October 21st is the feast day of St. Ursula, a holy woman and martyr shrouded in mystery. According to legend she was a princess from Britain who was martyred by the Huns in Cologne, Germany. Included in her feast day are her 11,000 companions who were massacred by her side, mostly virgin handmaids in her royal entourage.
St. Jose Sanchez del Rio served with the Cristeros army in the defense of the Catholic Church against the Mexican dictator Plutarco Calles. From a young age he had a great love for Christ and strongly desired to die for his faith. Although a child, he pleaded to be allowed to fight alongside his brothers in the Cristero War, for freedom of religion in his country and for the love God.
St. Jude Thaddeus, relative of Jesus and one of His 12 Apostles, is the patron saint of hopeless situations and impossible causes, and it is said that his novena prayed by the desperate has never been known to fail. Those who come to him in faith in their time of need have always been given some sign, grace, answer, or consolation that their prayers were heard.
St. Ignatius of Antioch was tireless in supporting his flock against dangerous heresies and the terrors of the persecutions of the Roman Emperors. When Ignatius violated the imperial edict to worship false gods, he was arrested and led before the Emperor Trajan. After boldly proclaiming the truth of Jesus Christ, he was taken from Syria to Italy and condemned to be publicly devoured by wild beasts at the Colosseum in Rome.
Below we’ve put together a gift selection for those who have a devotion to one of our newest (and greatest!) heavenly intercessors. Each of these Catholic gifts commemorating Pope Saint John Paul II will undoubtedly help foster love for and devotion to this new patron saint. And hopefully, with his closeness and intercession, help you to become the saint he desires you to be.
In her apparitions the Blessed Mother always has a mission, a specific message, to proclaim. What was the message of Our Lady of Fatima to the world? According to this Message of Fatima Document from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions.”
October 12th, in addition to being Columbus Day, is also the feast day of Our Lady of the Pillar, patroness of all Hispanic peoples. While not one of the most widely known titles of Our Lady, it is the oldest, and has a most fascinating story that you will be delighted to read. Tradition has it that the Blessed Virgin Mary, sometime before her bodily Assumption into heaven, appeared to the Apostle St. James the Elder while he was living and preaching in Spain.
Fr. Hubert Schiffer and three of his fellow Jesuit missionary priests serving in Japan survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima by faithfully praying the rosary. The bomb exploded just 8 blocks from the Jesuit Church of Our Lady’s Assumption in Hiroshima. They credited their survival to Our Lady of the Rosary. Here is what happened:
“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace. + God became man, + and the Word was made flesh. + Christ was born of a virgin. + Christ suffered. + Christ was crucified. + Christ died. + Christ rose from the dead. + Christ ascended into Heaven. + Christ conquers. + Christ reigns. + Christ orders. + May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning.