Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist (and another Name Day for us!)

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And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.  ~ Luke 1:41

John the Baptist is the only saint for whom we celebrate both his birth and death. In medieval times, Midsummer’s Day festival was celebrated. After Christianity became adopted in Britain, the festival became known as St John’s day and was still celebrated as an important day in the church calendar; the birthday of St John the Baptist, cousin  to Jesus Christ and the herald of his coming. Continue reading

Update on the Con-Con Movement

You may want to review my previous posts on this issue.  They are Protect our Constitution, A Crash Course on a Constitutional Convention (in less than 7 minutes), and The Convention of States Deception.

If 34 States call for an Article V Convention, then Congress must call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments, and our Constitution will be susceptible to major changes.  There are many con-con calls proposing to solve problems for liberals and conservatives alike.  The excuse which has the most traction is the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA).  Never mind that it won’t balance the budget.  Forget that if you force Continue reading

Fortnight for Freedom

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Every year dioceses around the country plan special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day. You can read more about it at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website.

The bishops have urged an intensification of penance and prayer for religious freedom in our country.  Resources are provided here to help the faithful learn more about our courageous forebears in the faith and to follow their example. The bishops recommend praying to Mary Immaculate Patroness of Our Country. You can find the prayer here.

The USCCB is also sponsoring an American tour of the relics of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher.  The relics will be coming to Philadelphia on June 25. You can see the schedule here. An excellent family night could include watching the movie A Man for All Seasons, about the martyrdom of St. Thomas More. An another good movie would be For Greater Glory, about the struggle for religious freedom in Mexico.



Feast of St. Anthony of Padua – June 13th

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Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.  ~ St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal, near the end of the 12th century. He was a Franciscan Friar and was sent to work among the Muslims of Morocco. Crowds would gather to hear his preaching and teaching. He was chosen by St. Francis to teach theology to the friars and he later converted many heretics from the Albigensian heresy.   Continue reading

Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary


Yesterday was the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and revealed to her how He desired souls to foster devotion to His Sacred Heart:

My Divine Heart is so passionately in love with men that it can no longer contain within Itself the flames of its ardent charity.  It must pour them out by thy means, and manifest itself to them to enrich them with its precious treasures, which contain all the graces of which they need to be saved from perdition.  I have chosen you as an abyss of unworthiness and ignorance to accomplish so great a design, so that all may be done by Me.

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Continue reading