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Tuesday of Holy Week: Love, Denial, and Betrayal

Readings In his Last Supper story, John interweaves two contrasting strands: the apparent failure and ultimate triumph of Jesus. Even among the Twelve, one close follower would betray Jesus; another would deny him, and in general they did not grasp what he tried to tell them on the eve of his Passion. But the Evangelist knows that Jesus himself faced this supreme trial with a...

John Baptist de la Salle: Patron Saint of Teachers

  The saint of the day for April 7 is St. John Baptist de la Salle, father of modern education and the patron saint of teachers. He is known for promoting and reforming Christian education, especially among the poor. John Baptist de la Salle was born at Rheims in France in 1651. He was the oldest of ten children in a noble family. After ordination to...

Saint William of Paris, Abbot and Reformer

On April 6, we celebrate the feast of Saint William of Paris, also known as Saint William of Eskilsoe. William (1105 – 1203) was born in Paris of a noble French family. He was educated by the monks of Saint-Germain-des-Pres under the direction of his Uncle Hugh, the abbot. From there, he was received by the chapter of secular canons of St. Genevieve. This was...

An Open Book – April 2017 #openbook

  I’m joining with Carolyn Astfalk at My Scribbler’s Heart and Catholic Mom for An Open Book. Here’s what I’ve been reading: Broken Brain, Fortified Faith By Virginia Pillars Amazon Synopsis: The terms mental illness and mental health are often used casually, but many don’t believe mental illness is relevant to their lives. However, studies show that more people live with mental illness than heart...

Book Review: Broken Brain, Fortified Faith

  By Virginia Pillars Familius LLC, 2016 Available From: Familius LLC, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Exisle-Publishing, Walmart, Rakuten.com, Target Awards: The Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval   Broken Brain, Fortified Faith is the true story of how one woman deals with her adult daughter’s diagnosis of schizophrenia, several hospitalizations, legal issues, and other family crises, over a two-year period, including: infertility, the death of...

Saint Isidore of Seville: Patron Saint of the Internet

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Isidore of Seville, the patron saint of the Internet and the author of the first encyclopedia. A Confessor, Doctor of the Church, and Bishop of Seville, Isidore was born in Cartagena, Spain, 560 and died in Seville, Spain in 636. He was younger brother to Saint Fulgentius of Astigi and Saint Florentina and succeeded his brother, Leander, a...

Book Review: Counting on Faith

Counting on Faith by Maurice Prater Illustrated by Jason Koltuniak Bismarck, ND: Divine Providence Press, 2014 Available From: Divine Providence Press, Amazon, Seton Educational Media, The Catholic Company, EWTN Religious Catalogue, and Catholic Booksellers Maurice Prater graciously sent me a copy of his Catholic children’s book to review, Counting on Faith. Counting on Faith offers many impressive features. First, it pairs counting with the tenets...

Blessed Joan of Toulouse, Founder of the third order Carmelites

On March 31, we commemorate Blessed Joan of Toulouse, the first lay associate and founder of the Carmelite third order.   Blessed Joan was born to a noble family in the kingdom of Navarre. A Carmelite monastery had been founded in Toulouse, France, in 1240, which exposed her to the Carmelite lifestyle and spirituality. Due to her devotion to Our Lady, she wished to live...

Saint Berthold of Calabria: Crusader, Priest, Hermit

  The saint of the day for March 29 is St. Berthold of Calabria (d. 1195), a Norman French crusader and a priest who founded a hermit colony on Mount Carmel in 1185. A son of the Count of Limoges, Berthold was born in Malifaye in southwest France. He was also a nephew of Aymeric of Malifaye, the Latin patriarch of who was installed in...