Saints and Fathers

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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Tomorrow on Ave Maria Radio

July 23, 2009

I will join Al Kresta on Ave Maria Radio from 3:40-4:00 PM Eastern to discuss Sts. Joachim and Anna, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. You can listen online at

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Bones Under Altar in Rome’s Church of St. Paul

June 30, 2009

Tests support belief that St. Paul’s tomb has been discovered, Pope reveals As he presided at ceremonies closing the Pauline Year, Pope Benedict XVI made the dramatic announcement that new scientific tests have strengthened the traditional belief that human remains buried beneath the altar of the Roman basilica of St. Paul-outside-the-Walls are those of [...]

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Three Radio Shows this Week

June 28, 2009

First, On Tuesday at 7:00-7:30 AM Eastern, I will be on Relevant Radio with Sean Herriott to discuss the Feast Day of the Roman Martyrs. These heroic saints died at the sadistic hand of Emperor Nero. We owe these predecessors and champions our greatest debt of honor and gratitude. Roman author Taticus (c. 55 -117 [...]

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Another Busy Radio Day on Monday

June 13, 2009

Join me on Al Kresta’s Show on Ave Maria Radio to discuss the closing of the Year of St. Paul. I join Al at 5:20 PM. Then I will be on Catholic Answers Live at 7:00 to discuss “What Mary was REALLY LIKE” based on my study of the Bible and our many trips to [...]

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St. Paul & His Writings

May 4, 2009

On Tuesday morning I will join Teresa Tomeo (before boarding a plane for Israel) to discuss St. Paul and his writings! She is the host of Catholic Connections. For a free Timeline on St. Paul that explains his writings in the context of his life and travels, click here. To listen to the show on-line [...]

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Not Too Late for Year of St. Paul

March 14, 2009

If your parish has not yet sponsored an event for the Year of St. Paul — it is NOT too late. Ignatius Press has made it very easy for you. Join the Ignatius Press Night at the Movies and watch our exciting, informative and family-friendly movie “Paul, Contending for the Faith.” The movie was filmed [...]

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Do Catholics Misquote the Fathers?

March 2, 2009

You may want to watch this video put up by William Albrecht. He addresses one instance in which an opponent wrongly says Catholics wrongly use the Fathers. Funny thing Fundamentalists accusing us of misusing the Fathers! Thanks William!

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