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Jerome and me

posted by jmcgee

Today marks the feast of St. Jerome– a prolific writer, scholar, and friend of lions (he reputedly helped one by removing a thorn from its paw). He’s also someone close to my own heart. In his youth, my father was […]

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Sticky problem: atheists slam Mother Teresa stamp

posted by jmcgee

As one might expect, they’re not crazy about the Virgin Mary, or Father Flanagan, either: The Freedom from Religion Foundation is urging its supporters to boycott the stamp — and also to engage in a letter-writing campaign to spread the […]

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Here’s a pope quiz: how many are saints?

posted by jmcgee

Not as many as you may think — and David Gibson raises a few interesting issues in his New York Times piece: When Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree last month that nudged nearer to sainthood his controversial wartime predecessor, […]

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Man’s best friend

posted by jmcgee

As St. Theresa reminds us, in this excerpt from the Office of Readings for today, it’s Christ: What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon […]

Candidate for sainthood is also a candidate for medal of honor

posted by jmcgee

And he could become one of just a handful of chaplains to win the medal:   A Kansas priest already under consideration for sainthood has won the endorsement of the Army’s top civilian leader to receive the Medal of Honor. The […]

A Latter-day St. Damien?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

From our Utah Desk…a curious news report out of Salt Lake City indicates that one of the men canonized a saint this past weekend has also been embraced by the Mormons.  And that’s not all: Father Damien, the Roman Catholic […]

St. Columbus?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

These days, with efforts underway to elevate to sainthood contemporary figures like John Paul, Fulton Sheen and Mother Teresa, we tend to forget that a little more than a century ago, there was a great effort to canonize Christopher Columbus. […]

“It is just a miracle”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

With a tapestry of the new saint fluttering outside St. Peter’s Basilica, thousands crowded inside the church to watch Hawaii’s most beloved citizen become a saint:  Pope Benedict XVI elevated Father Damien of Moloka’i to sainthood today, 120 years after […]

New York Times editorial on Fr. Damien: “Those with leprosy are longing for more”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Here’s something you don’t see every day — a New York Times editorial about a Catholic saint: Damien de Veuster was a young missionary from the 19th-century Belgian countryside when he went to work at the leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa, […]

Quote of the day

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“Go and find him when your patience and strength run out and you feel alone and helpless. Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. Say to him, ‘Jesus, you know exactly what is going on. You are all I […]

From Maui, a big “Aloha” for Fr. Damien

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The Church will get a new saint later this week — one with a unique American connection — and visitors are already en route to Rome for the main event.  From the Maui News:  Dozens of Maui Catholics have begun […]

“Love is everlasting”: St. Theresa and a heart aflame

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Like most of us, I have people in my life that I have a hard time loving.  So this morning’s entry for the Office of Readings, for the memorial of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (or Therese of Lisieux, […]

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Meet Montana's married priest
Earlier this week, I posted an item about Montana getting its first married priest. Now a local TV station has hopped on the bandwagon. Take a look, below. ...

posted 10:29:55pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Big day in the Big Easy: 10 new deacons
Deacon Mike Talbot has the scoop: 10 men today were ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This group of men was formally selected on the day the evacuation of New Orleans began as Hurricane Katrina approached. The ...

posted 6:55:42pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Gaudete! And let's break out a carol or two...
"Gesu Bambino," anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy. ...

posted 1:04:10pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

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