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Would St. Jerome Go to the Library?

ShareToday is the feast of St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, patron of libraries.  The most scholarly of the church’s early theologians, Jerome has an extensive list of writings.  His commentaries and letters offer a peek into fourth-century life in Rome, but he is probably best known for translating the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate).  […]

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St. Raphael: An Angel with Many Hats?

ShareOn September 29, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the three Archangels who have been venerated throughout the history of the Church: Michael (from the Hebrew Who Is Like God?), who defends the friends of God against Satan and all his evil angels; Gabriel (the Power of God), chosen by the Creator to announce […]

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Pope Urban: Patron of Nonsmokers?

ShareOnce upon a time, I took home delivery of the Detroit Free Press—allowing its ink to smear my fingers, spread to my cheek, leave smudges on the kitchen table.  To my irritation, my children left it around, comic pages spread wide on the living room floor.  My husband read the Sports Page instead of engaging […]

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Getting All Puffed Up Over Mushrooms

Share“Darn,” I thought.  “The raccoons have been in the trash cans again.   There are paper plates all over the yard!”   But no.  On closer inspection, what first brought scowls, then smiles, was a congregation of plate-sized mushrooms that had sprung up, courtesy of a gentle rainfall, and now turned faces heavenward to bask in the […]

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Two Doors, Seven Locks: Preserving the Crown of Saintly King Wenceslaus

ShareYou may not know this—who thinks of St. Wenceslaus except at Christmastime?—but today, September 28, is his feastday. Wenceslaus was born in 903 to a Christian father and a pagan mother.  It was his devout grandmother, St. Ludmilla, who educated Wenceslaus in the Christian faith. After Wenceslaus’ father, Duke Wratislaw, died, his pagan mother Dragomir […]

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