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Congregation for the Clergy on St. Joseph, the Patron of a Happy Death

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There is another aspect of devotion to St Joseph that is often overlooked nowadays.  He is the patron of a happy death.  ... continue reading

Perpetua and Felicity: Empowered by The Holy Spirit for Martyrdom Watch

Image of Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Perpetua and Felicity were given a share in actions proper only to God, and thus were enabled to freely offer their life for the love of the Son of God.

Fortitude enables one "to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and ... continue reading

Pope Benedict XVI at the Helm: The Prophetic Vision of St Don Bosco Watch

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The heroic leadership of this Pope may well represent one more fulfillment of the prophetic vision of the Saint whose Feast we ... continue reading

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: Uncompromising Widow, Mother and Catholic Watch

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"If I am right Thy grace impart still in the right to stay. If I am wrong Oh, teach my heart to find the better way" -- the prayer of ... continue reading

The North American Martyrs: Our Founding Fathers in Faith Watch

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They set out into lands where a violent, gruesome death was constantly before them.  We set out into an increasingly ... continue reading

Ave Maria: Growing into Total Consecration to Mary Watch

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In the end, like so many of my devout Catholic brothers and sisters, I found that St. Maximilian Kolbe was right when he exhorted us, ... continue reading

'All of Rome became Christian': Deacon Lawrence, Model for New Missionary Age Watch

Image of Sentenced to death in the Emperor Valerian's sweeping condemnation of all Christian clergy, Lawrence offended the Emperor and endeared himself to all Christians

Roman authorities charged Christians of that era with "odium humani generis" [hatred of the human race]. The Romans claimed to be citizens ... continue reading

Fr. Paul Schenck: A Jewish, former Anglican Minister, Catholic Priest on St. Theresa Benedicta Watch

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Saint Theresa Benedicta of the Cross was the quintessential example of penetrating intellect, social concern and personal piety. ... continue reading

My Pilgrimage to Ars and Devotion to Saint Jean Vianney - the Curé d'Ars Watch

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When I was reading about the Curé d'Ars spending hours in that cramped and stiffly hot confessional, I wanted to bring him a little pillow ... continue reading

Reflection: Feast of Saints Ann and Joachim, First Holy Family of Nazareth Watch

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Catholics, for the most part, are probably pretty familiar with the Feast of the Holy Family that is celebrated on the Sunday after ... continue reading

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