Tagged: Jesus

Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

On June 27, the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I have had a long-time devotion to Our Blessed Mother under many titles, but began praying to Our Lady of Perpetual Help early in my childhood and continue to pray for her intercession daily. The Icon The icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is perhaps the oldest actual icon of...

Inspiration for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus falls 19 days after Pentecost, which is seven weeks after Easter. We celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 23 this year. On this day, we focus our eyes on Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist and reflect on God’s unconditional love and boundless mercy as symbolized by His Heart. “In the...

St. Romuald, abbot and founder

Today is the optional memorial of Saint Romuald, abbot and founder of the Camaldolese Benedictines –one of the Italian branches of the Benedictines. He was born around 950 in Ravenna, Italy of a noble family and died on June 19, 1027 in Val-di-Castro, Italy. Horrified, after his father killed a relative in a duel, at which he was forced to be present, Romuald retired to...

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus begins

The month of June is singled out for devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The novena to the Sacred Heart begins on June 14 and ends on Thursday, June 22, the eve of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which takes place on June 23 this year. Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus I. O my Jesus, you have said:...

St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

Saint Anthony of Padua with the Infant Christ by Guercino, 1656, Bologna, Italy    By Jean M. Heimann June 13 is the feast of one of my favorite saints — St. Anthony of Padua. He is a Doctor of the Church, a Franciscan priest known as the “Hammer of the Heretics”, the “Wonder-Worker”, and the “Living Ark of the Covenant.” Countless conversions, miraculous healings, and...

Beautiful Prayers for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day...

St. Rita of Cascia: Patroness of the Impossible

  The saint of the day for May 22 is St. Rita of Cascia, religious, patroness of impossible, desperate causes and situations. She is also the patron saint of abuse victims, difficult marriages, infertility, parenthood, sterility, and widows. St. Rita was born at Rocca Porena, Italy, in 1386 to Antonio and Amata Lotti, who were quite advanced in years. Rita’s birth was an answer to...

Paschal Baylon: “Saint of the Holy Eucharist”

The saint of the day for May 17th is St. Paschal Baylon (May 24, 1540 – May 15, 1592), a lay brother and Spanish mystic. Born in a small village in between Castille and Aragon in Spain, on Pentecost in 1540, he was christened Pascua (meaning “the pasch of the Holy Ghost”) in honor of the feast. As a young man, until he was twenty-four...

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima — 100th Anniversary

Today, May 13, 2017, is the 100th anniversary of the Feast of the Fatima apparitions, in which Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children – Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia — in Fatima, Portugal six times from May 13, 2017 – October 13, 2017 to ask for prayer and repentance to obtain world peace and the conversion of sinners. The story of Fatima begins in 1916....

St. Ignatius of Laconi: Man of Charity and Humility

  The saint of the day for May 11th is St. Ignatius of Laconi, a Capuchin Friar. Born on December 18, 1701 the second of seven children, to a poor Italian farming family, he received the name Francis Ignatius Vincent after St. Francis of Assisi, who had interceded for his safe delivery at birth. In turn, his mother promised the saint that she would name her...