuan-fu of Xian-fu Province. The martyrs are: Bishop Gregory Grassie, Bishop Francis Fognolla, Father Elias Facchini, Father Theodore Balat, Father Franco Benedictine hermit.Feastday June 5

St. Sanctinus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Sanctinus - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Sanctinus.  Also known as Sancho, a martyr. He was born in Albi, France, but was captured as a child by the Moors and sold into slavery at Cordoba, Spain. Raised and educated at the court of the emir of Cordoba, he served in the palace guard until tortured and executed for professing the Christian faith and refusing to embrace Islam. 851 A.D. Feastday June 5

English Historical Fiction Authors: William Longchamp – Richard the Lionheart’s Chance...

English Historical Fiction Authors: William Longchamp – Richard the Lionheart’s Chance...: by Charlene Newcomb Richard I Whilst preparing to depart on crusade in 1189, King Richard, the Lionheart, invested the authority to ...

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St. Breaca - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Breaca - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Breaca, Roman Catholic Nun and Irish Missionary. Disciple of St. Brigid, She went from Ireland to Cornwall, England, about 460. There Breaca and her companions settled on the bank of the Hoyle River. Feastday June 2

St. Walter - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Walter - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Walter, Roman Catholic Benedictine abbot. Born in England, he served as a monk and then became the abbot of Fontenelle, France, the famed Benedictine spiritual center. Pope Innocent II (r. 1130-1143) noted his zeal and holiness. Feastday June4




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Friday, June 3, 2016

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June 3rd - The Martyrs of Uganda - Independent Catholic News

June 3rd - The Martyrs of Uganda - Independent Catholic News: This group of 22 Africans who died for their faith in 1885-87 includes Charles Lwanga, Joseph Mukasa, Judge Matthias Murumba and Andrew Kagwa, a leading catechist. The tyrannical King Mwanga ordered the persecutions. He began by killing an Anglican missionary, Bishop James Hannington, and several Christian converts in his court. When Charles Lwanga and several others protested, Mwanga ordered them to be dismembered and burnt alive.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

2nd June - Saint Erasmus - Independent Catholic News

2nd June - Saint Erasmus - Independent Catholic News: Popularly known as St Elmo, this early saint was Bishop of Formiae in Italy. When the Christians were being persecuted under Emperor Diocletian according to legend he took refuge on Mt Lebanon, living on food brought to him by birds. He was captured and suffered horrendous tortures before he managed to escape and began boldly preaching again. He was recaptured in Illyricum, tortured again, and finally killed in 303.

2nd June - Saint Erasmus - Independent Catholic News

2nd June - Saint Erasmus - Independent Catholic News: Popularly known as St Elmo, this early saint was Bishop of Formiae in Italy. When the Christians were being persecuted under Emperor Diocletian according to legend he took refuge on Mt Lebanon, living on food brought to him by birds. He was captured and suffered horrendous tortures before he managed to escape and began boldly preaching again. He was recaptured in Illyricum, tortured again, and finally killed in 303.

Set the World ABLAZE! (Luke 12:49)

Set the World ABLAZE! (Luke 12:49): One may have reason to doubt the real power of Jesus Christ alive and present. 90% disappear after Confirmation. 75% of Catholics no longer attend Mass. Only 13% of Mass-going Catholics even pray before meals. Or, perhaps like the origin of just about every superhero, the power is there, we have it, but we have …

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Martyrs of Lyons - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Martyrs of Lyons - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Martyrs of Lyons, A group of Christians that include Photinus, Sanctius, Vetius, Epagathus, Maturus, Ponticus, Biblis, Attalus, Alexander, Blandina, and companions. They were attacked by a pagan mob and then tried as Christians in the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Lugdunum, Gaul. Writers from Lyons and Vienne provided very graphic descriptions of the terible torments endured by these martyrs. Feastday June2.

St. Blandina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

St. Blandina - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



St. Blandina, Roman Catholic Martyr.  Blandina was tortured for her faith; body burned and ashes thrown in the Tiber River. Feastday June2

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bl. John Storey - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. John Storey - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online



Bl. John Storey, Roman Catholic Priest and English Martyr, executed at Tyburn by being hanged, drawn and quartered on 1 June

Martyr of England. A Doctor of Law, John studied at Oxford, was president of Broadgate Hall and a professor of law, and was an active Catholic in the reign of Queen Mary Tudor. Married about 1547, he entered Parliament and was vocal in his opposition to various anti-Catholic laws then being proposed by the governments of King Edward VI and Queen Elizabeth I . Arrested and imprisoned, he managed to escape but was captured by Elizabeth's agents in Antwerp, returned for a trial, and executed at Tyburn. Feastday June 1

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St. Justin Martyr

1st June - St Whyte - Independent Catholic News

1st June - St Whyte - Independent Catholic News: This early British saint gave her name to, and is buried at Whitechurch Canonicorum, in Dorset. Her modest shrine, together with that of Edward the Confessor, are the only two to survive intact in England to this day. Very little is known about her. She is sometimes also called St Candida. Some historians think she was a West Saxon, others say she may have been the Welsh saint Gwen, whose relics were given by St Athelstan to this church.