Category Archives: Saints

The Patron Saint of Minivan Drivers

My family and I attend St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, so when I was in our local Catholic bookstore recently, I picked up a coin featuring an image of that saint. St. Catherine is the patron saint of several … Continue reading

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Free MP3s of Ignatius of Antioch

In celebration of the feast day of St. Ignatius of Antioch — student of St. John the Apostle — check out these awesome free mp3 audiobooks of his letters. Joe McClane from The Catholic Hack podcast recorded all seven of … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Saintly Owl?

I know that Harry Potter’s pet owl Hedwig died a heroic death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but I didn’t realize that she’d been canonized…or that today was her feast day.

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India’s First Female Canonized Saint

Today, Sister Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception was canonized. She is the first officially recognized female saint from India. Please disregard the VOA News article’s inaccurate headline saying the pope “created” India’s first female saint. Obviously, God created her. And … Continue reading

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Lourdes and St. Bernadette

The Travel section of today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured an article about a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. This town is the site where the young Bernadette Soubirous saw several visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858. While the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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Mary’s Heavenly Birthday

Today is a key holy day on the Catholic liturgical calendar: the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This day is important to Catholics because it is the day we mark Mary’s “heavenly birthday” – in other … Continue reading

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Catholic Outreach, Southern Style

It’s no surprise that Protestants outnumber Catholics here in the Deep South. But I suspect that this is due in part to some tactical errors in Catholic evangelistic strategy. As a native Georgian and a former Protestant, I think I … Continue reading

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Picking a Saint’s Name

As I wrote earlier, today is the feast day of Saint Justin Martyr. The writings of the early Church Fathers – Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr and Irenaeus of Lyons – were influential in my decision to … Continue reading

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Feast Day of Saint Justin

Today, June 1, is the feast day of Saint Justin, second-century convert to Christianity and noteworthy apologist of the faith. Around the year A.D. 165, he was martyred for his beliefs and as a result is frequently called Justin Martyr. … Continue reading

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