Saints and Fathers

St. Joseph, Father of Jesus?

October 25, 2010

Today we will visit the House of the Holy Family under the Church of St. Joseph in Nazareth. Here I will give my short talk “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family — telling about the quiet, strong hero and father of Jesus. Father of Jesus? Yes, it is correct to call him [...]

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Birth of Mary: Tuesday on Ave Maria/EWTN Radio with Al Kresta

September 7, 2010

How many of you have a scroll on your desk entitled The Protoevangelium of James? You don’t! Why not? If you were a Christian in the first centuries of the Church you would probably have a copy, or had read it — or rather, had it read to you. The Protoevangelium of James is the [...]

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Day in London

August 4, 2010

What a day in London! 2.5 hour bus tour of London, fish and chips and bitter in an English pub, then a tour of the Tower of London where we were specially allowed into the Bell Tower where St. Thomas More was imprisoned, the spot where he was executed and the crypt where he was [...]

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Day in London

August 4, 2010

What a day in London! 2.5 hour bus tour of London, fish and chips and bitter in an English pub, then a tour of the Tower of London where we were specially allowed into the Bell Tower where St. Thomas More was imprisoned, the spot where he was executed and the crypt where he was [...]

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Protoevangelium of James

July 26, 2010

In the early 2nd century the early Church held a document in very high regard. From this document we learn about the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her own birth. Since today is the Feast Day of Joachim and Anna, I thought I would provide a link to the Protoevangelium of James so [...]

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Great Day with the Grandkids

June 22, 2010

Today they were all here and we jumped on the golf cart (the six that can hang on by themselves) and off we went through the country roads for an adventure. In the picture you can see Dominic holding the snake we caught. He was the Keeper of the Snake. Damian was the noble “Keeper [...]

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Was Joseph the Father of Jesus?

May 18, 2010

(Picture: My favorite picture of St. Joseph by Tissott) My article a while ago in THIS ROCK Magazine is entitled Should We Call Joseph the Father of Jesus? It starts out with three options: Joseph was possibly the biological father of Jesus, but the Gospels deny the fact, claiming he was the product of a [...]

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Padre Pio and Mass at his Tomb, then St. Michael the Archangel

May 17, 2010

What a day! We started out by walking up hill to the Church of Padre Pio in front of his tomb. Then we had two hours free before leaving for St. Mount Angel where Michael the Archangel appeared to the bishop in the 5th century. Many tears, many smiles, many happy pilgrims. We had the [...]

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All Day in “Bella” Assisi

May 15, 2010

It rained, but that didn’t dampen any spirits today! One couple said, “If we had to go home today it wouldn’t matter. The first two days have been worth it all!” We started with a reverent Mass at the Church of St. Clare right above the tomb with her incorrupt body visible through the glass. [...]

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Our Drive from Turin to Assisi

May 14, 2010

We had an 8 hour drive from Turin to Assisi but we planned it to be fun and spiritual along the way. I told my conversion story on all three buses. Teresa Tomeo and Liz Lev talked on all three buses, and the incomparable Fr. Scott Courtney enthused and excited each bus also along the [...]

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Exploring Milan Italy and Bones

May 10, 2010

We were beat and eyelids at half mast. Staying up over 28 hours always does that to us, especially with the added stress of travel – cooped up on a plane over the Atlantic, waiting around, catching cabs, making and confirming reservations for hotels and rental cars, and eating airplane food. If you ever hear [...]

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John Paul II Declared “Venerable”

December 19, 2009

In a series of decrees issued on December 19, the Vatican has approved miracles allowing for the canonization of five people and the beatification of five others. The Vatican also recognized the 1984 death of Father Jerzy Popieluszko as a martyrdom, preparing the way for his beatification. The decrees, approved by Pope Benedict XVI during [...]

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St. John of the Cross: Contemplative or Charismatic

October 13, 2009

A great article by Ralph Martin, Professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, author and President of Renewal Ministries. One paragraph from Ralph Martin’s article: This experience opened in me a great desire to read all of St. John of the Cross, all of Teresa of Avila, all of Therese the Little Flower and to really [...]

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Grilling a Deacon

August 9, 2009

I will be discussing the grilling and martyrdom of St. Lawrence on Relevant Radio Monday, 7 AM Eastern. Young Deacon Lawrence (only 28 years old when killed) was the treasurer for the Church in Rome and responsible to care for the poor. When the Emperor demanded Lawrence turn in all the treasures of the Church [...]

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Free Timelines

August 1, 2009

As promised at Steubenville for the attendees of my talk on “Suffering and Martyrdom in the Early Church,” you can find the timeline of the Apostolic Fathers here. You can also download my free timelines for the 1st Century and St. Paul. The two books I mentioned and read from are Early Christian Writings and [...]

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On My Way to Steubenville…

July 31, 2009

…to speak on “A Virtual Tour of the Life of St. Paul” and “Christ their Hope: Persecution & Martyrdom in the Early Church.” We will also be announcing a new pilgrimage I will be leading with Dr. Scott Hahn to Rome and Assisi in May 2010!

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