Category: Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Anne Novena begins today

Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the Saint Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17th; however, you can pray it anytime. St. Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the grandmother of Jesus, and the wife of Joachim. She is mentioned in the Apocrypha, chiefly the Protoevangelium of James, which dates...

Seven Quick Takes: Saints, Apparitions, and Miracles

1. The saint of the day for July 14 is a special young woman whom I have admired for some time —  St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint. Known as the “Lily of the Mohawks” and the “Geneviève of New France,” Kateri was born near the town of Auriesville, New York, in the year 1656, the daughter of a Mohawk chief and an...

July 13: The Third Apparition of Fatima

July 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the third apparition at Fatima in 1917. This apparition at Fatima is considered one of the most important apparitions because it was then that Our Lady disclosed the essential meaning of her Fatima message. It was at this time that she imparted many grave warnings, but also instilled hope that her Immaculate Heart would triumph. It was also...

7QT: Summer Saints and Novenas

1. The Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins on July 7 and ends on July 15. You can find all the novena prayers here on Catholic Fire.   2. The Novena to St. Anne is the second July novena. Saint Anne’s feast day is on July 26th, so the St. Anne Novena is traditionally started on July 17 and ends on July 25; however, you...

Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

On June 27, the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I have had a long-time devotion to Our Blessed Mother under many titles, but began praying to Our Lady of Perpetual Help early in my childhood and continue to pray for her intercession daily. The Icon The icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is perhaps the oldest actual icon of...

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of teenagers

The saint of the day for June 21 is St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian Jesuit priest, the patron saint of teenagers. He is also the patron of AIDS care-givers and AIDS patients, and relief from sore eyes. The 16th century was very similar to the 21st century.  The times were lax, morally careless, self-indulgent. Aloysius saw the decadence around him and was determined not to be part...

7 QT: Seven Sizzling Books for Summer

Here are seven inspiring and uplifting reads for summer: 1. The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl – This is an intriguing, award-winning novel that I was unable to put down. It is a Catholic romance story that is filled with action and suspense. It is an inspiring story of redemption and transformation. You will absolutely love it! Genre: Young Adult,  religious fiction, Christian, sports and...

My recent interview with “The Miracle Hunter”

Michael O’Neill, “The Miracle Hunter” had me as a guest on his radio show to talk about Our Lady of Fatima and my new book: Fatima: The Apparition That Changed The World. In case you might have missed my chat with “The Miracle Hunter” you can listen in here at your leisure. You can move the time marker to the 7:44 mark to hear our conversation. I...

St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

Saint Anthony of Padua with the Infant Christ by Guercino, 1656, Bologna, Italy    By Jean M. Heimann June 13 is the feast of one of my favorite saints — St. Anthony of Padua. He is a Doctor of the Church, a Franciscan priest known as the “Hammer of the Heretics”, the “Wonder-Worker”, and the “Living Ark of the Covenant.” Countless conversions, miraculous healings, and...

St. Norbert: Patron Saint of Peace

June 6 is the memorial of St. Norbert, a convert, priest, preacher, and reformer of the Church in the 12th century. He is the founder of the Praemonstratensians or the Norbertines and the patron saint of peace. Norbert was born around the year 1080 in Xanten, a town near the Holland-German border. He was the son of nobility. Through the influence of his family he...