Category: Saints

The Feast of St. Joseph

On the Feast of Saint Joseph it is the custom in some places to bless bread, pastries, and other food and give a large portion of it to the poor. Many parishes have a Saint Joseph’s Table – Italian food is often a favorite… Continue Reading “The Feast of St. Joseph”

On St. Patrick’s Day – an Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow… Continue Reading “On St. Patrick’s Day – an Irish Blessing”

Today is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales

If at prayer we do nothing but drive away temptations and distractions, our prayer is well made. -St. Francis de Sales, Conformity to the Will of God

We Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe

  Today is the Feast of La Virgen de Guadalupe. I share a stylized image from a photo that I took in the National Shrine in Washington, DC, and I had to include a YouTube video of the people in the cathedral in Mexico… Continue Reading “We Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe”

On the Feast of All Saints

Whenever I think of the saints, especially that large number of unnamed women and men who have gone before us, and on whose shoulders we stand, I always remember this passage from the 12th chapter of the Book of Hebrews. Therefore, since we are… Continue Reading “On the Feast of All Saints”

Happy All Hallows Eve

What truths can we take from Halloween? First of all all faiths and all cultures honor their ancestors – those who have gone before them. So while the ghosts and the goblins (along with whatever is in fashion this year) take a moment to… Continue Reading “Happy All Hallows Eve”

Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila was a very strong woman who reformed the Carmelite Order, and is one of the three women doctors of the Church, along with Saints Therese of Lisieux (another Carmelite) and Catherine of Siena (a Dominican). For prayer is nothing else… Continue Reading “Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila”

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

This is very special feast for Dominicans (laity, sisters, nuns, and friars) all over the world. There is a story (which although is probably not factual, must be true, as all wonderful stories are) that Mary gave the rosary to Dominic and asked him… Continue Reading “Today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary”

Today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi is probably one of the best known and loved saints. He is the founder of the Franciscan Order; he and St. Dominic, who founded the Order of Preachers, were contemporaries. One of his sayings that is especially loved by Dominicans… Continue Reading “Today is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi”

She Announced the Good News

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. Our Lenten reflection has been prepared by Sister Cathy Murray, OP., and she recalls the lovely presence and passing of Sister Anna Louise LaVoy, often remembered as Sister Ignatius (and lovingly as gracious Ignatius). In the… Continue Reading “She Announced the Good News”