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  • October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

    St. Francis of Assisi is the most “popular” saint in the Church, if any can or should be called such. The religious order(s) he founded went on to become the largest in the history of the Church. St. ...

  • St. Pius X and the Liturgical Reform

    Pope St. Pius X, whose feast day is celebrated today, is a lightning rod of the liturgical reform. The group founded by Bishop Marcel Lefebvre adopted him as the patron of their society, The Society o...

  • New Book Review of the Porn Myth

    Pornography is a real problem in today’s world; but it’s so prevalent that it seems almost hopeless to resist. What do you, as a Catholic in today’s self-destructive, perversion-praising atmosphere, d...

  • New Book Review of Praying the Angelus

    Have you made a habit of praying the Angelus, but never really thought about its significance? Pete Socks at the Catholic Book Blogger has a review of the recent book by Jared Dees, Praying the Angelu...

  • 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 Christianity by a perversion of Christian thought, he vigorously denounced all heresies an...

  • We Celebrate the Life of St. Anthony of Padua on June 13

    “St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most beloved saints in the Church and one of the most well-known early disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a renowned preacher and worker of miracles during ...

  • What’s Your Catholic Passion – Helping the Poor

    Father Maurice Gallagher was born in 1921 in Hanover Township, IA. Before his ordination he volunteered to be transferred to Pueblo, CO because the area was in great need of priests. During his life h...

  • Love endures all things . . and never fails. St. Valentine’s Day is February 14.

    St. Valentine's Day is February 14th. Do you know the story behind this holiday? St. Valentine of Rome, a martyr, was a priest or possibly a bishop in 3rd century Rome. Some sources list St. Valentine...

  • Epiphany: The Revelation of Jesus as King

    “On January 6 we celebrate Jesus' coming as Savior of the world” The Epiphany   “The light that shone in the night at Christmas illuminating the Bethlehem Grotto, where Mary, Joseph and the shepherds ...

  • The Tenth Day of Christmas – The Holy Name of Jesus

    In the New Testament, St. Paul writes that God the Father “bestowed on him (Christ Jesus) the name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven ...