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St. John of Capistrano: Victor for Jesus

The saint of the day for October 23 is St. John of Capistrano, a great Franciscan priest, preacher, and theologian who promoted devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. He is the patron saint of chaplains, military chaplains, and judges. John was born at Capistrano, Italy in 1385, the son of a former German knight of that city. He studied law at the University of...

St. Paul of the Cross: Founder of the Passionists

Today, October 20, is the feast of St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775), Italian priest, mystic, and founder of the Passionist Congregation. Paul was born in Ovada, in northern Italy as Paolo Francesco Danei, the second oldest of sixteen children, eleven of whom died in infancy. His father was from a noble family that had been reduced to poverty over the years. His parents were...

“SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME” GIVEAWAY

SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, a powerful film for Catholic audiences that specifically highlights the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, human dignity and family life, will be released in theaters nationwide Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME is already receiving endorsements from notable Catholics. “Based on a beautiful true story and enriched by a terrific cast, this is a...

Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko: Priest and Martyr

Image: Father Jerzy Popiełuszko Today is the feast of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko (1947 – 1984), a young Polish priest who celebrated a regular “Mass for the Homeland” in which he spoke openly and honestly about the evils of Communism—the mistreatment of workers, the random arrests, the savagery of the police, and the hunger and hardship so many families experienced on a daily basis. Fr. Jerzy...

St. Luke: Healer and Herald of Christ’s Merciful Love

By Jean M. Heimann October 18 is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. It is believed that he was born a Greek and a gentile. A physician at Antioch, and a painter, St. Luke became a convert of Saint Paul and afterwards his fellow-evangelizer. Luke was the writer of the Gospel and its “companion volume,” the Acts of the Apostles, and has been identified...

St. Ignatius of Antioch: Bishop and Martyr

By Jean M. Heimann St. Ignatius of Antioch ( c. 50 – c.107), whose feast we celebrate on October 17, was an early Church Father, bishop, and martyr. Tradition tells us that he was a convert and a disciple of the Apostle Saint John. Ignatius was born in Syria during the 1st century and was surnamed Theophorus, which means “the God-Bearer.” When he became the...

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: “Beloved Disciple to the Sacred Heart”

The saint of the day for October 16 is St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 – 1690). She was selected by God to be a witness to the passionate love He has for each one of us, as symbolized by the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through visions and private revelations, God used her, as His instrument, to spread His love throughout the world. Margaret Mary grew...

Fatima: What does Our Lady ask of us today?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. On October 13th, we celebrate the Miracle of the Sun – the final apparition of Fatima. The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children: Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta between May 13 and October 13, 1917. She gave them a message of both warning and hope. Our Lady of...

Our Lady of the Pillar: Mother Mary’s First Apparition

October 12 is the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar — the Blessed Virgin Mary’s first apparition in history. The Blessed Mother appeared to Saint James the Apostle, the brother of Saint John the Evangelist, on the bank of the river Ebro in Saragossa, Spain. Unlike every other recorded apparition, this one took place during the earthly life of the Mother of God. Our...

The Table by Dennis Lambert: Book Review

Book Summary First century Christianity and present-day musical aspirations meet in the story of a miracle table built by the grandfather of Jesus Christ. The table is placed in the hands of a Centurion named Cornelius following the death of the Messiah. Given the title of table bearer and a mission, Cornelius begins a history of bringing peace to those who encounter the table, a...