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[15 Nov 2013 | Comments Off on St. José Maria Pigattelli, SJ | ]
St. José Maria Pigattelli, SJ

Fleeing the Province of Aragón, thirty-year-old José took responsibility for 500 Jesuits traveling first to Corsica and then to Genoa and finally on to Bologna. He would eventually establish a Jesuit novitiate to keep alive the giving of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and the handing on of the Constitutions of the Society.

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[12 Oct 2013 | Comments Off on The Kid Who Didn’t Know He’d be a Saint | ]
The Kid Who Didn’t Know He’d be a Saint

The unexpected life of Angelo Roncolli.

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[20 Jan 2013 | 33 Comments | ]
St. Marianne Cope

Saint Marianne Cope was born Barbara Koob January 23, 1838 in what is now Hessen, West Germany. In 1839, the year following Barbara’s birth, the family emigrated to Utica, N.Y.
Barbara experienced a call to religious life at an early age. However, the desire to follow her vocation was delayed nine years because of family obligations. As the oldest child at home, and after completing an eighth grade education, she went to work in a textile mill to support the family when her father became an invalid. Only when her nine …

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[12 Dec 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

There is, arguably, no other devotion to our Blessed Mother more revered and with more devotees, than Our Lady of Guadalupe, “patroness of the Americas.”  Since appearing to the humble Aztec peasant, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin in 1531, devotion to La Virgen de Guadalupe has grown into a popular religiosity that, for some, is part of the very fabric of their lives.  What are some other devotions that you have that you’re willing to share with fellow discerners?  What do you “get out of” your faithful devotions? Share your comments below.

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[23 Nov 2012 | 8 Comments | ]

~by Fr. Radmar Jao, SJ
No Jesuit, let alone anyone (I imagine), ever seeks martyrdom.  Martyrdom tends to find you.  One lives life to the best of his or her ability, standing up for what is right, and avoiding what he or she determines is wrong or unjust; living the faith with integrity and zeal, not always knowing that they are threatening the “powers that be,” before BAM!  They are shot, or beheaded, or dismembered, or tortured.  Martyrdom.  It has always seemed odd to me that we Catholics tend  to hold …