Blessed Be This Day

Today is All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day (thus explaining why October 31 is Halloween – or All Hallows’ Eve). In Western Christianity, this Holy Day is celebrated by the Catholic Church as well as a number of Protestant Churches. November 1 is also the day before All Souls’ Day, more closely associated with Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholics and Byzantine Lutheran churches. Roman Catholics observed both.

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Feast of the Little Rose

It’s been a little while since we’ve talked faith. With all this pandemic and social unrest and fear-driven distractions, faith should be in the forefront. For many of us on a personal level, faith has been center stage even if we haven’t been vocal about sharing it.

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A Feast for Saint Mary Magdalene

Today is the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene. Hers is a relatively new Feast Day to the Catholic Calendar. On June 3, 2016, the Holy see raised the liturgical rank of the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene to a Feast Day. Mary Magdalene is considered to be the Apostle to the Apostles.

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Beef Daube for Saint Bernadette

Saint Bernadette is unusual in that she has two feast days. The first is today, February 18th. This is the day her Lady promised to make her happy, not in this life, but in the next. This is the day recognized in France to be her feast day. The second is April 16th. It was the day she died, the day the Catholic Church tells us she went to heaven. Saint Bernadette was only 35 years old.

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A Humble Man’s Feast

Today is the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Saint Thomas, a Doctor of the Church, was a Dominican Friar, Priest, philosopher and theologian. He is considered one of the greatest theologians of all time.

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Feast Day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was born on August 28, 1774 to wealth and social prominence in New York City. She was the first person born in what would become the United States of America to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Today, 199 years since her death, is the Feast Day of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

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Saint Lucia’s Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights and Saint Lucia’s Feast Day marks the beginning of the Christmas Season in some countries, especially Sweden, Norway and the Swedish-speaking areas of Finland. The day honors Saint Lucia (Saint Lucy); one of the earliest Christian Martyrs.

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Honoring Saint Bernadette with Chicken Cordon Bleu

Hey There everyone. Happy National Battery Day, Crab Stuffed Flounder Day and National Wine Drinking Day. Also, it’s Presidents Day, so this day is jam-packed with reason to celebrate. As a Catholic, let me also wish you a happy Feast Day of Saint Bernadette Soubirous.

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Polenta and the Feast of John Bosco

saint john bosco1John Bosco was born near Castelnuovo in the archdiocese of Turin, Italy in 1815. He was raised by his mother, Margaret, as his father had died when John was a toddler of only two. Saint John Bosco founded the Salesian Society and dedicated his life to the welfare and education of the youth. He is the patron saint of apprentices; boys; teachers; laborers; schoolchildren; students of all ages and (my personal favorite) juvenile delinquents.

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The Feast of Saint Anthony and Hot Buttered Rum

January 17th is the Feast of Saint Anthony the Abbot and the blessing of domestic animals. Saint Anthony the Abbot was a hermit-saint in the fourth century who died in the deserts of Egypt.

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