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St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Defender of the Faith

Saint Irenaeus was a disciple of St. Polycarp of Smyrna. At a time when Gnostic sects threatened to undermine Chrisitianity by a perversion of Christian thought, he vigorously denounced all heresies and safeguarded unity of belief. He succeeded the martyred St. Pothinus as Bishop of Lyons. During this “Fortnight of Freedom”, we have yet another holy example of love and …

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Glorious Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mother of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer but the Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as your loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in …

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St. Josemaria Escriva, Priest and Founder of Opus Dei

Saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei, opened a new path of holiness in the Catholic Church, teaching that people can become holy by performing their work and daily duties with a Christian spirit. From the Opus Dei Biography comes the following information about his life and works: Life of Saint Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. Josemaría …

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Litany of the Sacred Heart

As we come near the end of the month of June, we have a full week of major Catholic Feasts — except for today. Our Church is also praying and fasting as part of the “Fortnight for Freedom” for Religious Liberty. June is the month of the Sacred Heart, so it seems fitting to take pause today and pray the …

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The Glorious Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Born six months before our Lord, Saint John the Baptist was the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth, our Lady's couin. He was the last and greatest of the prophets. As the forerunner of the Savior, he had the mission of preparing the Jews for the coming of Christ. When Jesus had come, Saint John bore witness to Him before his …

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Saturday Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary

On Saturdays in Ordinary Time when there is no obligatory memorial, an optional memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary is allowed. Saturdays stand out among those days dedicated to the Virgin Mary. These are designated as memorials of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This memorial derives from Carolingian times (ninth century), but the reasons for having chosen Saturday for its observance are unknown. …

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St. Thomas More, Martyr

 Saint Thomas More was born in London and was Chancellor of King Henry VIII. As a family man, a public servant, and writer, he displayed a rare combination of human warmth, Christian wisdom, and sense of humor. His most famous quote, fitting for today, was when he declared himself to be “the King's good servant — but God's first”  St. …

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Why You Should Read The Father’s Tale This Summer

We invited the authors and publishers of our Catholic summer reading selections to send us short posts explaining why their titles were worthy of your time this summer. If you haven't already voted on your top three selections, go do that now. Ignatius Press recommends The Father's Tale for your summer enjoyment. Here's why: Michael O’Brien’s novels have always been ambitious, blending a deeply spiritual …

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Why You Should Read What to do When Jesus is Hungry

We invited the authors and publishers of our Catholic summer reading selections to send us short posts explaining why their titles were worthy of your time this summer. If you haven't already voted on your top three selections, go do that now. Ignatius Press recommends What to do When Jesus is Hungry for your summer conversation. Here's why: How many Catholics today know what the …

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St. John Fisher, Bishop and Martyr

John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester Born at Beverly, 1469 – martyred June 22, 1535, Tower of London Canonizeed (with Saint Thomas More) 1935 Saint John Fisher studied theology in Cambridge, England and became Bishop of Rochester. His friend Saint Thomas More wrote of him, “I reckon in this realm no one man, in wisdom, learning, and long approved virtue together, …

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