07 June 2007


I was chosen by St. Matthew the Apostle.
St. Matthew is my blog's Saint of the Year. Seminarian Matthew was kind enough to do the pickin' and asked me if I had any connection or stories about St. Matthew. Well, now I do! The bible study I attend, Called by Faith (see below), was debating whether to study Revelation or the Gospel of Matthew this coming fall. I really, really wanted to study Revelation. However, the group chose the Gospel of Matthew. I was really disappointed. Very disappointed. I guess this is St. Matthew's way of tapping me on the shoulder and letting me know that I'm sure to get a lot out of the study. Thank you St. Matthew, for opening my eyes!

This weekend, the Church of St. Agnes will dedicate its social hall in honor of Monsignor Schuler immediately after the Corpus Christi procession.

The Holy Father was unhurt, thanks be to God, after a German man tried to jump into his jeep. The story was all over the news and Father Z blogged about it a few posts ago. Am sure you heard about it. Way to go Swiss Guard!!!!

Dr. Ray Guarendi, heard in the Twin Cities on Relevant Radio 1330AM, can be seen on EWTN this week and next doing a series called, "What Catholics Believe." It is a point-counter point format with Father Kevin Fete (sp?). It airs at 5pm CST.

The priests of Miles Christi are having Silent Ignatian Retreats at various places throughout the US. (I received their flier but am unfamiliar with them, maybe you are.) "The Spiritual Exercises are a silent retreat based on the well-proven method of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The Priests of Miles Christi, devoted to the preaching of these Ignatian retreats, frequently offer them in a weekend format. Throughout the centuries, the Spiritual Exercises have shown to be an excellent means of sanctification, highly praised by Popes and Saints."

A new book on St. Monica is out. St. Monica, The Power of a Mother's Love, by Fr. Giovanni Falbo is available from Pauline Books and Media. "Using extensive excerpts from the writings of St. Augustine, notably from his Confessions, Fr. Giovanni Falbo sheds new light on Monica’s patience, sweetness, and unwavering determination. This mother never yielded in her efforts to see her beloved son find comfort and peace in God, and she endured countless sacrifices and health risks in her quest to help Augustine embrace the faith. Monica’s quiet wisdom and courage, coupled with her earnest tears and prayers to God, bore fruit she could only have dreamed of.

“Monica is a shining example for families today, bringing them courage and hope by guaranteeing that with the grace of God, good will, and perseverance, any difficulty can be overcome in building a true Christian family founded upon the values of the Gospel”— Fr. Giovanni Falbo

This title includes an index of references to Monica within St. Augustine’s works. It also features black and white photos of basilicas and churches honoring Monica and Augustine."

Adoremus Books has a coupon for 20% off your entire order. Discount code STP67, which is good until 2 Jul 2007. Also, free shipping on orders over $25.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Hastings, MN, is hosting Exodus and First Corinthians, part of the Great Adventure Bible Study by Jeff Cavins. Classes are on Thursday nights from 7-9, starting 20 Sep 2007. Cost is $75 before 1 Aug 2007, or $85 afterwards. Also, Called by Faith is hosting the Gospel of Matthew bible study with lectures by Father Echert at St. Augustine's in South St. Paul, starting at the same time. Cost is $60. See my earlier post for more information.

"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around." - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, 1908
A quote in honor of the Chesterton conference coming up June 14-16 at the University of St. Thomas.

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