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7QT: Hot Summer Reviews, Interviews, and Saints

1. I was so happy to read Sarah Reinhard’s review of my new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World in The National Catholic Register. You can read the full review here.  2. I recently visited with Pete Socks to discuss my latest book Fatima: The Apparition that Changed the World. 3. Here are some hot tips on family videos I recently enjoyed watching...

St. Apollinaris, Apologist, Miracle-Worker and Martyr

The saint of the day for July 20 is St. Apollinaris, an illustrious second century bishop and a great apologist for his time. Born in Antioch, Turkey, he became the first bishop of Ravenna, Italy, where he shepherded his flock for twenty-six years. St. Apollinaris  defended the Christian religion to the emperor Marcus Aurelius, who, shortly before, had obtained a victory over the Quadi, a...

St. Macrina the Younger: Virgin and Ascetic

The saint of the day for July 19 is St. Macrina the Younger, a nun in the early Church. Her younger brother, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, wrote her biography, which centers on her virginity and asceticism.  St. Gregory tells us that Macrina “reached the highest summit of human virtue by true wisdom.” St. Macrina the Younger (330-380) was the eldest child in a family of saints. Her...

St. Camillus of Lellis, patron of the sick

  The saint of the day for July 18 is St. Camillus of Lellis, founder of an order dedicated to the care of the sick. He is the patron of the sick, hospitals, and nurses. St. Camilus was born in Bacchianico, Italy in 1550 and died in Rome, Italy in 1614. His mother died while he was still a child and his father was an...

Saint Anne Novena begins today

Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the Saint Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17th; however, you can pray it anytime. St. Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the grandmother of Jesus, and the wife of Joachim. She is mentioned in the Apocrypha, chiefly the Protoevangelium of James, which dates...

Seven Quick Takes: Saints, Apparitions, and Miracles

1. The saint of the day for July 14 is a special young woman whom I have admired for some time —  St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint. Known as the “Lily of the Mohawks” and the “Geneviève of New France,” Kateri was born near the town of Auriesville, New York, in the year 1656, the daughter of a Mohawk chief and an...

July 13: The Third Apparition of Fatima

July 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the third apparition at Fatima in 1917. This apparition at Fatima is considered one of the most important apparitions because it was then that Our Lady disclosed the essential meaning of her Fatima message. It was at this time that she imparted many grave warnings, but also instilled hope that her Immaculate Heart would triumph. It was also...

St. Benedict of Nursia: Founder of Western Monasticism

By Jean M. Heimann July 11 is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, the twin brother of St. Scholastica, the founder of Western monasticism. In 1964, Pope Paul VI declared him patron of Europe and in 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger chose Benedict as patron of his papacy. St. Benedict of Nursia is the patron saint of: monks, cave explorers, agricultural workers, civil engineers, kidney...

St. Veronica Giuliani: Capuchin Mystic and Stigmatist

Today, July 10, is the feast of St. Veronica Giuliani, a Capuchin Poor Clare and one of the greatest mystics of the eighteenth century. Spiritually, she has been compared to St. Teresa of Avila and St. Francis of Assisi. Born in the Italian town of Mercatello on December 27, 1660, St. Veronica Giuliani was given the baptismal name of Ursula. She was pious from a...

The Infant of Prague Novena Prayer

Child Jesus of Prague (original statue) The Infant of Prague — History The original statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague was created as a royal wedding gift from a Spanish Princess to her Austrian royal cousin. The statue of the Infant is a slender and beautifully-modeled figure and is carved of wood thinly coated with wax, standing nineteen inches tall, with the left foot...