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Novena to St. Joseph Begins

March 20 is the feast of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church for 2017. St. Joseph’s feast day usually is March 19, but because his feast day falls on a Sunday in Lent this year, it has been transferred to Monday, March 20. The novena to St. Joseph begins on March 11 and ends on March 19. “Saint Joseph gave me everything I asked...

St. Frances of Rome: Wife, Mother, and Mystic

The saint of the day for March 9th is St. Frances of Rome, one of the great mystics of the 15th century. She was born in Rome to a noble family in 1384 and died in Rome on March 9, 1440.  Frances desired to enter the convent, but in obedience to her parents was instead married at age twelve to a young nobleman named Lorenzo de’...

St. John of God, Patron of the Sick and Dying

On March 8, the Church honors St. John of God, Founder of the Order of the Brothers Hospitalers, which bears his name. He is the patron of the sick, the dying, firefighters, and alcoholics. St. John of God was born on March 8, 1495 in a small village in the south of Portugal called Montemor-o-Novo. At the age of eight, he left home and was...

Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Christian martyrs and mothers

On March 7, the Church honors Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, early Christian martyrs and mothers. Perpetua was a convert to Christianity who was born to a noble pagan family. She was martyred along with her maid and friend, Felicity, in Carthage in 203 A.D. The two women were arrested and imprisoned, along with three other Christians. Perpetua was 22-years-old, with a son a few months...

St. Colette: Abbess, Mystic, Reformer

The saint of the day for March 6 is St. Colette, founder of the Poor Clare Colettines. She is the patron saint of expectant mothers and unborn babies, of childless couples who long to conceive, and of sick children. Colette was a miracle baby, born to parents over sixty years of age, who had been praying for a child to Nicholas of Myra. Born at Corbie in...

St. Casimir, patron saint of youth and bachelors

St. Casimir is the patron saint of Poland and Lithuania. He was born on October 3, 1458, the third of thirteen children of King Casimir IV and Elizabeth of Austria, daughter of Albert II of Habsburg. The young prince was trained in spirituality and displayed holiness at an early age. In contrast to the other members of the royal court, he was a shining example...

Ash Wednesday: Beginning the Journey into the Desert

Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Joel 2: 12-13 It’s that time of year again — the time of both internal and external recollection...

Lenten Reading 2017

With Lent upon us, it’s time to consider what you will be reading to help you grow in holiness. Here are my recommendations: 1. Bringing Lent Home with St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle –This is one of my all-time Lenten favorites. You can read my review at the National Catholic Register.   2. How To Be Holy: First...

Blessed Maria Caridad Brader, Foundress

On February 27, the Church commemorates Blessed Maria Caridad Brader (1860-1943), Foundress of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate. She was an unusually intelligent child who had an intense love for Jesus Christ and devotion to Our Lady. Aware of her daughter’s talents and ability, her mother took pains to give her a good education. When all the world lay at her...

St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

The saint of the day for February 21 is St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, who was one of the Church’s greatest reformers in the Middle Ages. Peter was the youngest child born to a large family in Ravenna, Italy in 1007. His parents both died when he was young and he was placed in the care of one of his brothers,...