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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...

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...

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...

St. Dominic: The Saint of the Holy Rosary

August 8 is a special day for me because not only is it my birthday, but it is the feast day of one of my favorite saints — St. Dominic, a Castilian priest and founder of the Dominican Order. Also, the founder of my Oblate community is a Dominican. Therefore, this is is a special feast day for the members of the Community of St....

Saint Sixtus II and Companions, Martyrs

Saint Lawrence Receiving the Treasures of the Church from Pope Sixtus II August 7 is the optional memorial of Saint Sixtus II and his companions, Felicissimus and Agapitus, deacons. Pope Sixtus II was one of the first victims of the persecution under the Emperor Valerian. Saint Sixtus II was a Greek philosopher and an adult convert to Christianity who became a deacon in Rome. He...

7 Quick Takes: Saints, Feasts, Books, and Prayer

1. August 4th is the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. He is such a special saint and a dear friend to me that one post hardly seems enough to describe the many virtues of this holy man. He was a gentle, charitable, humble, faithful and obedient French country priest. John Vianney was born May 8, 1786 in the...

Saint Peter Julian Eymard: Apostle of the Eucharist

  By Jean M. Heimann Today’s saint is Saint Peter Julian Eymard, who is known as the “Apostle of the Eucharist” for his strong devotion to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and for leading both clergy and laypeople to recognize and rediscover the significance of the Eucharist in their daily lives. He shared with others his own belief that the Eucharist is the chief means of progress...

Praying the Angelus by Jared Dees: A Book Review

  When I first picked up Praying the Angelus, I was not excited about it. I learned the Angelus many years ago as a child and have prayed it occasionally as an adult. The Angelus is a traditional and repetitive prayer that is centuries old. Although I am devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I could not understand why anyone would want to write an...

St. Ignatius of Loyola: Valiant Soldier for Christ

July 31 is the memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest, and founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). St. Ignatius of Loyola (Iñigo) was born in 1491 in the Basque Country of northern Spain to parents of distinguished families in that area. He was the youngest of 13 children and was called was called Iñigo. At the age of 15, he served as...

7 QT: Fatima, Saints, and Prayers

1. Pete Socks at Patheos recently reviewed my book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World:  This year marks the 100th anniversary of Our Lady appearing to three shepherd children in the small town of Fatima Portugal. As such a number of books are being released to mark the occasion. A few of them I will review here. Today we will take a look at...