EWTN Daily Mass Homily on Matt Talbot!

Last Friday I happened to watch the Daily Mass on EWTN. Fr. Joseph Mary had a nice homily on Matt Talbot! He even mentioned that there is a miracle attributed to Matt that is being considered for possible beatification! He also read two prayers written by Matt: Oh most sweet Jesus, mortify within me all …

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Early October feasts

October has a great number of feast days of some really awesome saints. On the 1st was St. Therese of Lisieux, the 2nd was our Guardian Angels, the 4th was St. Francis (with the celebration of his death and passing into eternity, the “Transitus” on the 3rd.) October 5th was the feast of St. Faustina …

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Sister Ignatia of Alcoholics Anonymous

Aleteia has a good article on Sister Ignatia: The Catholic nun behind Alcoholics Anonymous Sr. Ignatia assisted AA co-founder “Dr. Bob” Smith at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, OH in AA’s early years. She was of tremendous help in developing a treatment program for alcoholics, probably the pioneer in such matters. Sr. Ignatia was also …

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St. Michael’s Lent begins today!

Today, August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, is also the beginning of the Franciscan devotion known as “St. Michael’s Lent.” It is a 40-day period of fasting begun by St. Francis of Assisi in the 1220’s similar to the actual Lenten season. It ends September 29th on the feast of St. …

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California Mystic- future saint?

I learned of a new potential saint in the Church, Servant of God Cora Evans. Born into Mormonism in in Utah in 1904, she died a Catholic in California in 1957. Her Cause for Beatification and Canonization was opened in 2012. Her appeal is based upon numerous mystical visions she experienced, including many which revealed …

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Saints Jacinta and Francisco Marto, pray for us!

We have two new saints! Francisco and Jacinta Marto, brother and sister seers of Fatima, were canonized today in Fatima, Portugal by Pope Francis. You can read more about them by clicking on the links in the previous sentence. I awakened extra early this morning to watch the Canonization Mass Live on EWTN. Today marks …

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St. Maximilian Kolbe: martyr, patron of addicts, died 75 years ago today

NOTE: This is an edited version of a post previously published to “Paul Sofranko’s Blog” St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe was executed in the Nazi German concentration camp at Auschwitz seventy-five years ago today for being a Catholic priest. He was a Conventual Franciscan friar and Guardian (leader, administrator) of Niepokalanow, then the world’s largest friary …

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For those addicted to gambling…

…you may have a patron in St. Camillus de Lellis. St. Camillus was born on May 25, 1550, at Bucchianico, which is now in Abruzzo, then part of the Kingdom of Naples. His mother was about 50 when she bore him, and died when he was 12. His father was in the military and seldom …

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Mother Angelica of EWTN dies, Easter Sunday 2016

Mother Angelica, the Poor Clare nun who founded EWTN, died today. She was 92. (Image via EWTN Facebook Page) Mother Angelica was, to say the least, a significant factor in my reversion to the Catholic Church in 2002. It was a process that stretched over several years, but ultimately came to fruition when I was …

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St. Maximilian Kolbe Relic Tour begins in the USA and Canada (UPDATED)

(NOTE: I was so excitipated over the relic tour that I messed up some links in the body of the post. The “St. Maximilian Kobe Post Archives” link should be fine, and I now include links to the news article as well tour schedule.) I learned yesterday that a first-class relic of St. Maximilian Kolbe …

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