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St. Patrick: Man, Myth & Holiday

St. Patrick's Story

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. Many legends and stories of St. Patrick exsist, but this is his story.

St. Patrick's Day Quotes

St. Patrick's day quotes that help sum up this rowdy and revered holiday

Irish Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Irish style with "the freshest of food and oldest of drink."

St. Patrick's Day Challenge

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John Kinsella

It is Not too late for a Musical St. Patrick's Day.

By Robert Reilly • Catholic Online • 3/30/2014

The quality of these four works by John Kinsella is such that the fact that all 10 symphonies are not available in recordings constitutes some kind of scandal. There is no room here to give individual impressions of the four symphonies. In general, I would say that Kinsella offers a potent ...

On the Day after St Patrick: We Need Saint Patrick's for a New Missionary Age

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/18/2014

Patrick teaches us some effective strategies for our work in the contemporary culture of the West.  When Patrick once again landed in Ireland in 432, tasked by the Holy Spirit with evangelizing a pagan people, he drew from a deep, living, dynamic faith. He understood the challenges he ...

St. Patrick is a Model for this new missionary age

St. Patrick: Saint for the New Evangelization and Missionary Model for Today

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

We need to learn from this great missionary for our work in a Pre-Christian West. Patrick saw what was good in the culture and "baptized" what could be redeemed. He respected the civil order, but never compromised the true faith. He won the next generation, preaching the Gospel without compromise ...

Saint Patrick in blue vestments.

Bet you didn't know these 10 things about St. Patrick and Ireland!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

The most kids know of St. Patrick 's Day is that you must wear green or you'll get a pinch from your friends. Adults see the day as an occasion to celebrate, sometimes with green beer and other assorted alcoholic beverages. However, few really know what they are celebrating or why the holiday is so ...

After the Corned Beef: St. Patrick Challenges Modern Christians to be Missionaries

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

We need to learn a lesson from this great missionary. He saw what was good in the culture and "baptized" what could be redeemed. He respected the civil order, but never compromised the faith. Then, he went for the next generation with all his efforts, preaching the Gospel without compromise and ...

St. Patrick in the Catholic Encyclopedia

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Croagh Patrick, i.e. St. Patrick's mountain. This mountain was one of his places of retreat and stories state this is where his ministry to Ireland began.

St. Patrick's Purgatory, one of his chosen places of solitude and retreat was the island of Lough Derg.

Patrician Brothers, founding the Religious congregation of the Brothers of Saint Patrick.

Maynooth College, the National College of Saint Patrick, at Maynooth in County Kildare, about twelve miles from Dublin, founded in the year 1795.

Marie de France contributions to French literature consist of lays, the "Ysopet", and a romance published by Roquefort under the title, "Legend of the Purgatory of Saint Patrick"

Aubrey Thomas Hunt de Vere traces the progress of spiritual thought in the development of the nations, notably Ireland, in "The Legend of St. Patrick" (London, 1872)

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Saint of the Day: St. John Bosco

St. John Bosco

What do dreams have to with prayer? Aren't they just random images of our mind? In 1867 Pope Pius IX was upset with John Bosco because he wouldn't take his dreams seriously enough. Nine years earlier when Pope Pius IX met with the future saint who worked with neglected boys, he learned of the dreams that John had been having since the age of nine, dreams that ... continue reading



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Sts. Joachim and Anne

Sts. Joachim and Anne

By tradition Joachim and Anne are considered to be the names of the parents of Mary, the Mother of God. We have no historical evidence, however, of any elements of their lives, including their names. Any stories about Mary's father and mother come to us through legend and tradition. We get the oldest story from a document called the Gospel of James, though ... continue reading


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St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief princes," and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. He has been ... continue reading



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Irenaeus of Lyon wrote these words - The glory of God gives life; those who see God receive life. For this reason, God-who cannot be grasped, comprehended, or seen-allows Himself to be seen, comprehended, and grasped by men, that He may give life to those who see and receive Him. It is impossible to live without life, and the actualization of life comes from participation in God, while participation in God is to see God and enjoy His goodness.
Learning from St Irenaeus How to Know God

This great defender of the faith insisted on the central claim of Christianity: God can be known and loved-indeed, that is why He came ... continue reading

Teresa of Avila was a mystic as well as an active and effective disciple of Jesus Christ. She demonstrates that the two expressions of the one Christian Way of Life can and should work together in our own experience - no matter what out vocation or state in life. This insight lies at the heart of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council's on the Universal Call to Holiness.
Femine Genius, Holiness and St. Teresa of Avila

If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and ... continue reading




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