Saint of the Day

After visiting A Catholic View I found out today is the feast day for Saint Bartholomew. As one of the Apostles of Christ Bartholomew is extremely important to the Catholic Church. The article below really gets into what he did during his life, and how he became one of the Apostles. Everybody should say a prayer to Saint Bartholomew some time today.

“The Saint of the Day for August 24 is St. Bartholomew.

St. Bartholomew, a doctor in the Jewish law, was a dear friend of St. Philip the Apostle. Because Bartholomew was a man “in whom there was no guile,” his mind was open to the truth. He went willingly with Philip to see Christ, and recognized the Savior immediately as the Son of God. After having received the gifts of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost, Bartholomew evangelized Asia Minor, northwestern India, and Greater Armenia. In the latter country, while preaching to idolaters, he was arrested and condemned to death.

In St. John’s Gospel, Bartholomew is known by the name Nathaniel (the liturgy does not always seem aware of this identity). He hailed from Cana in Galilee, was one of the first disciples called by the Lord. On that initial meeting Jesus uttered the glorious compliment: “Behold, an Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile!” After the Resurrection he was favored by becoming one of the few apostles who witnessed the appearance of the risen Savior on the sea of Galilee (John 21:2). Following the Ascension he is said to have preached in Greater Armenia and to have been martyred there. While still alive, his skin was torn from his body. The Armenians honor him as the apostle of their nation. Concerning the fate of his relics, the Martyrology says: “His holy body was first taken to the island of Lipari (north of Sicily), then to Benevento, and finally to Rome on an island in the Tiber where it is honored by the faithful with pious devotion.”

The Church of Armenia has a national tradition that St. Jude Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew visited the Armenians early in the first century and introduced Christianity among the worshippers of the god Ahura Mazda. The new faith spread throughout the land, and in 302 A.D., St. Gregory the Illuminator baptized the king of Armenia, Dertad the Great, along with many of his followers. Since Dertad was probably the first ruler to embrace Christianity for his nation, the Armenians proudly claim they were the first Christian State.” – “Feast of St. Bartholomew”, A Catholic View

Celebration for Saint Rocco

This post from was really great to read. The story below tells of a child healed of bacterial meningitis in what many are calling a miracle due to none other than Saint Rocco. He is now fully healed and about to celebrate his fifth birthday. This is truly an amazing story that is worth reading so take a few minutes of your day and read it now!

“More than any other patron saint, St. Rocco is the favorite of Westerleigh resident Louise Fiorello. It’s personal.

Every August for the last 15 years, she’s attended the annual Feast of St. Rocco in Lower Manhattan and admired the healing energy of the saint cloaked in miracles. Mrs. Fiorello loves joining with the hundreds of people in the three-hour procession as the band plays and money is pinned to his statue.

About five years ago, when her infant grandson came down with bacterial meningitis, Mrs. Fiorello’s devotion to St. Rocco became even more personal and profound. The 5-month-old was given little hope of survival by doctors in two hospitals where he received care. His eye was swollen shut. Mrs Fiorello and her family prayed to St. Rocco.

“My grandson had a miracle,” said Mrs. Fiorello. “After the prayers of St. Rocco, the eye was opened for the first time.”

That baby, Salvatore, continued to heal and recently celebrated his fifth birthday. He will be among the crew leaving Westerleigh and heading to little Italy next week for the annual Feast of St. Rocco.” – “Feast of St. Rocco to be Held Aug.22”, SI

Saint of the Day

“The Saint of the Day for August 18 is St. Helena.

Empress mother of Constantine the Great. She was a native of Bithynia, who married the then Roman general Constantius I Chlorus about 270. Constantine was born soon after, and in 293, Constantius was made Caesar, or junior emperor. He divorced Helena to marry co Emperor Maximian’s stepdaughter. Constantine became emperor in 312 after the fateful victory at Milvian Bridge, and Helena was named Augusta, or empress. She converted to Christianity and performed many acts of charity, including building churches in Rome and in the Holy Land.

On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Helena discovered the True Cross. She is believed to have died in Nicomedia. Her porphyry sarcophagus is in the Vatican Museum. Geoffrey of Monmouth, England, started the legend that Helena was the daughter of the king of Colchester, a tradition no longer upheld. In liturgical art Helena is depicted as an empress, holding a cross.” – “St. Helena”, A Catholic View

This post from A Catholic View celebrates the today as the feast day of Saint Helena. She was an amazing woman, especially for the time she lived in. She was the one who found the Relic of the True Cross, which was just re-found in Vermont! At one time she was married to Constantine, which a fun fact that not everybody knows. She is certainly an important patron saint and everybody should say a prayer to her today.

Saint of the Day

Today’s patron saint of the day is Saint Hyacinth. This post from A Catholic View really goes into the details of Saint Hyacinth’s life and is a great way to learn more about a saint that not all of us are so knowledgeable about. If Saint Hyacinth is your favorite patron saint, you should try and find his patron saint medal somewhere and begin wearing it. Patron saint medals are great way to outwardly show your faith!

“The Saint of the Day for August 17 is St. Hyacinth.

While a canon at the cathedral of Cracow, Hyacinth journeyed to Rome, was impressed by the preaching and miracles of St. Dominic, and from the hand of Dominic himself received the habit of the newly-founded Order. Upon returning to his native land (1219), he established monasteries of his Order beyond the Alps at Friesach, Prague, Olmiitz, and Cracow.
From the Breviary we have this miracle. With three companions Hyacinth had arrived at the banks of the river Weichsel during their journey to Vischegrad, where they were expected to preach. But the waters had risen so high and had become so violent that no ferryman dared to cross. The saint took his mantle, spread it out before him, and with his companions rode across the raging waters. After saying his Office for the day, he died in 1257 with these words on his lips: “Into Your hands, Lord, I rest my spirit!”” – “St. Hyacinth”, A Catholic View

Saint Francis Statue to be Blessed and Placed in Local Zoo

“A Mosman councillor wants to build a “larger-than-life” statue of St Francis of Assisi at the Taronga Zoo, as “a symbol of Mosman’s love and respect of animals”.

Councillor Dom Lopez wants residents to form a committee to flesh out ideas for the statue, which could take any form that “captures the public’s imagination”, reports the Mosman Daily.

He suggested the statue could be embellished with a fountain or bird bath for wildlife, or a drinking trough for pets.

It should also bear an appropriate plaque and could be blessed by Cardinal George Pell at its official unveiling, he said.

The statue would be funded through public donations, with Cr Lopez aiming to raise about $25,000.

Cr Lopez floated the idea last year when he asked the council to investigate installing a statue somewhere in Mosman as a tribute to companion animals.

Each year, companion animals are blessed by Franciscan friars at the Mosman Festival.” – “Statue of St Francis Proposed for Zoo”, CathNews

I found this post over on today and I thought it was a great story. Saint Francis of Assisi is one of my favorite patron saints and I think any place is a great place for his statue to be placed. I love the idea that Cardinal Pell is going to bless the plaque attached to the statue as well. This idea as a whole is just awesome and I really hope that is works out.

History Channel Documentary on Mary MacKillop to be Produced

“The History Channel has commissioned a new documentary called Blessed Mary: A Saint for All Australians to commemorate her canonization.

Hosted by Alan Jones, the hour-long special will have its world premiere on The History Channel on Sunday, October 10 at 7.30pm AEST, with an encore screening on the day of the canonization, Sunday, October 17 at 8.30pm AEST, according to a statement.

A DVD with special extras, including a full interview between Alan Jones and Cardinal Pell will be released on  October 13.

The comprehensive docu-drama will detail the incredible life of Mary MacKillop, from her humble and often troubled childhood in Melbourne, to the establishment of a school in Penola, through to her vocation as co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Featuring dramatised scenes of the pivotal moments in Mary’s life, the documentary is also supported by an enormous resource of correspondence to, from and about Mary, including thousands of letters written by Mary herself.

“Mary MacKillop lived a remarkable, inspired life and I’m delighted that The History Channel is able to honour her memory with the screening of this world premiere documentary, to coincide with her historic canonisation,” said Jim Buchan, Group Channel Manager, Factual Channels.” – “History Channel to Make New Documentary on Mary MacKillop”, CathNews

This post from CathNews was really great to read about. After writing about Mary MacKillop’s future canonization earlier this week, I felt the need to share this with everybody as well. I think it is really wonderful that the History Channel is going to be making a documentary on her life. It will surely be a documentary worth watching more than once. Mary MacKillop led a great life and it will be awesome to get to see all that she did in a documentary format. I will, without a doubt, learn a lot from it when I can view it.

Feast Day of Saint Jeanne

“Feast of Saint Jeanne de Chantal
by Sister Julie on August 12, 2010

Saint Jeanne was an amazing woman — a wife, a mother, a spiritual mentor, and a religious. Her life is a testimony to faith, to love for God, to service of others, and she opened herself to being personally transformed through all of the events of her life.

Her life experiences “opened her heart to her longing for God and she sought God in prayer and a deepening spiritual life. Her commitment to God impressed Saint Francis de Sales, the bishop who became her director and best friend. Their friendship started before they even met, for them saw each other in dreams, and continued in letters throughout their lives.

With Francis’ support, Jane founded the Visitation order for women who were rejected by other orders because of poor health or age. She even accepted a woman who was 83 years old. When people criticized her, she said, “What do you want me to do? I like sick people myself; I’m on their side.” She believed that people should have a chance to live their calling regardless of their health.” (source)

I like Saint Jeanne, I like her a lot because of her deep commitment to God. She opened herself to be “more than”, to acknowledge but not get stuck in the contrarieties of life nor the conventions of life! She opened her door to people who were poor, even when she was living on a tight budget. She forgave and even befriended the person who killed her husband. She founded a religious community for those thought too old or sick to be a religious, a community which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year.” – “Feast of Saint Jeanne de Chantal”, A Nun’s Life

This was a post from A Nun’s Life all about Saint Jeanne de Chantal, whose feast day happens to be today! Saint Jeanne led a life that more of us should try and imitate. I agree wholeheartedly with Sister Julie on the topic of Saint Jeanne and her deep commitment to God. This is one attribute that really makes me admire Saint Jeanne as a person. Saint Jeanne is the patron saint of girls, so if you need to say a prayer to somebody today why not ask Saint Jeanne for a blessing.

Saint of the Day

“The Saint of the Day for August 10 is St. Lawrence.

This young deacon and heroic martyr is numbered among those saints who were most highly venerated by the ancient Roman Church. Next to the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, that of St. Lawrence ranked highest in the Roman sanctoral cycle. “From the rising of the sun unto its setting,” says St. Leo, “whenever the glory of Levites beams forth in splendor, Rome is deemed no less illustrious because of Lawrence than Jerusalem because of Stephen.”

Even though we have no genuine account of St. Lawrence’s martyrdom, we do possess considerable evidence from most ancient times regarding the particulars of his passion. Legendary Acts tell how Lawrence was a disciple of Pope Sixtus II (257-258), who dearly loved him because of his special talents, but principally because of his innocence; in spite of his youth, the Pope numbered him among the seven deacons of Rome and raised him to the position of archdeacon. As such, Lawrence had the immediate care of the altar and was at the side of the saintly Pope whenever he offered the holy Sacrifice; to him also was confided the administration of the goods of the Church and the responsibility of caring for the poor.

During the persecution of Emperor Valerian (253-260), Sixtus II and his four deacons were martyred. Very ardently Lawrence desired to die with his spiritual father and therefore said to him: “Father, where are you going without your son? Where are you hastening, O priest, without your deacon? Never before did you offer the holy Sacrifice without assistants. In what way have I displeased you? In what way have you found me unfaithful in my office? Oh, try me again and prove to yourself whether you have chosen an unworthy minister for the service of the Church. So far you have been trusting me with distributing the Blood of the Lord.” – “Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr”, A Catholic View

This post over on A Catholic View was a great read. It is quite lengthy so I didn’t post the full text here on My Catholic Blog, but if you are interested in checking out the reminder of the article click here. Saint Lawrence suffered for his belief in Christianity and was killed for it. He is one of my favorite patron saints, and I happen to have his medal on a gold chain. You should really take the time to read the rest of this post on A Catholic View and learn more about the life and works of Saint Lawrence.

Saint Dominic

“The founder of the Dominican Order, St. Dominic (1170-1221), was born in Spain, where he was well educated in preparation for the priesthood. Dominic was ordained in 1206, and when his bishop, Diego, was appointed a papal emissary to the Albigensians, Dominic was chosen to accompany him. The Albigensians were a heretical group in southern France who believed that all created matter is evil; they rejected Church teachings and lived simple, ascetical lives. Their lifestyle won them the sympathy of the common people, and the Church’s efforts to counteract their influence had previously been unsuccessful.

Bishop Diego and Dominic took a new approach; they prepared carefully for their debates with Albigensians, and themselves lived very simply. Upon Diego’s death, Dominic became the leader of an effort to convert the heretics through preaching, even though the Church had previously relied on the exercise of military force by the authorities to overcome the Albigensians.

In 1215 Dominic organized the Order of Preachers: a religious body of men living a simple lifestyle and dedicated to combating heresy by preaching a message of love and forgiveness. The Order was approved by Rome in 1216, several years after the establishment of the Franciscans. (St. Dominic and St. Francis of Assisi are closely united in a number of legends, and their Orders have often cooperated closely.) St. Dominic continued traveling, preaching, and working to strengthen his Order until his death in 1221.” – “Saint Dominic”, Catholic Exchange

This post from Catholic Exchange honors Saint Dominic. Everybody should take a moment today remember Saint Dominic the founder of the Dominicians. He did a lot of great work during his life and everybody should make a note of that. If you love Saint Dominic, I suggest you purchase a patron saint medal with him on it. They are great to wear everyday and Saint Dominic has some beautiful medals with his likeness on them.

Rosary for Mexico’s 200 Year Anniversary

This story from Catholic News Agency was great to read about. Mexico is celebrating two hundred years of independence on September 8th this year. They plan to do so by praying a special rosary nationwide to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is such a great thing to see, I wish more countries would do events such as this.

“The Knights of Columbus announced today that to celebrate the Bicentennial of Mexico’s National Independence, the organization will hold a world-wide Rosary, which will be prayed on September 8.

During the closing of its 128th Supreme Convention in Washington D.C., the Knights of Columbus announced that as part of the festivities to celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial, the Knights, the Archdiocese of Mexico City and the Institute of Guadalupan Studies will organize an event called the “Universal Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”

According to the Knights, “The purpose of the event is to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe as the ‘Shield and the Patroness of Our Liberty’ and as the Mother of the Civilization of Love.”

During this event, on September 8, 2010, a special “Rosary of Guadalupan Love” will be prayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST.

“The ‘Rosary of Guadalupan Love’ is a special prayer designed to connect the messages Our Lady of Guadalupe gave to St. Juan Diego with the seven sacraments of the Church and the Church as the sacrament of salvation,” the Knights explained.

“This event is to be celebrated worldwide, uniting in prayer the members of all Knights of Columbus councils and their families, and all dioceses of the universal Church throughout the world.”” – “Knights of Columbus to Promote Worldwide Rosary for Mexico’s Bicentennial”, Catholic News Agency