Prayer to Saint John Vianney

This post from Catholic Answers Forum is a beautiful one. Yesterday, August 4th, was the feast day of Saint John Vianneyand to honor him this prayer was posted on the forum. I think this is a quite awesome prayer, and everybody should really take the time today to say it. It only takes a minute of your time and it is a wonderful prayer.

4 August:: Feast Day of Saint John Vianney


Prayer of Saint John Vianney

I love You, O my God,
and my only desire is to love You
until the last breath of my life.

I love You, O my infinitely lovable God,
and I would rather die loving You,
than live without loving You.

I love You, Lord
and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…

My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You,
I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.” – “Saint of the Day”, Catholic Answers Forum

Saint John Bosco’s Belongings Come to North America

“More than 16 months after it began a world tour touching over 100 nations, a casket containing relics of St. John Bosco is scheduled to visit the United States and Canada beginning in mid-September.

The pilgrimage of the relics began April 25, 2009, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Salesians of Don Bosco and is to continue until shortly before the 200th anniversary of the saint’s birth near Turin, Italy, on Aug. 16, 1815.

For the tour, the bones and tissues of the right hand and arm of the 19th-century Italian saint have been placed within a wax replica of St. John Bosco’s body, which is being displayed in a glass box mounted on a large wood and metal cart.

The display — weighing more than 1,800 pounds and measuring approximately 8 feet long, 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall — has been transported around the world by plane and in specially designed and built trucks.” – “Relics of Saint John Bosco to Tour US, Canada in September, October”, Catholic News Service

This post from Catholic News Service was a very informative one. They tell a lot about Saint John Bosco and where his relics have been recently. Then they get into the part that made me want to share this with everybody, which was that his relics will be on tour in North America later this year. Hopefully cities will be announced soon, and you can start planning to try and make it out. This is quite the opportunity so I think you should really go visit these relics if you can manage a trip to a nearby city.

Saint Peter Chrysologus

This post on A Catholic View was a very nice one about today’s saint, Saint Peter Chrysologus. If Saint Peter is your favorite saint then you should probably look into getting a patron saint medal with his image on it. Patron saint medals are cool to wear and are a reminder that your favorite saint is with you at all times. They make a great gift for a person of any age.

“The Saint of the Day for July 30 is St. Peter Chrysologus.

In the fifth century, Ravenna, not Rome, was the capital of the Roman Empire in the West, and Ravenna itself became a metropolitan see. St. Peter Chrysologus was one of the most distinguished archbishops of that see.

Peter was born in Imola about the year 400 and studied under Cornelius, bishop of that city, who ordained him deacon. In 433, the archbishop of Ravenna died, and when a successor had been chosen by the clergy and people of Ravenna, they asked Bishop Cornelius to obtain confirmation of their choice from Pope Sixtus III. On his trip to Rome, Cornelius took his deacon, Peter, as his companion; upon seeing Peter, the pope chose him for the see of Ravenna instead of the one selected by the clergy and people of Ravenna.

Peter was consecrated and was accepted somewhat grudgingly at first by both the clergy and the people. Peter, however, soon became the favorite of Emperor Valentinian III, who resided at Ravenna and was also highly regarded by Pope St. Leo the Great, the successor of Pope Sixtus.

There were still traces of paganism in Peter’s diocese, and his first effort was to establish the Catholic faith everywhere, rooting out abuses and carrying on a campaign of preaching and special care of the poor. Many of his sermons still survive, and it is on the basis of these that he came to be known as “the golden word.”

In his concern for the unity of the Church, Peter Chrysologus opposed the teaching of Eutyches, condemned in the East, who asked for his support. Peter also received St. Germanus of Auxerre to his diocese and officiated at his funeral.

Knowing that his own death was near, Peter returned to his own city of Imola and after urging great care in the choice of his successor he died at Imola about the year 450 and was buried in the church of St. Cassian. In 1729, Pope Benedict XIII declared him a Doctor of the Church. — The One Year Book of Saints by Rev. Clifford Stevens

Familiar is his dictum: “If you jest with the devil, you cannot rejoice with Christ.” Some of his sermons are read in the Breviary. Ravenna, his episcopal city, still harbors treasures of ancient Christian liturgical art dating to his day.” – “Saint of the Day”, A Catholic View

Saint Martha

“The Saint of the Day for July 29 is St. Martha.

Martha was born of noble and wealthy parents, but she is still more illustrious for the hospitality she gave to Christ our Lord. After His Ascension into heaven, she was seized by the Jews, together with her brother and sister, Marcella her handmaid, and Maximin, one of the seventy two disciples of our Lord, who had baptized the whole family, and many other Christians. They were put on board a ship without sails or oars, and left helpless on the open sea, exposed to certain shipwreck. But God guided the ship, and they all arrived safely at Marseilles.

This miracle, together with their preaching, brought the people of Marseilles, of Aix, and of the neighborhood to believe in Christ. Lazarus was made Bishop of Marseilles and Maximin of Aix. Magdalen, who was accustomed to devote herself to prayer and to sit at our Lord’s feet, in order to enjoy the better part which she had chosen, that is, contemplation of the joys of heaven, retired into a deserted cave on a very high mountain. There she lived for thirty years, separated from all human intercourse; and every day she was carried to heaven by the angels to hear their songs of praise.
But Martha, after having won the love and admiration of the people of Marseilles by the sanctity of her life and her wonderful charity, withdrew in the company of several virtuous women to a spot remote from men, where she lived for a long time, greatly renowned for her piety and prudence. She foretold her death long before it occurred; and at length, famous for miracles, she passed to our Lord on the fourth of the Kalends of August. Her body which lies at Tarascon is held in great veneration.” – “Saint of the Day”, A Catholic View
Today’s patron saint is Saint Martha. This posting comes from A Catholic View. If today is yours or a loved one’s birthday, if today has significance to you for some reason, or if your name is Martha you might want to check out a patron saint medal of her that you could wear all the time. Patron saint medals are inexpensive and cool, they make great gifts for a lot of Catholic occasions, and are also just nice to wear!

Saint Victor

“The Saint of the Day for July 28 is St. Victor I.

Date of birth unknown; pope from 189 to 199; died in 199, possibly martyrdom.

Victor was a native African and his father’s name was Felix. He is known for having obtained the release of Christians who had been deported to the mines of Sardinia and for being the first Pope to celebrate the liturgy and write Church documents in Latin rather than Greek.

He is most famous, however, for decreeing that Easter be universally celebrated on a Sunday, a practice already common in the West, but not so in the East.” – “Saint of the Day”, A Catholic View

This post on A Catholic View was a nice reminder. I like to try and remember who the Saint of the Day is for each day of the year. If you are looking for some patron saint information, I would suggest Hubpages.com. They have an excellent database of many Catholic saints.

Bishop Baraga May Become a Saint

“Following a four-month investigation, the Diocese of Marquette has closed its inquiry into an alleged miracle attributed to its first bishop, Servant of God Frederic Baraga, who is known as the “snowshoe priest.” The inquiry now proceeds to the Vatican for further consideration.

The alleged miracle concerns a reputed tumor found on a patient’s liver in various diagnostic tests. The patient, the patient’s family and their parish priest prayed for healing through the intercession of Bishop Baraga. Bishop Baraga’s stole was also placed on the patient’s abdomen, after which the patient’s pain ceased.

An exploratory surgery by doctors found no tumor, according to the diocese.

Bishop Baraga was born in Slovenia in 1797. He came to the United States in 1830 as a missionary to the Odawa and Ojibwa tribes of the upper Great Lakes region, traveling through the vast territory by canoe, boat, horse, snowshoes and dog sled. His Ojibwa-English dictionary is still in use today.

Consecrated a bishop in 1853, he served as the Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie, which would later be called the Diocese of Marquette. He died in 1868. The Bishop Baraga Association was established in 1930 to promote his cause for sainthood, which was officially opened in 1952.” – “Sainthood Cause of ‘Snowshoe Priest’ Heads to Vatican”, ETWN

After reading this post on ETWN I think that Bishop Baraga should be canonized a saint. I knew nothing of this man’s wonderful life this morning, but I am glad to say that now I am quite informed on the topic. After being a bishop and helping many people, I think that would be enough to consider him a good person. He performed a miracle though and that is reason for canonization. Hopefully this will go through and Bishop Baraga will be a saint.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola to be Honored

“On July 31, the Universal Church will mark the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The Spanish saint is known for founding the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, as well as for creating the “Spiritual Exercises” often used today for retreats and individual discernment.

St. Ignatius was born into a noble family in 1491 in Guipuzcoa, Spain. He served as a page in the Spanish court of Ferdinand and Isabella.

He then became a soldier in the Spanish army and wounded his leg during the siege of Pamplona in 1521. During his recuperation, he read “Lives of the Saints.” The experience led him to undergo a profound conversion, and he dedicated himself to the Catholic faith.

After making a general confession in a monastery in Montserrat, St. Ignatius proceeded to spend almost a year in solitude. He wrote his famous “Spiritual Exercises” and then made a pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land, where he worked to convert Muslims.

St. Ignatius returned to complete his studies in Spain and then France, where he received his theology degree. While many held him in contempt because of his holy lifestyle, his wisdom and virtue attracted some followers, and the Society of Jesus was born.

The Society was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540, and it grew rapidly. St. Ignatius remained in Rome, where he governed the Society and became friends with St. Philip Neri.

St. Ignatius died peacefully on July 31, 1556. He was canonized by Pope Gregory XV in 1622.” – “Universal Church to Honor Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola”, Catholic News Agency

I was very excited to see that the Universal Church will be honoring Saint Ignatius of Loyola on the 31st. Amongst many great deeds he did during his life, his finest was the creation of the Jesuits who are still around today in large numbers. If Saint Ignatius of Loyola is your favorite patron saint you should probably get yourself a nice patron saint medal to wear every day!

Big Turnout Expected for Cardinal John Henry Newman’s Beatification

This post from the Andover Advertiser seemed worth sharing. Pope Benedict is taking it upon himself to give Cardinal John Henry Newman the respect he deserves. He is going to beatify him at a Mass in mid-September, which will put the Cardinal one step closer to what he will one day undoubtedly obtain. I am talking of becoming canonized a saint of course, which seems inevitable for this great man.

“Up to 70,000 people from the UK and around the world are expected to attend a special Mass where Pope Benedict XVI will beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, it has been announced.

Cardinals, bishops and more than 1,000 priests will be present at the Mass in Cofton Park, Birmingham, on September 19, at the end of the Pope’s four-day visit to Britain.

The beatification will be the first to be carried out by Benedict since he was elected Pope in 2005, a mark of his lifelong interest in and study of the 19th century clergyman and famous convert from the Church of England to Catholicism.

The ceremony will bring the revered clergyman, who died in 1890, a step closer to becoming the first non-martyred English saint since before the Reformation.” – ” Thousands Expected for Special Mass”, Andover Advertiser

New Film Causing Conversions

This story on Catholic News Agency seemed pretty cool to me. This film has actually been attributed to people converting to Catholicism. If this is really the truth than it should be shown to as many people as possible. It must be a very powerful, inspiring movie and I will certainly be viewing it at the very least. I suggest you do the same.

“The director of “The Last Summit,” the documentary about the life of the Spanish priest and mountaineer, Fr. Pablo Dominguez, gave an interview to CNA’s sister news agency, ACI Prensa, in which he reflected on the reasons for the success of his movie. He confirmed that negotiations are under way for the film to be screened in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

For Cotelo, the overwhelming response of the film’s numerous viewers –many of whom are reporting how the movie caused them to have a conversion- “owes itself to the magnetism God has on any person.”

“If Fr. Pablo’s story is attractive,” the filmmaker said, “it’s because the love of his life also is. The protagonist in Fr. Pablo’s story, and of the movie, is God. Among all the famous actors and actresses in the world, there isn’t a protagonist more attractive and attracting than God.”” – ” Director of Hit Movie on Spanish Priest Says Film is Causing Conversions” – Catholic News Agency

Saint Kateri Brings Mohawk-Algonquins and Catholics Together

This story from Catholic News Service is an awesome one of a saint of the Catholic Church becoming a common ground for Native Americans and Catholics. Both of these groups have come to mutually respect Saint Kateri, the first Native American, Catholic saint to be canonized. Her great kindness and loving lifestyle are known by both the groups and she has become popular for it. Saint Kateri was not well-liked by her fellow Native Americans when she chose to follow Catholicism, but it seems like the dislike held in the past is being forgotten. It has been replaced with much respect and love, which is a wonderful thing to see.

“Under a rustic pavilion a popular hymn of gratitude for God’s creation is being sung at the start of Sunday Mass. Nearby, smoke from burning sweet grass and sage hangs in the air as a powwow gets under way.

At the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda, there is an enduring connection between Catholicism and the indigenous people of this land.

Blessed Kateri, the Mohawk-Algonquin woman who would be the first American Indian saint, was born and baptized in the area in the mid-1600s.

Situated on 200 acres of wooded land on the north bank of the Mohawk River, the shrine is a testament to the young Indian maiden, who despite objections from some in her own clan, came to know and love Christ.

When American Indians visit, they often drop tobacco leaves at the Caughnawaga site as an offering and sign of respect. At an adjacent spring, the place where Blessed Kateri was probably baptized, Catholics leave prayers, sometimes rosaries and devotional medals.” – “Kateri is Symbol of Enduring Tie Between Catholicism, Native Peoples”, Catholic News Service