One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers

One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers

  St Catherine of Alexandria, also known as Saint Catherine of the Wheel and The Great Martyr Saint Catherine is, according to tradition, a Christian saint and virgin, who was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius.   According to her hagiography, she was both a princess and a noted scholar, who became a Christian around the age of fourteen, and herself converted hundreds of people to Christianity. Over 1,100 years following her martyrdom, St. Joan of Arc identified Catherine as one of the Saints who appeared to her and counselled her.   In the Catholic Church she is traditionally revered as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.   In 1969 the Catholic Church removed her feast day from the General Roman...

Direct My Gaze, Lord

Direct My Gaze, Lord

  A monk is he who directs his gaze toward God alone;  And who being at peace with God ~ becomes a source of peace for others..   —St Theodore of Studium   +PAX

Catching Up, Praying Up, Thankful

Catching Up, Praying Up, Thankful

  Catching up ~ My apologies for the drought of posts. I’m completing my last course on morality for catechist certification and..it’s a bit of a doozy. My poor doggie looks like a white mop…No time for her regular hair trim. The menu for the week is….leftovers, and my mom says I’m rambling a lot lately. Wonder what she means by that. Praying up ~  for the crisis and recovery in the Philippines. Charity in Truth is one organization that will make a direct donation to typhoon relief the millions in our country who have had their health insurance cancelled or premiums skyrocket out of affordability..I am one of them. Trust in the Lord to provide for all we need as we approach the end of another year; taking spiritual inventory...

The Church Militant and Your Say

The Church Militant and Your Say

  The world, the flesh and the devil. Aren’t they in full swing these days? Yet, by virtue of our baptismal call, this challenge should make us fearlessly choose to stand as the third portion of the Mystical Body of Christ: The Church Militant. It is in union and cooperation with it’s two counterparts; The Church Triumphant and the Church Suffering–also called the Communion of Saints–that we take on the father of lies who, like a prowling lion, waits at the gate of families, towns and nations ever ready to ambush and subvert the mission of Jesus, which is the salvation of souls. St Charles Borromeo, whose feast the church celebrates today, says it well, Oh, if we could only understand what it means to deliver a soul from hell, ...

The Church Suffering

The Church Suffering

  Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God,  rest in peace.   Amen.   +PAX Novena to the Holy Souls in...

The Church Triumphant

The Church Triumphant

  O Holy Souls that now rejoice without fear of losing your joy and forever absorbed in the praises of my God, O blessed heavenly souls!   Help us in our misery and intercede for us with the Divine Mercy, so that we may be granted some part of your joy and you may share with us some of that clear knowledge which is now yours.   Help us, O loving souls, to understand what joy it gives you to behold the eternity of your bliss and what delight to possess the certain knowledge that it will never end.   O blessed souls, who knew so well how to profit by the gifts of God and to purchase with this precious ransom so delectable and enduring a heritage, tell us how you won through God such an eternal blessing!   Assist us, since you are so near...

The Feast of All Saints and Indulgences

The Feast of All Saints and Indulgences

Reblogged from Rorate-Caeli:   “November, the month especially dedicated to the Poor Souls, begins tomorrow, with the most richly indulgenced week of the year – we could call it Indulgence Week, for the great generosity with which the spiritual wealth of indulgences is made available by the Church. There are several plenary indulgences available for the first week in November. They are the following:”   29 For the faithful departed § 1. A plenary indulgence, applied exclusively to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the Christian faithful who: 1° on each single day, from the first to the eighth day in November, devoutly visit a cemetery and, even if only mentally, pray for the faithful departed; [Note: one plenary indulgence for each...