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  • [Catholic Caucus] Solemn Mass at St. Peter's Basilica for the Feast of the Dedication of Saint Michael the Archangel

    09/29/2021 5:04:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 29, 2021 | New Catholic
    [Catholic Caucus] Solemn Mass at St. Peter's Basilica for the Feast of the Dedication of Saint Michael the Archangel At the Altar of Saint Michael the Archangel - 4 images (click to enlarge):They have tried to kill us -- yet we live! "And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me."(Via Messa in Latino)
  • "The Blood of the Martyr as Fresh as if It Had Been Shed on That Very Day" ~ The discovery of the relics of Saints Nazarius and Celsus by Ambrose of Milan

    07/28/2021 2:38:28 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 2 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | July 28, 2021 | Florentius
    July 28 is the feast day of two fairly obscure martyrs of Milan, Saints Nazarius and Celsus. According to the Golden Legend compiled much later, Nazarius was a missionary and possibly a presbyter, baptized by the hand of St. Linus in Rome. During his travels in Gaul, Nazarius met the mother of Celsus, a young boy of perhaps ten years of age. The mother asked Nazarius to baptize the boy and take him with him on his journeys of conversion. Both Nazarius and Celsus were martyred, the legend says, during the reign of Nero, having been beheaded in Milan. Generally,...
  • The enigmatic Saint Vitalis and his magnificent shrine in Ravenna

    04/28/2021 12:17:48 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 20 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | April 28, 2021 | Florentius
    April 28 is the feast day of Saint Vitalis, an ancient Roman martyr about whom very little is known. The summary of his life from Butler's Lives of the Saints contains much of what is known and can reasonably be speculated about Saint Vitalis: Saint Vitalis is honored as the principal patron of the city of Ravenna, in which he glorified God by martyrdom in the persecution of Nero. He was a citizen of Milan, and is said in his acts to have been the father of SS. Gervasius and Protasius. The divine providence conducted him to Ravenna, where he...
  • Saint Josephine Bakhita and Benedict XVI's Spe Salvi

    02/08/2021 8:10:18 AM PST · by Antoninus · 2 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | February 8, 2021 | Florentius
    February 8 is the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in 2000. Her perilous and inspiring journey from slavery to sainthood is fairly well-known as it has been the subject of several books and movies. A summary of her biography may also be found in Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical Spe Salvi from 2007. Pope Benedict wrote: The example of a saint of our time can to some degree help us understand what it means to have a real encounter with this God for the first time. I am thinking of the African Josephine Bakhita,...
  • July 1 Feast day of Saint Junipero Serra

    07/01/2020 10:11:28 AM PDT · by AZJeep · 3 replies
    CNA Catholic news agency ^ | June 20 | CNA Staff
    Remember. July 1 is the feast of Saint Junipero Serra, patron saint of Hispanics Americans and the State of California. Congratulations for all American Hispanics and Californians! Saint junipero Serra founded many California missions which became seeds of great California Cities like San Francisco and San Diego. Attacks on Saint Junipero Serra statues are attacks on California and all US Hispanics!
  • “True and Living Friendship Can Not Thrive Amid Sin” ~ Saint Francis de Sales and the crisis of post-Christian friendship

    01/29/2020 10:19:24 AM PST · by Antoninus · 17 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | January 29, 2020 | Florentius
    A lamentable feature of modern post-Christian life in the West is the inability of many people to form strong, lasting friendships. This observation has popped up with increasing frequency in the secular media, particularly as it relates to the Millennial generation. A recent poll that made the rounds last year indicated that 22% of Millennials who responded said that they had no friends at all, 27% said that they had no close friends, and 30% said that they had no best friends. The article accompanying the poll suggests that social media usage has been a major driver of this phenomenon....
  • Saint Maurus Walks on Water ~ As told by Pope Saint Gregory the Great

    01/15/2020 11:31:27 AM PST · by Antoninus · 26 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | January 15, 2020 | Florentius
    In about AD 530, when Italy was ruled by the unstable successors of the Ostrogothic king Theodoric immediately prior to the Byzantine re-conquest, many noblemen of Rome entrusted their young sons to Benedictus, a holy monk who lived in the mountains of nearby Subiaco. One such boy was Maurus who is identified by Saint Gregory the Great as the son of a noble named Evitius. Another was Placidus, who was brought by Tertullius, a senator. These two were among earliest disciples of a man who would be known to history of St. Benedict of Nursia. Writing about 60 years after...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fatima and the Immaculate Conception

    12/08/2019 3:57:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | December 8, 2019 | David Rodriguez
    [Catholic Caucus] Fatima and the Immaculate Conception May God grant you a joyful and blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception! Although the Church’s faith in the Immaculate Conception is of apostolic origin, the dogma was explicitly defined with infallible petrine authority (ex cathedra) on December 8, 1854. In his apostolic constitution, Ineffabilis Deus, Pius IX teaches: “We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of Her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of...
  • "Stand back! A man defiled by sin is not worthy to enter within these sacred precincts." ~St. Ambrose

    12/07/2019 6:16:20 PM PST · by Antoninus · 11 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | December 07, 2018 | Florentius
    December 7 is the feast day of Aurelius Ambrosius, known to history as Saint Ambrose of Milan. He was born in Trier to a wealthy Roman family—his father, also named Ambrose, was Praetorian Prefect of Gaul according to Ambrose's ancient biographer, Paulinus of Milan. Paulinus relates a miracle associated with Ambrose's youth that seemed to presage a great future for the child: When he, as an infant placed in a cradle within the courtyard of the governor's residence, was sleeping with open mouth, suddenly a swarm of bees came and covered his face and lips in such a way that...
  • Saint Francis Xavier, Destroyer of Pagan Idols

    12/03/2019 1:30:55 PM PST · by Antoninus · 25 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | December 3, 2019 | Florentius
    On this feast day of Saint Francis Xavier, let us recall in particular his missionary zeal. In our own age, we too often hear that the Gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be adapted to appeal to the modern world. We are told that traditional Christian practices are out of step with reality, and that Christian morality practiced for millennia now impose an impossible burden upon both sophisticated city-dwellers and the simple painted people of the jungle alike. Saint Francis Xavier, perhaps the greatest Jesuit missionary of them all, had no such qualms. He preached the authentic Gospel of Jesus...
  • "I myself saw her incorrupt" ~ November 22, feast of St. Cecilia

    11/22/2019 8:40:37 PM PST · by Antoninus · 5 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | November 22, 2019 | Florentius
    November 22 is the feast day of one of the most ancient female martyrs of the Church – Saint Cecilia of Rome. Unlike many of the other early martyrs I have mentioned in this blog (eg. here, here, here, and here), Saint Cecilia’s Acts are considered by ecclesiastical scholars to be unreliable, having been composed two to three hundred years after her death. That said, there does seem to be broad agreement on some of the basic facts: 1.) There was a Christian martyr named Cecilia. 2.) She was martyred in Rome. 3.) She was buried in the catacombs of...
  • "For even though her God-bearing body tasted death, it did not undergo corruption"

    08/15/2019 1:16:53 PM PDT · by Antoninus · 324 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | August 15, 2017 | Florentius
    August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, the mother of Jesus, into Heaven, body and soul. Though the Assumption was dogmatically defined in 1950 by Venerable Pope Pius XII in his apostolic constitution, Munificentissimus Deus, the traditional belief in the Assumption of Mary goes back to the earliest days of the Church. Originally, the feast was called the "Dormition" or falling asleep of Mary, and is still referred to as such by our Eastern Orthodox brethren. Here are some passages from ancient sources that indicate that this belief existed from antiquity and was widespread. The first is...
  • The 16,000 Martyrs of Persia during the Reign of Shapur II, 4th century AD

    04/22/2019 8:30:23 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 11 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | April 22, 2019 | Florentius
    With Constantine's turn toward Christianity in AD 312, the systematic persecution of Christians within the Roman Empire came to an end. However, at the same time Christianity was enjoying increasing imperial favor in the Roman world, a great persecution erupted in the neighboring kingdom of Persia, starting about the year AD 339. Constantine himself had written a letterto the Persian king, Sapor II, lauding the Christian religion to his fellow ruler and asking him to protect the Christians among his subjects. But some within the Persian court—and eventually Sapor himself—came to view the dramatic rise of Christianity as a dire...
  • Vintage-Style Procession Photo a Snapshot of Renewal in Detroit, Priest Says

    03/28/2019 6:43:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/26/19 | Mary Rezac/CNA
    Photos of the traditional religious procession in Detroit were widely shared on social media Maybe it was the classic sunglasses, the skinny jeans or the flocculent mustache. Maybe it was the vintage-style religious art, the men in embellished uniforms, or what looks like incense rising from the streets. Whatever it was, a photo of a religious procession with a circa-1940’s aesthetic recently fascinated Catholics, who shared it on social media and other places around the internet. Except the photo of a St. Joseph’s procession on the streets of Detroit wasn’t taken in 1945. It was taken last week. “I guess...
  • The Feast of the Forty Martyrs

    03/10/2015 3:18:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | March 10, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    The Forty Martyrs were a group of soldiers from the Roman Twelfth Legion, who died for the Faith at Sebaste in Armenia in the year 320. This is seven years after the Edict of Milan and the Peace of the Church under Constantine, whose brother-in-law Licinius at that point ruled in the East, and after a period of tolerance, renewed the persecution of Christians. When the Forty had been called to renounce the Faith and refused, they were sentenced first to various tortures, and then condemned to die a particularly horrible death, stripped naked and left on the ice...
  • Happy Festum Asinorum!

    01/14/2012 8:04:29 AM PST · by DogwoodSouth · 21 replies
    Today on the medieval Church calendar was the Feast of the Ass...
  • I Love that Woman! My Unworthy Reflections on The Immaculate Conception [Catholic Caucus]

    12/08/2009 6:20:24 AM PST · by mlizzy · 9 replies · 343+ views
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 12-08-06 | Tom O'Toole
    Today's feast day is more than Pope Pius IX's 1854 infallible proclamation, as important as that Dogma was and is. Today's feast day, which issues not only from the Papal Bull Ineffabilis Deus but its echo at the Grotto in Lourdes four years later, demonstrates that the Virgin Mary, with all Her wonderful titles, wants to be known by that name. And the reason is not so much that she was conceived without sin, but that through her humility before God She continued without sin until the day She was assumed into Heaven. It is for this reason Her prayer...
  • I Love that Woman! My Unworthy Reflections on The Immaculate Conception

    12/08/2008 6:45:30 AM PST · by mlizzy · 36 replies · 965+ views
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 12-08-06 | Tom O'Toole
    Today's feast day is more than Pope Pius IX's 1854 infallible proclamation, as important as that Dogma was and is. Today's feast day, which issues not only from the Papal Bull Ineffabilis Deus but its echo at the Grotto in Lourdes four years later, demonstrates that the Virgin Mary, with all Her wonderful titles, wants to be known by that name. And the reason is not so much that she was conceived without sin, but that through her humility before God She continued without sin until the day She was assumed into Heaven. It is for this reason Her...
  • Traditional Feast Day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary

    11/19/2006 4:59:46 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies · 1,255+ views
    The Charity of St. Elizabeth of Hungary by Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922)(taken from St. Elizabeth of Hungary) An account on the life of St. Elizabeth of Hungary by Conrad of Marburg (her spiritual director) (from Patron Saints Index) Elizabeth was a lifelong friend of the poor and gave herself entirely to relieving the hungry. She ordered that one of her castle should be converted into a hospital in which she gathered many of the weak and feeble. She generously gave alms to all who were in need, not only in that place but in all the territories of her...
  • Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite the Bishop of Athens (Feast Day)

    10/16/2006 12:56:36 PM PDT · by kawaii · 4 replies · 574+ views
    OCA.ORG ^ | 10/16/06
    Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite the Bishop of Athens The Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite, Bishop of Athens St Dionysius lived originally in the city of Athens. He was raised there and received a classical Greek education. He then went to Egypt, where he studied astronomy at the city of Heliopolis. It was in Heliopolis, along with his friend Apollophonos where he witnessed the solar eclipse that occurred at the moment of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ by Crucifixion. "Either the Creator of all the world now suffers, or this visible world is coming to an end," Dionysius said. Upon...