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Saint Denis and Companions, Martyrs

Image: Martyrdom of St Denis Today is the optional memorial of Saint Denis (bishop) and companions, martyrs. He is the patron against frenzy, strife, headaches, and diabolical possession. He is also the first patron of Paris, France. Saint Denis was born in Italy. In 250 he was sent to France with two other missionaries by Pope Fabian. Denis became the first bishop of Paris. Tradition tells...

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam. Lepanto, perhaps...

Review of Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for Souls

Book Review Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for Souls by Brian Kennelly and Rick Rotundi is the story of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and her battle for souls with Lucifer, the fallen angel. “Mary was the woman whom God dreamed of before the world was made” (Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen). From all eternity, God planned that the Incarnation would happen...

Queen of Heaven series airs on EWTN

Beginning Friday, Oct. 6 through Friday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 PM Eastern, QUEEN OF HEAVEN will air on EWTN. The series can be viewed on EWTN (check your local listings for the channel) or via Live Streaming on the EWTN website. Queen of Heaven is an approximately 4 hour documentary-style program on Mary hosted by acclaimed Catholic actor Leonardo Defilippis and filmed in multiple locations...

Divine Mercy Messenger: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

October 5 is the feast of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905 – 1938), a Polish nun who was chosen by Jesus to remind the world of the mystery of God’s merciful love, the devotion to Divine Mercy. Helena Kowalska was born in a small village in west-central Poland, the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation...

Ten things you didn’t know about St. Francis of Assisi

by Jean M. Heimann October 4 is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a saint I have admired for many years due to his great humility, love of God and his fellow man, and love of poverty, in imitation of Christ. Here are ten little known facts that I have compiled about St. Francis of Assisi. Francis’s baptismal name was John. His father, a...

St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners

The “Purgatory Lady” Susan Tassone is well-known for her poignant writings on praying for the poor souls. Now, she has written a book on conversion, inspired by the spiritual wisdom and sanctity of Saint Faustina. In the St. Faustina Prayer Book for the Conversion of Sinners, Tassone shares the secrets of holiness revealed by Saint Faustina to draw us into a deeper conversion and to...

Who was St. Francis of Assisi?

Image: Scenes from the Life of St Francis (Scene 7) | Benozzo Gozzoli October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, “the little beggar”, who is perhaps the most popular saint in history. Who was this great saint? Francis Bernardone was born in 1182 in Assisi, Italy. His baptismal name was John, but his father renamed him Franceso, in honor of his love...

Five Ways to Develop a Relationship with Your Guardian Angel

October 2 is the feast of the guardian angels.  Since the 17th century, the Universal Church has celebrated a feast honoring them in October. Angels are servants or messengers from God. Angels are spiritual creatures appointed by God to complete certain duties. God has given his guardian angels the responsibility of watching over us and protecting us. The duty of the guardian angel is to...

The Archangels: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Today is the feast of the Archangels: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. These three Archangels are the only angels named in Sacred Scripture and all three have important roles in the history of salvation. Michael Michael’s name means “Who is like God?” St. Michael’s name is mentioned four times in the Bible: twice in Daniel and once in both the Book of Revelation and the...