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St. Paul of the Cross: Founder of the Passionists

Today, October 20, is the feast of St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775), Italian priest, mystic, and founder of the Passionist Congregation. Paul was born in Ovada, in northern Italy as Paolo Francesco Danei, the second oldest of sixteen children, eleven of whom died in infancy. His father was from a noble family that had been reduced to poverty over the years. His parents were...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On September 12, the Church celebrates the memorial of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary to teach us how useful and advantageous it is for us to invoke her holy name in our needs. The name Mary by which we honor the Most Blessed Virgin means “Star of the Sea”. It is, says Saint Bernard, very well given to her, because she...

Powerful Prayers to Pray for Patriot Day

Today is Patriot Day, the 16th anniversary of 9-11, when al-Qaida terrorists attacked the U.S., hijacking passenger airplanes and flying them into each of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth plane went down in a Pennsylvania field after passengers attempted to regain control. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist...