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Inspiration for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus falls 19 days after Pentecost, which is seven weeks after Easter. We celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 23 this year. On this day, we focus our eyes on Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist and reflect on God’s unconditional love and boundless mercy as symbolized by His Heart. “In the...

Seven Great Quotes from Saint Thomas More

  June 22 is the feast of Saint Thomas More, a classical scholar, a knight, Lord Chancellor of England, a statesman, a politician, a man of prayer, the author of the well-known Utopia, a theologian, and a lawyer by profession. He was born in London on February 7, 1477 into an upper class family and received an excellent education. He studied at St Anthony’s School...

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of teenagers

The saint of the day for June 21 is St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian Jesuit priest, the patron saint of teenagers. He is also the patron of AIDS care-givers and AIDS patients, and relief from sore eyes. The 16th century was very similar to the 21st century.  The times were lax, morally careless, self-indulgent. Aloysius saw the decadence around him and was determined not to be part...

St. Romuald, abbot and founder

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Romuald, abbot and founder of the Camaldolese Benedictines –one of the Italian branches of the Benedictines. He was born around 950 in Ravenna, Italy of a noble family and died on June 19, 1027 in Val-di-Castro, Italy. Horrified, after his father killed a relative in a duel, at which he was forced to be present, Romuald retired to...

7 QT: Seven Sizzling Books for Summer

Here are seven inspiring and uplifting reads for summer: 1. The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl – This is an intriguing, award-winning novel that I was unable to put down. It is a Catholic romance story that is filled with action and suspense. It is an inspiring story of redemption and transformation. You will absolutely love it! Genre: Young Adult,  religious fiction, Christian, sports and...

My recent interview with “The Miracle Hunter”

Michael O’Neill, “The Miracle Hunter” had me as a guest on his radio show to talk about Our Lady of Fatima and my new book: Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World. In case you might have missed my chat with “The Miracle Hunter” you can listen in here at your leisure. You can move the time marker to the 7:44 mark to hear our conversation. I...

St. Germaine: Patroness of the Abused and Disabled

Today, June 15 is the feast day of St. Germaine Cousin, a simple and devout young girl who lived in Pibrac, France in the late 1500s. She was born in 1579 to a humble family. Her father was a farmer, and her mother died when she was still an infant. She was born with a deformed right arm and hand, as well as the disease...

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus begins

The month of June is singled out for devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The novena to the Sacred Heart begins on June 14 and ends on Thursday, June 22, the eve of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which takes place on June 23 this year. Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus I. O my Jesus, you have said:...

St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

Saint Anthony of Padua with the Infant Christ by Guercino, 1656, Bologna, Italy    By Jean M. Heimann June 13 is the feast of one of my favorite saints — St. Anthony of Padua. He is a Doctor of the Church, a Franciscan priest known as the “Hammer of the Heretics”, the “Wonder-Worker”, and the “Living Ark of the Covenant.” Countless conversions, miraculous healings, and...

The Perfect Blindside: Book Giveaway

  Recently, Catholic author Leslea Wahl contacted me and asked if I would be willing to interview her and share a book giveaway on Catholic Fire. As I was not familiar with Leslie’s writing, I asked her to send me a copy of one of her books. Leslie sent me her Young Adult novel The Perfect Blindside. What a treasure this book is! In The...