May is the month in which we traditionally honor Mary, the mother of Jesus. She is the woman most recognized in our Church and many devotions such as the rosary are dedicated to her
St. Bernardine of Siena FRANCISCAN PREACHER AND MISSIONARY Unlike many of the other Saints we encounter, St Bernardine -besides having an intriguing name that could Information: Feast Day:May 20Born:1380, Massa Marittima, ItalyDied:1444, Aquila, ItalyCanonized:24 May 1450 by Pope Nicholas VPatron of:advertisers; advertising; Aquila, Italy; chest problems; Italy; gambling addicts; public relations personnel; public relations work; be feminine!!- is actually ‘mentioned’ in the calendar as an optional Saint for the day.
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Yesterday, we celebrated the birth of the Church.
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I’ve been a little delayed since returning from Chicago, partly by my own desire to rest, partly by an effort to restore my laptop to full form which is an on going effort. I’ve been working on this blog for a longer period of time, because the theme is quite challenging.
My last entry for the next couple of days is an opportunity for me to rectify a mistake I did 6 months ago. Back then, I blogged ( for the Jesuit Scholastic and Brotohers blog “Ïbo et Non Ridibo” )about a Belgian St, Saint Damien of Molokai
Another day, another Bishop…this time, a Saint -yesterday’s Canadian holy man was a blessed!- Fair warning, my entry for April 8th -today..I’m kinda late for my April 7th Blog!- is also a ‘homily.’( I’m not a priest, so it’s not a homily, but you get my drift!) This means that my reflections, and therefore, the blog will be a bit longer! Thanks for your patience, and thanks Melanie Jean for your regular words of encouragement
Let’s start with a holy person more ‘remembered’ in Canada, one who carries the name of my hometown in his name (Laval!). My data today comes from EWTN and Catholic.org/ wiki, with some of my own edits
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This saint was nobly born about the year 401,probably in Lorraine. He was brought up in amanner suitable to his birth, in the study of the lliberal arts, and of every branch of polite learning.But how little value we ought to set on all things thatappear great in the eyes of the world, he himself hastaught us.
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This is my penultimate entry for the week. Saturdays will be my Blogging Sabbath, unless it’s an especially nice day in terms of readings or saints!There’s a lot of lovely theology to wrestle with today, so I’d like to get down to it…but as it turns out, our Saint of the day helps us out in this thought process St
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Today’s holy guy’s story is a bit long, and having cut it, I hope I still did him honor, for he is an very important Doctor of the Church. And in case it wasn’t clear to you what makes a Saint, a Doctor of the Church, hopefully, his shortened bio will help you get it!
St. Catherine of Siena – 25 March 1347 in Siena – 29 April 1380 in Rome Mystic Doctor of the Church Patron Saint of: Fire prevention and of Italy Born during the black plague, she was the 21st of 25 children.
Our Saintly Guy of the day: Patron of Oceania.St Peter Chanel1803 – 1841 Entered a Diocesan priest in France, was able to revive a rundown community, but eventually had his mind on missionary work,so, in 1831, he joined the newly formed Society of Mary (Marists) which concentrated on missionary work at home and abroad.
This week, Montreal is hosting the Québec National Truth and Reconciliation event. From April 24 to 27 the public is invited to learn about and participate in part of the healing process of the aboriginal peoples traumatic experience of the residential schools.From about the 1870′s right until the 1970′s, the Canadian government installed a system of schooling for the aboriginal peoples whereby the children were taken away from their families and placed in boarding schools often very far from their families and villages.
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Last week, our city had a surprise return of winter that covered the city with a substantial amount of snow, enough to feel like spring had left us for a few days. I had planned to go to a retreat centre in the countryside for the weekend and when the weather networks began to predict the snow fall with dire warnings of a storm, I was beginning to question whether it was wise to go.