Category: Saints

SQT: 7 Powerful Prayers for Peace and Protection

1. Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of...

St. Matthew: Apostle and Evangelist

  September 21 is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. St. Matthew was born at Capernaum. He was working as a tax collector when Jesus called him to be one of the twelve apostles. He wrote his gospel in Hebrew. His gospel, with its familiar references to the messianic prophecies, throws light on the continuity between the covenants. Moreover, his vocation is one...

St. Andrew Kim Taegon, St. Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions

September 20 is the memorial of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, priest and martyr, St. Paul Chong, martyr, and companions. During the persecutions of 1839, 1846, 1866, and 1867, one hundred and three Christians in Korea gave their lives as martyrs. The martyrs included clergy, but were, for the most part, members of the laity. They consecrated the rich beginnings of the Church in Korea with...

Our Lady of La Sallette: A Message of Hope

On September 19, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette. On this day, we recall the apparition in which Our Lady appeared to two shepherd children in France. On Saturday, September 19, 1846, the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows at about 3:00 in the afternoon, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on the mountain of La Salette in the French Alps...

St. Januarius: The Miracle of His Blood Liquefaction

September 19th is the feast of St. Januarius, bishop and martyr. He is the patron saint of Naples, where Catholics assemble three times a year in the Naples Cathedral to witness the liquefaction of a small sample of his his blood which is kept in a sealed vial. St. Januarius was born in Naples and served as bishop of Beneventum (just east of Naples). He...

The Marian Option: A Book Review

The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis. by Carrie Gress, PhD is a book that I have long wanted to read. It seems that whenever I turned on EWTN or Catholic radio, Dr. Gress was being interviewed about this book. I typically turned on the program after it had already started and only caught bits and pieces of the conversation, but what...

Saint Joseph of Cupertino: The Flying Friar

September 18 is the feast day of Saint Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663), If you have watched the film “The Reluctant Saint”, you know just how endearing this sweet Franciscan saint was and what strong humility he had. Joseph’s father was a poor carpenter who died prior to his birth. His mother, Francesca Panara, was unable to pay the debts, so the creditors evicted her from...

Novena and Litany to Saint Vincent de Paul

  The novena to Saint Vincent de Paul begins on September 18 and ends on September 26. September 27 is the memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, the 17th century French priest known for his apostolic work among the poor and marginalized. Saint Vincent dePaul was well-known for his compassion, humility, and generosity and is the patron saint of all works of charity. He is also the patron...

Our Lady of Sorrows: The Feast and Devotions

September 15 is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, and her union with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. The title “Our Lady of Sorrows” focuses on the Blessed Mother’s intense suffering during the passion and death of Christ. The title “The Seven Dolors” refers to the seven swords that pierced the Heart of Mary....

Seven Saint Quotes for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14 is the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This Feast is also called the Triumph of the Holy Cross, the Elevation of the Cross, Holy Cross Day, Holy Rood Day, and Roodmas. The Exaltation of the Holy Cross encompasses the fact that “the event of the Cross and Resurrection abides and draws everything toward life” (CCC 1085). Thus, every time we freely carry our...