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Saint Pius X: Pope of the Eucharist

August 21st is the feast of Pope Saint Pius X (1835-1914), patron of communicants. Referred to as the “Pope of the Eucharist”, he advocated frequent Communion for adults, sacramental preparation for children, and instruction in catechism for everyone. The Eucharistic Congress of 1905 in Rome was held at his request. Giuseppe Sarto was born June 2, 1835, the second of ten children to a poor family...

7 Quick Takes: Celebrations, Saints, Giveaway

  1. This evening, my husband and I joined our community (the Community of St. John) to listen to Fr. Joseph Mary, the Prior of St. Joseph’s in Princeville, IL, speak on The Future of Catholicism. This was our last chance to see him as Prior, as he goes on sabbatical for one year.  Afterwards, he will be re-assigned. Fr. Joseph Mary was there when...

St. Clare of Montefalco: Bearer of the Cross of Christ

August 17 is the feast of St. Clare of Montefalco (1268-1308), an Augustinian nun noted for her devotion to the Passion of Christ. For that reason, she is sometimes called St. Clare of the Cross. In her community of sisters, she was a model of religious life according to the ideals of Augustine. As superior of her convent, she constantly urged her sisters to practice...

The Case For Christ: Giveaway for Two DVD copies

THE CASE FOR CHRIST, one of the best-reviewed faithbased films of 2017, was released on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD on Aug. 15, 2017, from Pure Flix Entertainment, the largest faith and family studio in the world. During its April national theatrical release, the movie earned a “fresh” rating from critics at Rotten Tomatoes and a rare A+ from Cinemascore, the industry standard for measuring audience opinion...

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates her being taken up body and soul into heaven when her earthly life was finished. It first began to be celebrated as a feast day in the Eastern Church after the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus (431) proclaimed Mary the Mother of God. By the sixth century, the feast celebrated Mary’s Dormition, “her falling asleep”. The western church...

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Blessed Mother, and Me

  By Jean M. Heimann August 14 is the feast day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, one of my favorite saints. A Conventual Franciscan, “Saint Max” graciously assisted me during one of the most difficult times in my life – a dark night of the senses – approximately 17 years ago. The Lord led me to seek spiritual direction from a Conventual Franciscan (much like Saint...

Novena for the Queenship of Mary begins

August 22 is the Feast of The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This special Liturgical Feast was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on October 11, 1954 through his Encyclical Letter Ad Caeli Reginam. The Catholic Church made this proclamation based upon the fact that whether in time of peace or in time of war, the faithful have incessantly offered prayers of petition and hymns of...

St. Clare of Assisi: Contemplative, Miracle-Worker, Lover of the Eucharist

August 11 is the memorial of St. Clare of Assisi, the first woman to follow the life of radical poverty practiced by St. Francis of Assisi and co-founder of the Poor Clares. Her nuns are well-known for joyfully embracing lives of radical poverty and penetential austerity as a means of entering into profound communion with Christ crucified. The Lady Clare was born into a wealthy,...

Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

Image: Saint Lawrence crowned by Baby Jesus By Jean M. Heimann Today is the feast of Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr. Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of the Church of Rome. In 258, he was martyred along with Pope Sixtus II and other deacons. St. Lawrence was in charge of caring for the poor and had a great love for the destitute and...

Top Ten Quotes from St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

August 9 is the feast of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (also known as Edith Stein), virgin and martyr, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, who later became a Discalced Carmelite nun and was martyred at Auschwitz. She is the patron saint of converted Jews, loss of parents, martyrs, and World Youth Day. Here are ten powerful quotes from Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross:...