Saint Sylvester 31 December 2016

Saint Sylvester and the Dragon Posted by Laura Gibbs • Jan 1st, 2009 The legendary lives of the saints were, once upon a time, as famous as stories from the Bible itself. Throughout the Middle Ages, the lives of the saints were well known all over Europe and those stories were told and retold in [...]

“I Am He” | The Life Project

“I Am He” Posted by Don Merritt on December 26, 2016 Posted in: Bible John 18:1-11 This text is not actually one of the seven “I Am” statements of John’s Gospel, but it does make an interesting study nonetheless. It takes place in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper at the time when [...]

Silent Night | BeautyBeyondBones

Silent Night POSTED ON DECEMBER 29, 2016 BY BEAUTYBEYONDBONES Whenever I go home to Ohio, probably one of the biggest adjustments to have to get used to, is…the quiet. Falling asleep, there is nothing. Maybe a distant train. Maybe the ticking of a clock. But it is silent. Especially in the winter. When there’s a [...]

Celtic and saint of the day Saint Egwin – 30 December 2016

Saint Egwin of Worcester Catholic Encyclopedia entry for Saint Egwin Third Bishop of Worcester; date of birth unknown; died (according to Mabillon) 20 December 720, though his death may have occurred three years earlier. His fame as founder of the great Abbey of Evesham no doubt tended to the growth of legends which, though mainly [...]

St. Thomas Becket -29 December 2016

There is a romantic legend that the mother of Thomas Becket was a Saracen princess who followed his father, a pilgrim or crusader, back from the Holy Land, and wandered about Europe repeating the only English words she knew, "London" and "Becket," until she found him. There is no foundation for the story. According to [...]

Holy Innocents – 28 December 2016

Holy Innocents  December 28. Based on an account in Saint Matthew’s Gospel, King Herod slaughtered a number of male babies in an attempt to rid himself of the perceived threat of a usurper of his throne. What he didn’t realize is that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world─a fact that emerges later in Saint [...]

Celtic- St. Alphege of Canterbury 28 December 2016

St. Alphege of Canterbury Born 954; died 1012; also called Godwine, martyred Archbishop of Canterbury, left his widowed mother and patrimony for the monastery of Deerhurst (Gloucestershire). After some years as an anchorite at Bath, he there became abbot, and (19 Oct., 984) was made Bishop of Winchester. In 994 Elphege administered confirmation to Olaf [...]

St. John the Apostle-27 December 2016

St. John the Apostle St. John, Apostle and Evangelist St. John the Apostle, the son of Zebedee and Salome, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. John was called to be an Apostle by our Lord in the first year of His public ministry. He is considered the same person as John the Evangelist, [...]

A Masai Creed | Patrick Franklin

A Masai Creed Posted on December 27, 2016 I came across this Masai creed today and thought I’d share it. A beautiful example of the universality of the gospel expressed through the particularity of Masai tradition and culture. Here it is: We believe in the one High God, who out of love created the beautiful [...]

Limitless Poetry- a Eucharistic Christmas

Holy Eucharist is the sacrament that renews the earth. Asking what you can do for your country? Make a good Communion. Make a visit to the tabernacle. Much more will follow. God will make limitless poetry out of the prose of your life, and he will renew the face of the earth, beginning with your [...]