Posts Tagged ‘saints’

For Pentecost

For Pentecost, is it worth remembering that the burden of the Holy Spirit is an honor and a danger. Every one of the Apostles except St. John the Evangelist died a martyr’s death.

  1. Peter was crucified upside down
  2. James the Great (Son of Zebedee) was beheaded
  3. James the Younger was cast off the Southeast pinnacle of the Temple. When the 100 foot drop did not fully kill him, he was beaten to death with clubs.
  4. Andrew was crucified on an X shaped cross after being scourged. He preached to his tormentors to his last breath.
  5. Bartholomew had his skin flayed off
  6. Jude Thaddeus was shot through with arrows
  7. Simon the Zealot was crucified
  8. Phillip was beheaded
  9. Thomas was stabbed to death with a spear
  10. Matthias was stoned then beheaded.
  11. Matthew was killed with a sword
  12. John the Evangelist was thrown into a vat of boiling oil. When he miraculously survived he was sent to prison on the Isle of Patmos where he died years later.
  13. Mark was dragged to death by horses.
  14. Luke was hanged to death
  15. Paul was beheaded

The blog for the Archdiocese of Washington is the source for this list, and the following meditation:

What will you suffer for handing on the faith? The martyrs went to death to proclaim Christ but some us cannot bear if some one merely raises an eyebrow at us or scoffs. Merely being less popular or excluded from  the world’s admiration is too high a price for many. The next time you recite the Creed at Mass remember those words are written with blood. The next time you kids protest going to Church or your teenager scorns the faith you insist they practice, remember that others have faced far more formidable does than an unhappy child. The next time you are challenged for your faith and merely have to  risk ridicule, remember others suffered (and still suffer) prison. Many were (and still are) killed for it.

Good words!


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Today, 23 April, we celebrate the Feast of Saint George, soldier, dragon-slayer and one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

Saint George is the patron saint of Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Beirut, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Milan, Preston, Barcelona and Moscow.  He is the patron of the Romani people in Eastern Europe, and the patron of sufferers of skin diseases.

George is also the Patron Saint of Boy Scouts. Robert Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, included this essay in the original Scouting book Scouting for Boys:

The Knights of the Round Table had as their patron saint St. George, because he was the only one of all the saints who was a horseman. He is the Patron Saint of cavalry from which the word Chivalry is derived, and the special saint of England.

Therefore, all Scouts should know his story.

St. George was born in Cappadocia in the year AD 303. He enlisted as a cavalry soldier when he was seventeen, and soon became renowned for his bravery.

St. George’s Day is April 23rd, and on that day all Scouts remind themselves of their Promise and of the Scout Law. Not that a Scout every forgets either, but on St. George’s Day he makes a special point of thinking about them. Remember this when April 23rd comes round again.

Baden-Powell had a favorite rhyme about Saint George that he also included in Scouting for Boys:

My warmest good wishes I am sending to you
And hoping that the winter is through
You will start out afresh to follow the lead
Of our Patron Saint George and his spirited steed;
Not only to tackle what ever my befall,
But also successfully to win through it all
And then may you have an enjoyable spell
Of hiking, and jolly good camping as well.

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From the Catholic Encyclopedia:

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

At Saul (Sabhall), St. Patrick received the summons to his reward on 17 March, 493. St. Tassach administered the last sacraments to him. His remains were wrapped in the shroud woven by St. Brigid’s own hands. The bishops and clergy and faithful people from all parts crowded around his remains to pay due honour to the Father of their Faith. Some of the ancient Lives record that for several days the light of heaven shone around his bier. His remains were interred at the chieftan’s Dun or Fort two miles from Saul, where in after times arose the cathedral of Down.

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A few nights ago, I found a link to “If the Saints Wrote Conversations Hearts” over on the Acts of the Apostasy blog. Blogger LarryD has some great candy hearts with saintly inscriptions. Here’s one of his:

St. Benedict

Just in time for St. Valentine’s Day, LarryD’s work inspired me to try a few. Here one for Saint Dominic and a few other members of the Communion of Saints:

St. Dominc Guzman, OP

St. Nicholas

Blessed John Paul II

The creation tool is here if you want to give it a shot. Good luck!

Hat tip Paul Camarata at the SaintCast

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Fra Angelico's 'All Saints'From the Secular Franciscan Order, a patron saints quiz:

  1. Who is the Patron of items that were lost?
  2. Which Saint is the Patron of heart patients?
  3. The popular Saint of desperate cases is _____________
  4. Who was the apostle of Emilia and is the Patron of cancer patients?
  5. St. Raphael is the Patron of _______________

Check out the full quiz (and the answers to the above questions) here:


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Madonna and Child with Six Saints by Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510)
Tempera on panel, 1470
66 7/8 x 76 3/8 inches (170 x 194 cm)
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The saints are standing, (L-R) Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Alexandria and, kneeling, Cosmas and Damian.

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Six new statues grace the Houston’s co-cathedral. Each linden-wood statue is 8 feet tall and weighs over 600 lbs. They represent three Old World and three New World saints. See if you can tell who they are:

St. AnthonySt. ThereseSt. Joseph

St. MartinSt. Elizabeth Ann SetonSt. Juan Diego

The Archdioceses has details on these statues and the saints they represent.

In January, the Houston Chronicle posted a video highlighting the installation of the statues.

Sadly, not all is well with the statues of Houston, as detailed in this Catholic News Agency report:

Houston church vandalized twice during Holy Week

Houston, Mar 27, 2008 (CNA).- During Holy Week a Catholic church in Houston was targeted by iconoclastic vandals who in separate incidents damaged two statues of the Virgin Mary and sprayed an anti-Catholic slur on the church building.

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