Tag Archives: Catholic feast days

St. Lucy’s Day

I’m getting a little tired of all these saints, especially the female ones who always seem to have taken a vow of virginity, like the girls with those current-day purity rings, which seem really creepy to me (putting your father … Continue reading

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St. Barbara and the Chumash Indians

The Chumash Indians believed the stars in the Milky Way were human souls on their way to a heavenly paradise in the western sky. In this paradise the souls would be cleansed, and then return to the womb of a … Continue reading

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Catherine Labourés miraculous medal

If you look at my word cloud, you might be forgiven for thinking I’m an expert on George W. Bush, and so if you arrived at my site as someone did the other day with the query “What time did … Continue reading

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St. Catherine’s Day

Saints are undoubtedly very much like George W. Bush in that they probably don’t pay much attention to polls. If they did, however, St. Catherine of Alexandria would find herself way up in the pantheon. They call her one of … Continue reading

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John the Baptist, Michael Jackson, and Ted Kennedy

On the day they celebrate (celebrate?) John the Baptist’s execution, where his cut-off head was delivered to Salome by the stepfather she seduced with a dance; and on the day Michael Jackson, who apparently had a hard time sleeping, was … Continue reading

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The Assumption

Here’s a story I’d never heard before, despite all my years of Roman Catholic indoctrination. Shortly after Jesus died, St. Thomas was preaching in India when he found himself suddenly swept up in a swirling cloud. He ended up hovering … Continue reading

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Feast of St. Martha

Lazarus had been dead in his tomb for four days, but when Jesus called him he walked out, alive. Maybe he was just sleeping in there, like those seven Ephesians, but the gospel of John gives us the very interesting … Continue reading

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Feast of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus

They look so sweet there, crowded into that little cave, while the Roman emperor’s minions are sealing it up. They were supposed to go up the mountain and stop believing in Jesus; instead they fell asleep. When the cave was … Continue reading

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Feast of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome

If you ever find yourself bored at an anti-abortion rally you can look quite pious by burying yourself in a copy of Butler’s Lives of the Saints. Today, you’d be able to read about all the Christians Nero blamed for … Continue reading

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The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

You can always tell when the Planned Parenthood clinic in Media is open by the groups of grim-faced people clustered outside holding grisly signs. It’s quite a scene, what with all the muttering, praying people; the clinic escorts; and a … Continue reading

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