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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...

St. Luke: Healer and Herald of Christ’s Merciful Love

By Jean M. Heimann October 18 is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. It is believed that he was born a Greek and a gentile. A physician at Antioch, and a painter, St. Luke became a convert of Saint Paul and afterwards his fellow-evangelizer. Luke was the writer of the Gospel and its “companion volume,” the Acts of the Apostles, and has been identified...

St. Ignatius of Antioch: Bishop and Martyr

By Jean M. Heimann St. Ignatius of Antioch ( c. 50 – c.107), whose feast we celebrate on October 17, was an early Church Father, bishop, and martyr. Tradition tells us that he was a convert and a disciple of the Apostle Saint John. Ignatius was born in Syria during the 1st century and was surnamed Theophorus, which means “the God-Bearer.” When he became the...

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: “Beloved Disciple to the Sacred Heart”

The saint of the day for October 16 is St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647 – 1690). She was selected by God to be a witness to the passionate love He has for each one of us, as symbolized by the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through visions and private revelations, God used her, as His instrument, to spread His love throughout the world. Margaret Mary grew...

The Table by Dennis Lambert: Book Review

Book Summary First century Christianity and present-day musical aspirations meet in the story of a miracle table built by the grandfather of Jesus Christ. The table is placed in the hands of a Centurion named Cornelius following the death of the Messiah. Given the title of table bearer and a mission, Cornelius begins a history of bringing peace to those who encounter the table, a...

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...

Divine Mercy Messenger: St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

October 5 is the feast of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905 – 1938), a Polish nun who was chosen by Jesus to remind the world of the mystery of God’s merciful love, the devotion to Divine Mercy. Helena Kowalska was born in a small village in west-central Poland, the third of 10 children. She worked as a housekeeper in three cities before joining the Congregation...

Ten things you didn’t know about St. Francis of Assisi

by Jean M. Heimann October 4 is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a saint I have admired for many years due to his great humility, love of God and his fellow man, and love of poverty, in imitation of Christ. Here are ten little known facts that I have compiled about St. Francis of Assisi. Francis’s baptismal name was John. His father, a...

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...

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....