Novena to St. Patrick O great apostle of Ireland, glorious Saint Patrick, to whom under God so many are indebted to the most precious of all treasures, the great gift of faith, receive our fervent thanks for the zeal and charity that have been to thousands the source of blessings so invaluable. Tell Youtube to take down The Little Hours which attacks the purity of nuns Ask for all who dwell in this land and the land of their labours not only the precious light of Faith, and f
Francisco and Jacinta Marto are the youngest non-martyred children ever to be beatified. They were raised to the honour of the altars not simply because they saw Our Lady but also because they generously heeded her call to prayer, penance, and reparation. They are, thus, the first fruits of the Message of Fatima. This is the lesson that all of us, both young and old, should learn from the beatification of the two seers. “With our Apostolic authority, we grant that, from this
Irish Society for Christian Civilisation was privileged to be invited to participate in the annual parade to celebrate the life and virtues of St. Oliver Plunkett, bishop and martyr. The parade took place in Drogheda on Sunday, 1st July. Led by the Apostolic Nuncio and including the Knights of St. Columbanus, the Organisation of National Ex-servicemen, the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and a large number of priests and laity, the procession assembled at the Holy Family Church
On August 4, 1903 Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto was elevated to the Chair of Saint Peter and took the name Pius X. Twenty days later William and Mary Organ welcomed their fourth child into the world at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Ireland. They named her Ellen but she would eventually be known throughout the world simply as “Little Nellie.” While occupying completely opposite stations in life—he the head of the universal Church, she a simple Irish girl—their lives were mysteri
The loyalty of the Irish people to the Faith and to the Holy See is the great monument to St. Patrick, their national Apostle. He was sent by Pope Celestine I and his labours in Ireland were accompanied and made fruitful by his extraordinary gifts of prayer and penance. In later years Ireland was known as the Island of Saints and Scholars. Early life Born in Kilpatrick, Scotland, Patrick’s parents were Calphurnius and Conchessa, the former from a high-ranking Roman family, ho
St. Enda (Eanda) Abbot of Aran and Confessor Feast Day March 21st St. Enda may have been a disciple of St. Ninian and founded the first Irish Monastery on Aran, the capital of the Ireland of the Saints, it had a great influence on the Irish Church and, according to St. Aengus “it will never be known until the day of judgement the number of saints whose bodies lie in the soil of Aran.” St. Enda is known as one of the fathers of Irish Monasticism. Today in the Traditional Lati
To have an idea of what Saint Joseph—the Patron of the Church—was like, we must consider two prodigious facts: he was the foster father of the Child Jesus and he was the spouse of Our Lady. The husband must be proportional to the wife. Now who is Our Lady? She is by far the most perfect of all creatures, the masterpiece of the Most High. In her is the sum total of all the virtues of the angels, of all the saints, and of all men until the end of time. Even when we consider her
St. Euphrasia Virgin Feast Day March 13th Thou have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy follows. My heart had uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Euphrasia’s father, Antigonus, was a kinsman of the Emperor Theodosius I, and her mother, also named Euphrasia, was of an equally exalted station.
Both parents were as virtuous as they were socially privileged and wealthy. When Antigonus die
St. John Ogilvie Priest, Confessor & Martyr Feast Day March 10th The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in Him: and all the upright in heart shall be praised. Son of a Scottish laird, John Ogilvie was brought up in a Calvinist family. Sent to France to be educated, he ultimately converted to Catholicism. Becoming acquainted with the Jesuit Order, he requested admission, was accepted, and was ordained in 1610 in Paris. After meeting two Jesuits who had undertaken c
SAINT JOHN OF GOD Confessor Feast Day March 8th Blessed is the man that is found without blemish, and that hath not gone after gold, nor put his trust in money nor in treasures. John of God was born of pious parents in 1495 in Montemoro Novo in northern Portugal. Obscure circumstances led to him being absconded from his parents into Spain at the age of nine to be raised by a farmer.
Pleased with his pious character and diligence the farmer insisted that John marry his daugh
Ss Perpetua & Felicity Martyrs Feast Day March 7th Perpetua and Felicity young mothers were two noble matrons who suffered martyrdom in Carthage in 202A.D. They were condemned with a number of Christian slaves to the wild beasts and died finally by the sword. “‘Do you see this vessel, water pot, or whatever it may be? Can it be called by any other name than what it is? ‘No’, he replied. So also I cannot call myself by any other name than what I am – a Christian.” In the ancie
“Let us faithfully transmit to posterity the example of virtue which we have received from our forefathers.” The Doctors of the Church are saints who are honoured with this title because of their great learning in setting forth the Christian teaching and in defending it against heretics and the spirit of the age. The Church recognises the special graces and Divine lights they receive and honour them with the title Doctor of the Church. St. Peter Damian was one such person who
Early Life Saint Claude was a Missionary and ascetical writer, born of noble parentage at Saint-Symphorien-d’Ozon, between Lyons and Vienne, in 1641; died at Paray-le-Monial, 15 February, 1682. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1659. On February 2, 1675, in Lyons, France, following a thirty-day retreat, Saint Claude made his solemn vows, as a means of attaining the utmost possible perfection, to observe faithfully the rule and constitutions of his order under penalty of sin.
Today more than ever people are looking for someone to love them because it is “Valentine’s day” or because they feel depressed, unwanted and unloved. The secular and marketing world has perverted the Love of the Martyr Valentine to sell cards, flowers etc. St Valentine loved God. He gave his life for Love of God and neighbour. This love drove this Priest and Martyr onwards to preach, teach and to serve the people of God so as to save their souls from death. He loved them an
Our young saint lived in tumultuous times. The socialist government of Mexico was waging a bloody war against the Catholic Church, and fervent Catholics known as the Cristeros rose up to defend Christ the King. Their heroic resistance, La Cristiada, began in 1926. Background
The Mexican constitution of 1917—socialist at its core—sparked this terrible conflict. It put the Church under the strict control of the State: it regulated Catholic preaching, allotted a fixed number of
The Catholic calendar reads: Saint Michael, Prince of the Heavenly Host fought the rebel angels in the heavenly battle. He continues to lead the battle to free us from the devil. Our guardian angels depend on him. He is the custodian angel of the Church and the one who presents the Eucharistic Oblation to the Eternal Father. We are in the novena of Our Lady of the Rosary and in the novena of Our Lady Mediatrix of All Graces.
I call your attention to the fact that Saint Micha
This is a photo of the great Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesian Congregation. Note his eminently priestly expression, but that of a man of the people. No one would imagine that he was born from a high social class. He is a peasant who became a priest, and that was a glory to him. There is something truly majestic in him. What does that majesty consist of? Let us consider his face: his somewhat rough hair has a lock that falls a bit over one eye and a divider that gives
Saint Francis of Sales, the bishop of Geneva, while on a journey during Lent, went to a church that was attached to the monastery of Capuchin friars. He arrived at sermon time; the preacher had taken ostentation in dress as his sermon’s theme and was inveighing vehemently against prelates and ecclesiastical dignitaries who, instead of setting an example of humility, wore splendid garments. When the sermon ended, the bishop went into the sacristy and summoned the preacher. Onc