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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Feast of St. Helena, August 18


St. Helena was the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, who declared Catholicism the official religion of the Empire. He banned many pagan practices with the maxim "Cesset superstitio; sacrificiorum aboleatur insania" (Let superstition cease; let the folly of sacrifices be abolished).

St. Helena's sarcophagus is in the Vatican Museum.

The picture is the Arch of Constantine in Rome, as seen from the Coliseum.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Feast of St. Clare, August 11


St. Clare was a friend of St. Francis of Assisi, and founder of the order known as the Poor Clares.

St. Clare:

1) Wore a course brown habit tied with a cord.
2) Didn't wear shoes.
3) Lived in a poor house.
4) Kept silent most of the time.
5) Is the patron saint for those with eye problems.
5) Ate no meat.

Hey! Miley Cyrus doesn't eat meat either!
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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Feast of St. Dominic, August 8

Yes, that Dominic!

"The Singing Nun" was a Dominican nun who recorded "Dominique" to raise money for the order.

The original order founded by St. Dominic was the Order of Preachers and became known as the Dominicans after his death. St Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers - not because he had a telescope, but because when he was baptized his mother, Blessed Joan of Aza, saw a star on his chest.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009


From the UK's Tech Herald:

"More pointedly, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has said social networking destinations such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo place a focus on forging potentially delicate “transient relationships” that can cause suicidal tendencies when and if they fracture.

The Church also said social networks place far too much emphasis and importance on how many friends a user can amass as opposed to the actual quality of any resulting friendships."

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Feast of St. Peter in Chains, August 1

Herod Agrippa had already martyred St. James, and St. Peter was to be next. As St. Peter slept in his prison cell, chained and guarded, an angel appeared. The angel told St. Peter to get up, put on his cloak and sandals, and follow him (although it might have been her). As St. Peter did so the chains fell away and the two of them walked past the guards and out of prison.

And that made me think of Aretha Franklin...