Tagged: Catholic prayer

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...

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...

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Your birth, O Blessed Virgin Mary, fills the whole world with a sweet consolation and a holy joy, because of you was born our Jesus, our God, who has taken away from us the curse in which we were plunged by the sin of our first parents, and filled us with all kinds of blessings.” ~ St. John Vianney History of this feast day The...

Saint Jeanne Jugan: Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor

The saint of the day for August 30 is Saint Jeanne Jugan (1792 – 1879), also known as Sister Mary of the Cross. During the 19th century, she founded the Little Sisters of the Poor with the goal of imitating Christ’s humility through service to elderly people in need. Born on Oct. 25, 1792 in a port city of the French region of Brittany, Jeanne...

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr

August 24 is the feast of Saint Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles who is mentioned only a few times in the Synoptic Gospels. While Matthew, Mark, and Luke all include Bartholomew as an apostle, John’s gospel does not mention him, but refers to a Nathaniel, whom ancient writers and Catholic tradition have identified as Bartholomew. The name (Bartholomaios) means “son of Talmai”, which was...

7 Quick Takes: Celebrations, Saints, Giveaway

  1. This evening, my husband and I joined our community (the Community of St. John) to listen to Fr. Joseph Mary, the Prior of St. Joseph’s in Princeville, IL, speak on The Future of Catholicism. This was our last chance to see him as Prior, as he goes on sabbatical for one year.  Afterwards, he will be re-assigned. Fr. Joseph Mary was there when...

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...

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...

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...

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...