Celtic saint of the day 29th April

St. Endellion, Virgin, Nun, Recluse (Endelient) 6th century. Near Port Isaac, on the north coast of Cornwall, is the little village of Endellion, where the Roscarrock family made their home for four hundred years, and where Nicholas, to whom we owe so much information about the saints of Cornwall was born. He lived through the [...]

Saint of the day 29th April

St. Catherine of Siena Lived: (1347-1380) | Feast Day: Friday, April 29, 2016 The value Catherine makes central in her short life and which sounds clearly and consistently through her experience is complete surrender to Christ. What is most impressive about her is that she learns to view her surrender to her Lord as a [...]

Celtic saint of the day 25th April

St. Maughold of Man, Bishop (Macaille, Maccaldus, Machalus, Machella, Maghor, Maccul)     Died c. 488. Saint Maughold was an Irish prince and reputedly a captain of robbers who was converted by Patrick. Upon his conversion, he became a new man by putting on the spirit of Christ. One version of the legend says that [...]

St. Mark the Evangelist – 25th April

St. Mark

Lived: | Feast Day: Monday, April 25, 2016

Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. (When Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark’s mother.)

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“After their departure [of Peter and Paul from earth], Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, did also hand down to us in writing what had been preached by Peter” – (St. Irenaeus ‘Against Heresies’ 3.1.1).

Each of the four gospel accounts gives us a portrait of Jesus, His life, mission, and teaching. Each is different in style, length, and emphasis, but they all have a common thread and purpose – the proclamation of the good news (gospel) of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – (Mark 1:15). Among the four gospels, St. Mark’s account is unique in many ways. It is the shortest account and seems to be the earliest. Mark the Evangelist was an associate of St. Peter and wrote his gospel in Rome where Peter was based. He wrote…

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Saint of the Day April 24th

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen     Lived: (1577-1622) | Feast Day: Sunday, April 24, 2016 If a poor man needed some clothing, Fidelis would often give the man the clothes right off his back. Complete generosity to others characterized this saint's life. Born in 1577, Mark Rey (Fidelis was his religious name) became a lawyer [...]

A Wounded Hand Nailed to the Cross — ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAITH AND LIFE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7vvPXz-Qes A Retreat and Pilgrimage to Panagia Eleousa, Mikrokastro — Reflections A retreat! Amidst various Lenten temptations and “the purifying draught of dishonour, sneers, derision and insults”! Mikrokastro monastery is my haven of peace, silence, hesychia and spiritual refreshment under the protecting Veil of the Theotokos. The grace-filled presence of Panagia Eleousa and the mesmerizing [...]

Inspirational Thomas Aquinas Quotes – Calm quotes

Saint Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225 – 7 March 1274) was an Italian Catholic philosopher and theologian. He is the most famous classical proponent of natural theology. Thomas Aquinas gave birth to the Thomistic school of thought (Thomism), which has long been the primary philosophical and theological approach of the Catholic Church. This article features inspirational [...]

St. Porphyrios and a Nightingale

Orthodoxy and the World: Pilgrimages, Missions, Everyday Saints and other Stories by an Orthodox City Hermit St. Porphyrios and a Nightingale One morning I was walking alone in the virgin forest. Everything, freshened by the morning dew, was shining in the sunlight. I found myself in a gorge. I walked through it and sat on a [...]

Celtic saints of the day 18th April

St. Laserian of Leighlin, Bishop (Laisren, Molaisse, Lamliss) 18 April Born in Ireland; died April 18, c. 639. Probably identical to Saint Lamliss (f.d. March 3), Saint Laserian was the grandson of King Aidan of Scotland, nephew of Saint Blane (f.d. August 11), and son of Cairel and Blitha. This noble Ulster couple entrusted the education [...]

A Living Hymn

  Demons and angels—our darkest impulses and our noblest aspirations—clash in our deepest core. We advance not by slaying the demons, but by accepting them for what they are, pitying them, and slowly, painstakingly converting them, until both of our sides harmonize as notes in a living hymn. -from Perfect Joy