Saint Anselm – Father of Scholasticism, Doctor of the Church, Faithful Catholic in all things

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Let’s just go a head and declare Pope Francis a saint – today!

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It must be disarming to meet Pope Francis in the confessional, as his insights into the sins and foibles of the people of our times are so penetrating. He cuts right to the quick without evasion, and he names often subtle ways in which we abuse the grace God gives us. The section of the apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” on temptations of pastoral workers (Nos. 76-109) unflinchingly identifies numerous defects of the church’s ministers. As an examination of conscience, there’s been nothing like it since C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters.

If true reform must grow out of conversion, then Pope Francis truly has the gift of discernment to set the church on the path of conversion. He identifies the most subtle ways in which pastoral ministers undermine their own effectiveness and the church’s mission. The list is long and in this Lenten season deserving of reflection by all Catholics. But the paragraphs on “spiritual worldliness” are particularly worthy of attention.

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A Saint defines what it means to be a true Catholic

St Vincent of Lerins

“..he is the true and genuine Catholic who loves the truth of God, who loves the Church, who loves the Body of Christ, who esteems divine religion and the Catholic Faith above every thing, above the authority, above the regard, above the genius, above the eloquence, above the philosophy, of every man whatsoever; who set light by all of these, and continuing steadfast and established in the faith, resolves that he will believe that, and that only, which he is sure the Catholic Church has held universally and from ancient time;

but that whatsoever new and unheard-of doctrine he shall find to have been furtively introduced by some one or another, besides that of all, or contrary to that of all the saints, this, he will understand, does not pertain to religion, but is permitted as a trial, being instructed especially by the words of the blessed Apostle Paul, who writes thus in his first Epistle to the Corinthians,

‘There must needs be heresies, that they who are approved may be made manifest among you:’ as though he should say, This is the reason why the authors of Heresies are not forthwith rooted up by God, namely, that they who are approved may be made manifest; that is, that it maybe apparent of each individual, how tenacious and faithful and steadfast he is in his love of the Catholic faith”

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Once upon a time, there was a Catholic Saint who could fly

St. Joseph of Cupertino “cruising”

On hearing the names of Jesus or Mary, the singing of hymns, during the feast of St. Francis, or while praying at Mass, he would go into dazed state and soar into the air, remaining there until a superior commanded him to come down.

Joseph, and God,  liked zero-G so much, He decided to let Joseph experience anti-gravity on a pretty regular basis. But the event that caught everyone’s attention? I thought you’d never ask.

Joseph’s most famous flight allegedly occurred during a papal audience before Pope Urban VIII. When he bent down to kiss the Pope’s feet, he was suddenly filled with reverence for Christ’s Vicar on earth, and was lifted up into the air. Only when the Minister General of the Order, who was part of the audience, ordered him down was Joseph able to return to the floor.

Imagine something like that happening during Our Pope’s visit to the United Kingdom today. Guess what else?

Joseph gave off a sweet smell because he was pure. Joseph could also smell the bad odor of a sinful person. When they would come, sometimes he would tell them that they stank and that they should go wash themselves. By this, he meant for them to go to confession.

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A “Feud” with the Flying Saint

“If you want it Jesus, so do I.” Inspiring story of a young life (and death) dedicated to Christ

She doesn’t lose her luminous smile; holding hands with her parents, she faces extremely painful therapy and drags into that same Love everyone who comes near her.

After refusing morphine because it takes away her lucidity, she gives everything to the Church, the Diocese, the youth, those distant, the Movement, the missions… staying serene and strong, convinced that “embraced pain makes one free“. She repeated: “I have nothing left, but I still have my heart, and with that I can always love“.

Chiara lives her Christianity well, participating at daily mass, where she receives Jesus, whom she loves so much; with the reading of the Word of God and meditation. She often reflects upon Chiara Lubich’s words: “I’ll be a saint, if I’m a saint now”.

Ever since she was little, she had committed to “not give Jesus to her friends with words, but through behavior”.  All this is not easy; in fact sometimes she would say: “It is so hard to go against the current!” And to overcome every obstacle she says, «For you, Jesus!».

To those who visit her she expresses her ideals, always putting others first.  She shows a particular affection for “her” bishop, Mons. Livio Maritano; during their last, short, but intense meetings, a supernatural atmosphere embraces them:  in Love they become one; they are Church.  But her illness gets worse and the pain increases.  Not one complaint from her lips:  “If you want it Jesus, so do I”.

Chiara gets ready for the final meeting: “It is my Spouse who comes to visit” and she picks out her bridal dress, the songs and the prayers for her Mass; the service must be a feast.

Receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the last time, she appears totally immersed in Him and she asks that they “recite that prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, send us a ray of your light from Heaven”.

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St. Padre Pio’s Incorrupt Body

St. Padre Pio’s Incorrupt Body

Padre Pio, a humble Capuchin priest from San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy , was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways. The most dramatic was the stigmata. Padre Pio bore the wounds of Christ for fifty years!

Among his other gifts were perfume, bilocation, prophecy, conversion, reading of souls, and miraculous cures. People are still being cured through his intercession in ways that cannot be explained by medicine or science.

More important, if less spectacular, are the spiritual healings that take place in all parts of the world! Padre Pio is a powerful intercessor!!

To see him resting so peacefully it’s hard to believe that he died 40 years ago.

A Prayer to Padre Pio


Beloved Padre Pio, today I come to add my prayer to the thousands of prayers offered to you every day by those who love and venerate you in Jesus’ name. They ask for cures and healings, earthly and spiritual blessings, and peace for body and mind. And because of your friendship with the Lord, he heals those you ask to be healed, and forgives those you ask be forgiven in Jesus’ name.

Through your visible wounds of the Crucified Jesus, which you bore for 50 years, you were chosen in our time to glorify the crucified Jesus. Because the Cross has been replaced by other symbols, please help us bring back the veneration of the wounds of Jesus Christ, for we acknowledge His Precious Blood as true a sign of salvation, cleansing and purifcation.

As we lovingly recall the wounds that pierced your hands, feet and side, like beloved Jesus Christ, we not only remember the blood He shed as you also shed in pain, along with your smile, and the invisible halo of sweet smelling flowers that surrounded your presence, certainly the Scent of The Lord, symbolic as the perfume of sanctity.

Padre Pio, may the healings of the sick become the testimony that the Lord has invited you to join the holy company of Saints. In your kindness, please help me with my own special request: (mention here your petition, and make the sign of the Cross).

Bless me and my loved ones. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In Memoriam J.S.

The following quotes of Padre Pio tell how he looked after and loved his spiritual family:

‘I love my Spiritual Children as much as my own soul and even more.’

‘Once I take a soul on, I also take on their entire family as my spiritual children.’

‘To my Spiritual Children, my prayers for you will never be lacking.’

‘If one of my spiritual children ever goes astray, I shall leave my flock and seek him out.’


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A very nice photo essay on Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)


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St. Padre Pio exhumed, body is “well preserved”.

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ROME, Mar 3, 2008 / 02:15 pm (CNA).- In the most discrete manner possible, the body of St. Padre Pio was exhumed at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning by a group of medical experts, while Church representatives observed.

Padre Pio was buried September 27, 1968 at the San Giovanni Rotondo shrine, just four days after he died.

“The body is well preserved” said Bishop Domenico D’Ambrosio of San Giovanni Rotondo-Manfredonia-Vieste, who observed the removal of the saint’s remains.

For more details, including a 2 minute video on the life of this great saint, click here.