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Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko: Priest and Martyr

Image: Father Jerzy Popiełuszko Today is the feast of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko (1947 – 1984), a young Polish priest who celebrated a regular “Mass for the Homeland” in which he spoke openly and honestly about the evils of Communism—the mistreatment of workers, the random arrests, the savagery of the police, and the hunger and hardship so many families experienced on a daily basis. Fr. Jerzy...

Our Lady of the Pillar: Mother Mary’s First Apparition

October 12 is the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar — the Blessed Virgin Mary’s first apparition in history. The Blessed Mother appeared to Saint James the Apostle, the brother of Saint John the Evangelist, on the bank of the river Ebro in Saragossa, Spain. Unlike every other recorded apparition, this one took place during the earthly life of the Mother of God. Our...

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...

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...

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...

Saints Cosmas and Damian, Physicians and Martyrs

Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian Dressing a Chest Wound by Antoine de Favray Photo Credit: Welcome Library September 26 is the optional memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian. Cosmas and Damian were twin bothers born in Syria in the third century. They were also doctors, and they became known as “the holy money-less ones” because they cared for the sick free of charge. The strange...

Novena to St. Francis of Assisi begins

October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi,  “the little beggar”, who is perhaps the most popular saint in history. Francis begged for his food, wore old clothes, and preached peace. He began to attract followers, and in 1209 with the papal blessing he founded the Friars Minor (Franciscans). Then in 1212 with St. Clare of Assisi he founded the foundation of the Order...

St. Vincent Strambi: Advocate for Religious Liberty

The saint of the day for September 25 is St. Vincent Strambi, Passionist priest and bishop. Vincent Strambi was born in Civitavecchia, the port city of Rome on January 1, 1745, the only child of the pharmacist Giuseppe Strambi and his wife Eleonora who survived infancy. He was a happy and athletic child who manifested a strong interest in spirituality. When he was fifteen, he...