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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Catholics for Obama, Part XV

A most EXCELLENT question!

53% of Catholics voted for Obama.

Is He a Saint?


Father Emil Kapaun's story is a compelling one. He is currently a Servant of God (the very first step on the path to sainthood, before Venerated).

Read this story, and you tell me...

He would be the THIRD American born saint. Can you name the other two?
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Feast of St. Moloc, June 25


It turns out that it's not just the Irish saints who have multiple names. St. Moloc (or Lugaidh, or Movanus, or Molluog, or Murlach) was a Scotsman who was educated under St. Brendan (he of the voyage) in Ireland. He became a bishop and missionary.

So what's with the photo?

St. Moloc is venerated in Argyll, Scotland.

Deborah Kerr (the one on the right) was BORN in Argyll.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Feast of St. Harvey, June 17


St. Harvey was a blind abbot of the 12th century.

Jimmy Stewart, who may have been a little hard of hearing, must have heard he was a "rabbit".
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Confessional

From the American Papist:

A guy goes into the confessional box. He notices on one side a fully equipped bar with Guinness on tap. On the other wall is a dazzling array of the finest Cuban cigars. Then the priest comes in.

"Father, forgive me, for it's been a very long time since I've been to confession, but I must first admit that the confessional box is much more inviting these days."

The priest replies "Get out. You're on my side."

Feast of Blessed Guy, June 16

Blessed Guy Vignotelli was a Franciscan who received his Franciscan habit from St. Francis himself.

One more miracle will make the Blessed Guy the Saint Guy.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church


St. Anthony decided to become a Franciscan (he was an Augustinian) after the headless and mutilated bodies of Sts. Bernard, Peter, Otho, Accursius, and Adjutus were brought to his monastary. They had been killed in North Africa by some cult or other - Baptists? Seventh Day Adventists? Mormons? It'll come to me...

Anyway, he was known for his preaching (he was called the "Hammer of the Heretics"). Once while preaching and realizing no one was listening, he went and preached to the fishes. Above is an actual photo!

Over 300 years after his death, his body was exhumed and his body had decomposed - EXCEPT for his tongue!

St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost articles (physical things, not mental).
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St. Isidore the Farmer, Pray for Us

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Feast of St. Petroc, June 4


Petroc was a Welsh monk and hermit. He is one of the patron saints of Cornwall, Wales. He may be the patron saint of quarrymen but that is unconfirmed.
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Patron Saint of Equestrians


Sister Mary Martha was asked why St. Anne is the Patron Saint of equestrians and the Sister responds:

"Here is what we actually know about St. Anne: Mary had a mother who had a name.

Here is what we don't know about St. Anne: anything."

Sister suggests Joan of Arc or St. Martin de Caballero (AKA Martin de Tours).

Read the rest here, and try not to laugh when you read the part about Charles Bronson. I dare you!
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Feast of St. Bodfan, June 2


Bodfan was witness to something called a natural inundation of Beaumaris Bay in Wales (7th Century) and it made him a believer.

The photo is of Beaumaris Castle, on which construction began in 1295.

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