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St Isaac Jogues

"O God, who chose to manifest the blessed hope of your eternal Kingdom by the toil of Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and their companions and by the shedding of their blood, graciously grant …More
"O God, who chose to manifest the blessed hope of your eternal Kingdom by the toil of Saints John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues and their companions and by the shedding of their blood, graciously grant that through their intercession the faith of Christians may be strengthened day by day. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." – Collect for the feast of St Isaac Jogues, St John de Brébeuf and companion martyrs, Co-patrons of Canada. Today, 19 October, is their feast day. Stained glass window from the National Shrine of St Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MA.
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St Luke

"Lord God, who chose Saint Luke to reveal by his preaching and writings the mystery of your love for the poor, grant that those who already glory in your name may persevere as one heart and one soul …More
"Lord God, who chose Saint Luke to reveal by his preaching and writings the mystery of your love for the poor, grant that those who already glory in your name may persevere as one heart and one soul and that all nations may merit to see your salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." – Collect for the feast of St Luke (18 Oct). Stained glass from Marylebone Parish Church in London.
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St Ignatius of Antioch

"Almighty ever-living God, who adorn the sacred body of your Church with the confessions of holy Martyrs, grant, we pray, that, just as the glorious passion of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, which we …More
"Almighty ever-living God, who adorn the sacred body of your Church with the confessions of holy Martyrs, grant, we pray, that, just as the glorious passion of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, which we celebrate today, brought him eternal splendor, so it may be for us unending protection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." – Collect for the feast of St Ignatius of Antioch (17 October). This sculpture of the Saint is from the facade of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC.
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St Gerard Majella

16 October is the feast of St Gerard Majella, a Redemptorist lay brother who died on this day in 1755, aged 29. He is patron of unborn children, women in childbirth, mothers, expectant mothers, …More
16 October is the feast of St Gerard Majella, a Redemptorist lay brother who died on this day in 1755, aged 29. He is patron of unborn children, women in childbirth, mothers, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, good confessions, and lay brothers. This stained glass is in the Redemptorist church in Toronto.
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Chasuble for St Teresa's Canonization

The Carmelite Doctor of the Church, St Teresa of Avila died on 15 October 1582. She was canonized on 22 March 1622, along with three of her greatest contemporaries: St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis …More
The Carmelite Doctor of the Church, St Teresa of Avila died on 15 October 1582. She was canonized on 22 March 1622, along with three of her greatest contemporaries: St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Philip Neri. This chasuble was donated by the Duke of Alba to the Carmelites on the occasion of St Teresa's canonization.
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Cell of St Teresa's Death

St Teresa of Avila died on this day (15 October) in 1582 in this room in Alba de Tormes. As she lay in bed, she said: “O my Lord, and my spouse, the desired hour is now come.The hour is at last come,…More
St Teresa of Avila died on this day (15 October) in 1582 in this room in Alba de Tormes. As she lay in bed, she said: “O my Lord, and my spouse, the desired hour is now come.The hour is at last come, wherein I shall pass out of this exile, and my soul shall enjoy in thy company what it hath so earnestly longed for.”
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If a goldsmith extensively decorates the chalice, will it cease to be a chalice?
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Fairly certain it's been extensively decorated since the saint's death. That is no "cell".
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The Heart of St Teresa of Avila

“I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart and to pierce my very entrails; when he …More
“I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it. The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual; though the body has its share in it, even a large one. It is a caressing of love so sweet which now takes place between the soul and God, that I pray God of His goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying." – St Teresa of Avila describing the ecstatic mystical experience of the transverberation of her heart. This is the relic of her heart with the wound of the dart visible. The relic is in the Carmelite convent of Alba de Tormes, …More

Be Directed by the Holy Spirit

"You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires. Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit." – Galatians 5:24f, which is part of …More
"You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires. Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit." – Galatians 5:24f, which is part of today's 1st reading at Mass. Painting from the museum at the church of the Annunciation in Alba de Tormes, where St Teresa is buried.
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St Edward the Confessor

"Born in 1003, St Edward died at Westminster on 5 January 1066. He became king of England in 1042, the last of the old Anglo-Saxon line; his death precipitated the Norman invasion of 1066. Commonly …More
"Born in 1003, St Edward died at Westminster on 5 January 1066. He became king of England in 1042, the last of the old Anglo-Saxon line; his death precipitated the Norman invasion of 1066. Commonly known as the 'Confessor', he was regarded as a saint during his lifetime, renowned for his generosity to the Church and to the poor, and because of the readiness with which he listened to his subject's grievances. His relics were translated on this day in 1163 to a new shrine in Westminster Abbey, which foundation he had richly endowed and expanded." This roundel of the sainted king is on the north side of Westminster Cathedral.
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Jonah

"The crowds got even bigger, and Jesus addressed them: ‘This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to …More
"The crowds got even bigger, and Jesus addressed them: ‘This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here.’" – Luke 11:29-32, which is today's Gospel at Mass. Mosaic from the Rosary Basilica in Lourdes of the prophet Jonah.
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Cast into Outer Darkness

""But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was …More
""But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen.'" – Matthew 22:11-14, which is part of today's Gospel at Mass. My sermon for today can be read here. Detail from the tympanum over the central west doors of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
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Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval de Manila

Saturdays are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The second Sunday of October is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary under the title of 'La Naval de Manila' because in 1646, a naval battle …More
Saturdays are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The second Sunday of October is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary under the title of 'La Naval de Manila' because in 1646, a naval battle against Protestant Dutch ships (despite terrible odds against the two Spanish-Filipino ships) was won. This statue of La Naval de Manila was carved in ivory in 1593 by a Chinese immigrant who later converted to Christianity, and the statue was entrusted to the Dominican friars who still keep the statue in their church of Santo Domingo in Quezon City.
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St Louis Bertrand

"In Christian iconography, St Louis Bertrand is often portrayed holding a chalice from which serpents are emerging. [This] recalls the story of [Saint] Louis' missionary preaching in South America. …More
"In Christian iconography, St Louis Bertrand is often portrayed holding a chalice from which serpents are emerging. [This] recalls the story of [Saint] Louis' missionary preaching in South America. A native priest, showing his jealous contempt for our saint, gave him a chalice of poison at the Holy Mass. Louis made the sign of the Cross over the toxic potion, and serpents sprang from the chalice, thus revealing its true contents and saving his life." Today, 9 October, is the feast of St Louis Bertrand (aka Luis Beltran) who is the Dominican patron saint of novice masters and novitiates. This painting hangs in the priory of Santa Sabina in Rome.
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Pray, Ask, Seek

"‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; …More
"‘So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him." – Luke 11:10, which is part of today's Gospel at Mass. My sermon for today can be read here. This photo is a detail from Sassoferrato's painting of Our Lady of the Rosary in Santa Sabina, Rome. The Christ Child is giving the Rosary to St Catherine of Siena, for the Rosary is given to us to teach us to pray persistently and with trust, as Jesus tells us in today's Gospel.
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Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

"The truths that we ponder and that we proclaim in the Holy Rosary, therefore, point us to Mankind’s deepest happiness which is found in union with Christ. The Rosary contemplates with Mary, Mother …More
"The truths that we ponder and that we proclaim in the Holy Rosary, therefore, point us to Mankind’s deepest happiness which is found in union with Christ. The Rosary contemplates with Mary, Mother of the Redeemed, all that our merciful Redeemer, Jesus Christ, has accomplished for humanity: God has become Man, so that Man might become God, united to him through the grace of charity. This is the beautiful vision that we Christians have to recall, and the Holy Rosary continually holds this vision of our salvation before us, thus widening our focus from this world and its many worries and concerns, and leading our gaze heavenwards, towards Our Lady, Queen of Heaven. Thus, may the Blessed Virgin, Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. " The rest of my sermon for today's feast of the Holy Rosary can be read here. Stained glass in the Rosary Shrine in London.
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Victory at Lepanto

"On this day in 1571, as Pope Leo XIII put it so stirringly, “Christ’s faithful warriors, prepared to sacrifice their life and blood for the salvation of their faith and their country; [they] …More
"On this day in 1571, as Pope Leo XIII put it so stirringly, “Christ’s faithful warriors, prepared to sacrifice their life and blood for the salvation of their faith and their country; [they] proceeded undauntedly to meet their foe near the Gulf of Corinth, while those who were unable to take part formed a pious band of supplicants who called on Mary, and as [with one unified voice they] saluted her again and again in the words of the Rosary, imploring her to grant the victory to their companions engaged in battle”. For if the Turkish forces had won, there is no doubt that the Christian faith would have been extinguished in Europe, as had happened in the Middle East, and in north Africa, and in so many other formerly Christian countries and cities. So, Pope Pius V declared that it was by the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercession that this decisive victory was won at Lepanto in 1571, and he instituted the feast of Our Lady of Victory on 7 October, which was later renamed the feast of the …More

St Dominic receives the Rosary from Our Lady

"And so, today’s feast of the Holy Rosary widens our vision in a second way by focussing on the Incarnation which is recalled in the Gospel. The traditional Dominican Rosary is focussed on Christ’s …More
"And so, today’s feast of the Holy Rosary widens our vision in a second way by focussing on the Incarnation which is recalled in the Gospel. The traditional Dominican Rosary is focussed on Christ’s incarnation, and its joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries contemplate the cosmos-changing effects of Christ becoming Man. For we had been made in God’s image and likeness, but sin had deformed and defaced this image. So God became Man in order to restore the image of God in us. So, by his Incarnation, Passion, Death, and Resurrection, Christ heals humanity of the wound of sin, and then through grace which flows from Christ, we Christians are remade in the image and likeness of Christ; grace makes us beautiful as Christ is beautiful, loving as he is loving. When we meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary, then, our vision is widened as Christ teaches us how to please God, how to live in friendship with God, how to be more authentically human and truly free by loving more God and one …More

Saint Bruno

St Bruno, founder of the Carthusians holds the symbol that symbolises the motto of the Order: The Cross stands firm while the world revolves, ie changes. This statue of the saint stands outside the …More
St Bruno, founder of the Carthusians holds the symbol that symbolises the motto of the Order: The Cross stands firm while the world revolves, ie changes. This statue of the saint stands outside the Fatima Rosary Basilica looking down on the Cova de Iria where Our Lady of the Rosary appeared in 1917.
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St Catherine with Dominican Friars

"Almighty God, you called Blessed Raymond to seek your kingdom through a life of perfect charity. Strengthened by his prayers, may we rejoice in spirit and advance in the way of love." – Collect for …More
"Almighty God, you called Blessed Raymond to seek your kingdom through a life of perfect charity. Strengthened by his prayers, may we rejoice in spirit and advance in the way of love." – Collect for the feast of Bl. Raymund of Capua OP. Today, 5 October, is the feast of Blessed Raymund of Capua OP, Master of the Order, who in his younger days was assigned to Siena and served as spiritual director, scribe, and biographer of St Catherine of Siena. This relief sculpture of St Catherine is in Rome.
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Saint Francis of Assisi

For us Dominicans today’s feast of our holy father St Francis expresses the unique bond between the Friars Minor and the Friars Preachers, due to the affinity between the founders of these Orders in …More
For us Dominicans today’s feast of our holy father St Francis expresses the unique bond between the Friars Minor and the Friars Preachers, due to the affinity between the founders of these Orders in their historic mission in building up the Church. As Saint Catherine of Siena recorded of them most beautifully, ‘Truly Dominic and Francis were two pillars of Holy Church: Francis with the poverty that was his hallmark, and Dominic by his learning.’ We who follow them faithfully are taught to ‘become disciples of such humble masters.’ A contemporary of Saint Dominic, Francis (1182-1226), followed the poor Christ with an admirable simplicity, and the Crucified with singular charity. In living according to the form of the Gospel, he attracted to himself numerous brothers and sisters, whom he joyfully exhorted to love of poverty, praise of the Creator and obedience to the Church. He was marked with the stigmata of the Lord in 1224, and went happily to ‘Sister Death’ on 3 October 1226. He …More