Author Archives: John Yochum

Saint Cecilia

Image: Saint Cecilia | photo by Jill Watson | flickr Saint of the Day for November 22 (d. 230?) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Cecilia’s Story Although Cecilia is one of the most famous of the Roman martyrs, the familiar stories about her are apparently not founded on authentic material. There is no trace of honor being paid her in ... Read More »

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Image: Presentation of Mary in the Temple | Alfonso Boschi | photo by sailko Saint of the Day for November 21 Post by Franciscan Media The Story of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more ... Read More »

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne

Image: Mosaic of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne in the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, MO | photo by Andrew Balet Saint of the Day for November 20 (August 29, 1769 – November 18, 1852) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne’s Story Born in Grenoble, France, of a family that was among the new rich, Rose learned political skills from ... Read More »

Saint Agnes of Assisi

Image: Saint Agnes of Assisi | France | gift of E. Royall Tyler Saint of the Day for November 19 (c. 1197 – November 16, 1253) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Agnes of Assisi’s Story Born Caterina Offreducia, Agnes was the younger sister of Saint Clare, and her first follower. When Caterina left home two weeks after Clare’s departure, their family ... Read More »

Being Holy in the Present Moment

Sunday Guide |  Nov. 17, 2019 User’s Guide to Sunday, Nov. 17 By Claire Dwyer Sunday, Nov. 17, is the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. Mass readings: Malachi 3:19-20A; Psalm 98:5-6, 7-8, 9; 2 Thessalonians 3: 7-12; Luke 21:5-19. In setting the scene for today’s Gospel, Jesus and his disciples are in Jerusalem for the final Passover — his ... Read More »

Dedication of Churches of Saints Peter and Paul

Saint of the Day for November 18 Image: The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican | photo by Fczarnowski / Image: Statue of Saint Paul in front of the facade of the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Wall, Rome | photo by Berthold Werner Post by Franciscan Media The Story of the Dedication of the Churches of ... Read More »

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary

Image: Detail | Saint Elizabeth of Hungary | Series of frescoes with scenes from the life of St. Martin of tours in the Lower Church of Saint Francis of Assisi | Simone Martini Saint of the Day for November 17 (1207 – November 17, 1231) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Elizabeth of Hungary’s Story In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such ... Read More »

Saint Margaret of Scotland

Image: Saint Margaret of Scotland | François Augustin Caunois | photo by BastienM Saint of the Day for November 16 (1045 – November 16, 1093) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Margaret of Scotland’s Story Margaret of Scotland was a truly liberated woman in the sense that she was free to be herself. For her, that meant freedom to love God ... Read More »

Saint Albert the Great

Image: Saint Albert the Great | Vincenzo Onofri | photo by sailko Saint of the Day for November 15 (1206 – November 15, 1280) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Albert the Great’s Story Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who decisively influenced the Church’s stance toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam. Students of ... Read More »

Saint Gertrude the Great

Image: The high altar statue of Saint Gertrude the Great with a mouse on the distaff| Grafenbach, Austria | photo by Rollroboter Saint of the Day for November 14 (January 6, 1256 – November 17, 1302) Post by Franciscan Media Saint Gertrude the Great’s Story Gertrude, a Benedictine nun in Helfta, Saxony, was one of the great mystics of the 13th ... Read More »