Seven Quick Takes: November News
1. This fall has been a particularly busy season for me, as I have been writing new book proposals, doing research for new books, participating in radio interviews, and reading and reviewing several new books. Here are some fabulous fall reads I hope you will enjoy as much as I have.
2. November started off with one of my favorite feast days of the year — All Saints’ Day. We sometimes think of sainthood and sanctity as being far removed for us, but these popular saints tell us how to find holiness in our daily lives.
3. On All Souls’ Day, November 2, Roman Catholics commemorate and pray for the holy souls in Purgatory, undergoing purification of their sins before entering heaven. It is a great act of charity to pray for the poor souls and it is very much needed. Learn ten ways to pray for the poor souls in purgatory, not only on All Souls’ Day, but throughout the month of November, which is dedicated to the holy souls, and throughout the year.
4. How did you celebrate All Hallows’ Eve? If you’re Catholic, you may want to try something new that is exciting and sacred at the same time. Read my post The Catholic Way of Celebrating All Hallows’ Eve. In the last paragraph, I describe our new Catholic family tradition.
5. On November 3, we celebrate the feast of St. Martin de Porres, a Peruvian Dominican Brother whose life of charity and devotion led to his canonization as the first black saint of the Americas.
Martin’s kindness and his love of prayer and humility helped him become friends with many people from all social classes, which enabled him to alleviate the sufferings of many. His popularity allowed him to use all of his extraordinary gifts to serve the poor and to work diligently to promote their cause.
Saint Martin’s love was shown equally to humans and to animals, including mice. Like St. Francis of Assisi, Martin treated animals as brothers and sisters and they did whatever he told them to do. He maintained a hospital for cats and dogs at his sister’s house. A close friend of St. Rose of Lima, Martin died in 1639 at the age of sixty and was canonized in 1962.
Saint Martin de Porres is the patron saint of: African Americans, barbers, bi-racial people, hair stylists, hotel-keepers, inter-racial justice, mixed-race people, Peru, poor people, public education, public health, race relations, racial harmony, social justice, and television.
6. November 8 is the feast of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. A French discalced Carmelite nun, a mystic, a spiritual director, and a spiritual writer, she is the patron saint of sick people and of the loss of parents.
Elizabeth was born on July 18, 1880 in a military camp in the diocese of Bourges, France to Captain Joseph Catez and Marie Catez. Her father died when she was just seven, leaving her mother to raise Elizabeth and her sister.
Elizabeth was a determined, energetic, and popular young lady. She had a great love for God, and practiced a beautiful, but simple prayer life. At the same time, she had a bad temper as a child. However, this changed when she made her First Holy Communion just prior to her eleventh birthday. Thereafter, she eventually developed self-discipline and attained a deeper knowledge of God. She grew in her love for God and acquired an intense awareness of the Holy Trinity.
Elizabeth was blessed with many gifts. She was a talented pianist and had a flair for making friends, participating in a very active social life. At the same time, she never abandoned those who were in most need of her abilities. She sang in the choir, visited the sick, and taught catechism to children. Read more.
7. Here is a new book I am looking forward to reading. St. John Paul II is one of my top ten favorite saints and I always enjoy George Weigel’s works.
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Have a wonderful weekend!