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7 Quick Takes: Music, Movies, Books, Saints, and More

1. What I am singing now: We are learning this hymn in choir for Advent and Christmas.   © 2017 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. **ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. FOR PROMOTIONAL USE ONLY. SALE, DUPLICATION OR TRANSFER OF THIS MATERIAL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. 2. What I am watching now: The Star: A Must-See Christmas Movie  The Star is a delightful,...

St. Albert the Great: Doctor of the Church

By Jean M. Heimann Today, November 15, the Church celebrates St. Albert the Great, “the light of Germany”, uniquely named the “Universal Doctor” because of his vast knowledge and writings. He was the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. A Dominican priest and the Bishop of Regensburg, Germany, he was the first of the medieval academics to apply Aristotle’s philosophy to Christian...

St. Lawrence O’Toole: Archbishop and Patron of Dublin

The saint of the day for November 14 is St. Lawrence O’Toole, a Benedictine abbot and archbishop of Dublin. St. Lawrence is the patron saint of the archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland. St. Lawrence O’Toole was born around 1128 in County Kildare, Ireland. His father was the chief of Hy Murray, and his mother one of the Clan O’Byrne. At the age of 10, Lawrence was taken...

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini: Patroness of Immigrants, Orphans

Image: Francesca Cabrini November 13 is the feast of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850 – 1917), commonly known as “Mother Cabrini”, the first American citizen to be canonized a saint. Her profound trust in God and her perseverance gave this courageous woman the strength to answer the call of God and to fulfil her mission in this life. Born in Lombardy, Italy in 1850, (one...

St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor

Image: The Meeting between Leo the Great (painted as a portrait of Leo X) and Attila On November 10, the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor. St. Leo the Great was born in Rome of Italian nobility. As a deacon of the Church, he opposed the heresy of Pelagianism, which taught that grace was not necessary for salvation, but was...

Blessed John Duns Scotus: “Marian Doctor”

The saint of the day for November 8 is Blessed John Duns Scotus, Franciscan priest and theologian of the thirteenth century. Bl. John Duns Scotus was born in Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland, to a wealthy farming family around 1265. At the age of 15, he entered the Novitiate of the Order of Friars Minor and was ordained a priest in 1291, at the church of St....

Seven Quick Takes: November News

1. This fall has been a particularly busy season for me, as I have been writing new book proposals, doing research for new books, participating in radio interviews, and reading and reviewing several new books. Here are some fabulous fall reads I hope you will enjoy as much as I have. 2. November started off with one of my favorite feast days of the year...

Seven Quick Takes: Fall Blessings

1. We have been blessed with beautiful fall weather here and I have been walking outdoors a lot enjoying the beauty of God in nature. Above are photos of the lake, which I view from my walking path. Below that is the path I walked on today.   2. Our neighborhood has the most beautiful trees. Here is a photo I took of one my favorite...

Novena to Saint Martin de Porres begins

On November 3, we celebrate the feast of St Martin de Porres, a Peruvian Dominican Brother whose life of charity and devotion led to his canonization as the first black saint of the Americas. Martin’s kindness and his love of prayer and humility helped him become friends with many people from all social classes, which enabled him to alleviate the sufferings of many. His popularity...

St. Anthony Claret: A Man Filled with the Fire of Charity

Today is the feast of St. Anthony Mary Claret — a favorite saint that my husband introduced me to over twenty years ago when he gave a teaching on this incredible man of God. I don’t think I have ever heard of any saint who was filled with so much zeal for his apostolate. He was a monk and a mystic who exerted an unusual...