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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Christ to the Hierarchy: “Unto Whomsoever Much is Given, of Him Much Shall be Required”
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Guest Post by David Martin

The 25th chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel contains a valuable lesson concerning Christ’s judgment upon the negligent when he returns. The famous Parable of the Talents speaks of the man who delivered to his three servants talents of money with the commission that they trade them and reap profits for him while he was away. The servants were given 5, 2, and 1 talents respectively, the first two of whom traded and doubled their gains, while the third servant fearfully hid his talent in the earth without gaining anything for his lord.

The talents and their return signify the account we will have to make according to what we have received.  When it came time for the servants to reckon with their master, the first two presented their gains to him, for which they were rewarded with promotions. “But he that had received the one talent, came and said: Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown, and gatherest where thou hast not strewed. And being afraid I went and hid thy talent in the earth: behold here thou hast that which is thine.” (Mt: 25: 24,25)
“And his lord answering, said to him: Wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sow not, and gather where I have not strewed: Thou oughtest therefore to have committed my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received my own with usury. Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him that hath ten talents…. And the unprofitable servant cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25: 26-30)
The lord in this parable represents Christ Himself. What He is saying is that when we have been given the ability (talent) to do good in the Kingdom through our endowments of grace, nature, or otherwise, and then we slothfully waste it away and don't use it for our salvation and that of others, we will be accountable.

This warning applies especially to the Catholic hierarchy. The bishops and priests have been given a tremendous talent, yea, push-button power to effectively steer the Church and the world onto a safer course, but instead they have used their talent to betray the Faith and pacify the Church's enemies for worldly gain. The Son of Man is truly sold out again for 30 pieces of silver.

Before the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, the United States Catholic Bishops (USCCB) could have prevented Obama’s election by using their position (talent) to admonish the Church in America not to vote for the pro-abortion candidate under the pain of sin. They could have easily mandated that an admonition be read at all the Sunday Masses across America before the elections, but no, they timidly "buried their talent in the *earth" and said nothing for fear of offending murderers. Because of this negligence, over fifty percent of America's Catholics voted for pro-abortion Obama in both elections, thus empowering him to advance his culture of death throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Worse yet, the bishops have used their God-given talent to help empower treasonous causes like Obamacare, Soros-funded open-border "immigration reform," and LGBT political agenda, not to mention that they have spent their days hacking away at tradition and implementing perfidious changes aimed at destroying the Church and uniting it with the world. As in Christ’s time, the high-priests go about stirring up the people against Jesus’ doctrine and parading themselves as ministers of "mercy" just to advance their humanist "tradition of men." (Mk 7:8)

Fatima Ignored by the Hierarchy

Looking at this a little deeper, the culture of death has its roots in Communism, which explains why abortion is so rampant in America—the agents of Communism are now entrenched in our government. Our Lady at Fatima asked that the pope and bishops join on one day to Consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart in order to avert this spread of Communism. She warned that if Her requests were not heeded the errors of Russia would spread throughout the world and even into the Church.

Unfortunately, Our Lady’s requests were not heeded and thus, Russia did not convert, and as such, the deceptive influence of Communism is alive and at work today in the Church and throughout the world. The dark cloud of Socialism continues to lower upon the west and has now brought us to an unprecedented red eclipse that portends to the gruesome events foretold in the Fatima message.

The Consecration of Russia would bring Our Lady's crushing heel upon the Marxist red dragon and reverse everything that Communism is generating, i.e. the culture of death, terrorism, the desecration of the Mass and Eucharist, etc., but unfortunately, the bishops are too busy pacifying the Communists, with much help from Pope Francis who has repeatedly used his talent to say that “it is the communists who think like Christians.”

Worse yet, Francis through a “provisional agreement” on September 22 gave non-ordained Communist “bishops” of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association official jurisdiction over the underground Church in China. The bishops of the CCPA are Communist agents, men of the state, who were “consecrated” by the Chinese Party-State and who deceptively wear the bishops’ miter to strengthen their mission to oppress the underground Church in China.

Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong, a fierce critic of the deal with Communist Beijing said, “They’re giving the flock into the mouths of wolves,” adding that “The consequences will be tragic and long-lasting, not only for the church in China but for the whole Church because it damages the credibility.” (LifeSiteNews, September 22, 2018) 

The hierarchy will have to stand before Christ and account for its negligence and abuse of power. The pope and bishops need to repent of their collusion and repatriate themselves to Christ, or else we will soon see the fulfillment of Our Lady's prophecy that "Various nations will be annihilated." Let the bishops consider the following scriptural warning to all princes and religious leaders, lest they too be cast “into the exterior darkness.”
“For power is given you by the Lord, and strength by the Most High, who will examine your works, and search out your thoughts: Because being ministers of his kingdom, you have not judged rightly, nor kept the law of justice, nor walked according to the will of God. Horribly and speedily will he appear to you: for a most severe judgment shall be for them that bear rule.” (Wisdom 6:4-6)
*According to the late Bible scholar Fr. George Leo Haydock (1774-1849), placing talents in the earth “represents all those who, having received any good quality, whether mental or corporal, employ it only on earthly things.”

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Day of Penance for Violations Against Human Life
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As a reminder, January 22nd (when not a Sunday) is a Day of Penance in the United States for violations against human life due to the dangerous Roe vs. Wade Court Decision. We must do penance and continue to work for the protection of the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.

Don't forget it is an official day of Penance in the United States: "Day of Prayer and Penance for Life." Cardinal William Keeler responded when asked if abstaining from meat in asked: "It is not asked, but obliged by all the faithful under Church law. This time it cannot be substituted with acts of charity or service, while on Fridays it can. I hope the pastors informed their parishioners of this from the pulpit last Sunday!..."

Liturgically, today is the feastday of St. Vincent of Saragossa 
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Why Catholicism Must Be True
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"If twelve men without influence, without knowledge, inexperienced in the ways of the world, but loving Christ profoundly, have succeeded by the aid of some poor Jews in spreading the Christian Faith throughout the Roman Empire; if they have accomplished what Greece with all its eloquence, and Rome with its military power have failed to achieve; if they have succeeded in founding an institution which has lasted [20] centuries - an institution which has regenerated the world, emancipated the slave, rehabilitated women, dignified family life, comforted the afflicted, uprooted vices, taught sublime truths, pure morality and heroic virtue,an institution which has resisted long-continued and dangerous destructive tendencies, undergone centuries of persecution, witnessed the passing away of kingdoms and peoples, remaining itself erect and immovable upon the ruins of time - an institution which has opposed human interests and passions -surely we have here the greatest of miracles. Unless the principle of causality be denied or the cogency of evidence called in question, it is necessary to recognize that this institution is Divine" (Francois de Lamy).
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Sunday, January 13, 2019
The Forgotten Sacramental: Blessed Salt
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Holy Water, Rosaries, Scapulars, Crucifixes, but... salt?  Yes, surprisingly to many, a powerful yet forgotten sacramental exists which is none other than Blessed Salt.

A few weeks ago I visited a parish that actually had containers of salt near the front door that were blessed. They asked for a very minimal donation of only 40 cents per 26 oz Iodized Salt container like you would find at the grocery store.  They noted on the top of the salt containers that they were all blessed by the priest with the special blessing reserved for salt.  I happily picked up one, made a donation, and parceled it out to several people in small containers.

Blessed Salt is a Sacramental that needs to make a comeback in the Church. In fact, I see very few traditional Catholic parishes that even make it available.

Blessed Salt is a powerful Sacramental.  The Rituale Romanum blessing of Holy Water, in fact, required exorcized salt.  How was salt exorcized and why?  Let's hear the prayer from the Rituale:
God's creature, salt, I cast out the demon from you by the living + God, by the true + God, by the holy + God, by God who ordered you to be thrown into the water- spring by Eliseus to heal it of its barrenness. May you be a purified salt, a means of health for those who believe, a medicine for body and soul for all who make use of you. May all evil fancies of the foul fiend, his malice and cunning, be driven afar from the place where you are sprinkled. And let every unclean spirit be repulsed by Him who is coming to judge both the living and the dead and the world by fire. 
All: Amen. 
Let us pray. 
Almighty everlasting God, we humbly appeal to your mercy and goodness to graciously bless + this creature, salt, which you have given for mankind's use. May all who use it find in it a remedy for body and mind. And may everything that it touches or sprinkles be freed from uncleanness and any influence of the evil spirit; through Christ our Lord. 
All: Amen.
Why was it done?  The practice of putting salt into the water comes no doubt from the incident of the miraculous cure of the poisonous well (see 4 Kings 2.19-21), where the prophet Eliseus used salt to purify the water of the well.


Later on, in the blessing of Holy Water, the priest will pour the salt into the water and pray:
God, source of irresistible might and king of an invincible realm, the ever-glorious conqueror; who restrain the force of the adversary, silencing the uproar of his rage, and valiantly subduing his wickedness; in awe and humility we beg you, Lord, to regard with favor this creature thing of salt and water, to let the light of your kindness shine upon it, and to hallow it with the dew of your mercy; so that wherever it is sprinkled and your holy name is invoked, every assault of the unclean spirit may be baffled, and all dread of the serpent's venom be cast out. To us who entreat your mercy grant that the Holy Spirit may be with us wherever we may be; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.
So the blessing of salt is more than a blessing - it is an exorcism.  But unlike what most people think when they hear the word "exorcism", it is a minor and not a major exorcism. The USCCB's website provides information on the distinction:
While both forms of exorcism are directed against the power of the devil, the Rite of Major Exorcism is employed only when there is a case of genuine demonic possession, namely, when it is determined that the presence of the devil is in the body of the possessed and the devil is able to exercise dominion over that body. 
Minor exorcisms are prayers used to break the influence of evil and sin in a person's life, whether as a catechumen preparing for Baptism or as one of the Baptized faithful striving to overcome the influence of evil and sin in his or her life.
While unlike Sacraments, the number of Sacramentals can be increased or decreased by the Church. And unlike Sacraments which give actual grace, the Sacramentals do not give grace in and of themselves. As the Baltimore Catechism explained: "The Sacramentals of themselves do not remit venial sins, but they move us to truer devotion, to greater love for God and greater sorrow for our sins, and this devotion, love, and sorrow bring us grace, and the grace remits venial sins."  And furthermore, the Catechism states, "The difference between the Sacraments and the Sacramentals is: 1. The Sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ and the Sacramentals were instituted by the Church; 2. The Sacraments give grace of themselves when we place no obstacle in the way; 3. The Sacramentals excite in us pious dispositions, by means of which we may obtain grace."

The laity are certainly permitted to use exorcized salt or any other sacramental that the Church has for their disposition. To those who have blessed salt, it is recommended to keep it in a separate container marked as "Blessed Salt" so as not to mix it up with the other salt in the home.  And when it is used, it is not a magic weapon - it should be used with reverence and while saying a short prayer to ask for grace from Almighty God. The laity can sprinkle the blessed salt in small amounts on their property, throughout their neighbor, at the threshold of their door praying against the threat of burglary, or use it in their cooking too - all while doing so in a prayerful manner.

So ask your priest to pick up a copy of the Rituale Romanum and provide for you and your parish this treasure - the forgotten sacramental of Blessed Salt.
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Monday, January 7, 2019
2019 Solemn High Mass for the Epiphany with Solemn Blessing of Water and the Epiphany Proclamation Chant
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Some highlights from yesterday's Solemn High Mass for the Epiphany of the Lord including the solemn blessing of Epiphany water and the Epiphany Proclamation. Praying and hoping that many more TLMs will be said here at the Church of the Immaculate Heart in Belmont. Thanks go out in a big way to the Traditional Latin Mass Society of San Francisco.

Solemn Blessing of Epiphany Water:






Epiphany Proclamation:



“Know, dearest brethren, by the gift of God’s mercy, as we have rejoiced for the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, so also we announce to you joy for the Resurrection of the same Our Savior. On the seventeenth day of February will be Septuagesima Sunday. On the sixth of March, the day of Ashes, and the beginning of the fast of most holy Lent. On the twenty-first of April, we will celebrate with joy the holy Easter of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. On the thirtieth of May will be the Ascension of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. On the ninth of June, the feast of Pentecost. On the twentieth of the same month, the feast of the most holy Body of Christ. On the first of December, the first Sunday of the Advent of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to whom belong honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Solemn High Mass:









Photos (c) A Catholic Life Blog, 2019
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Sunday, January 6, 2019
Catholic Resolutions 2019
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Each year I have made what I call "Catholic Resolutions."  These New Years Resolutions are not centered on losing weight, eating more healthy, or the like.  Rather, these resolutions each year are centered around my spiritual life.  I encourage all of you to make resolutions specifically geared on improving your own Faith life and your own knowledge of the Faith.  Ask yourself:

1. Do I know the Faith that I profess to believe in?  If not, how can I learn more?  For example, CatechismClass.com has an ideal Adult Course just for this purpose.
2. Am I truly living a Catholic life?  Am I learning more prayers?  Am I helping others to learn the Faith and live it out?  Do I regularly receive the Sacraments?
3. Do you struggle with certain sins or addictions?
4. Do you need to make more donations to Catholic organizations or pro-life charities?

This is the time of year to truly set Catholic Resolutions which will have eternal repercussions.

Some General Suggestions of Catholic Resolutions for 2019:

  1. Pray the Rosary everyday if you are out of the habit 
  2. Pray Lauds (morning prayer) and Vespers (evening prayer).
  3. Say a prayer for the Poor Souls in Purgatory everyday, such as the St Gertrude Prayer
  4. Attend Mass one day extra a week in ADDITION to Sunday. And if you have fallen away from Mass, start going weekly again 
  5. Make it a habit to go to Confession at least every 2 weeks 
  6. Fulfill the First Friday Devotion as well as the First Saturday Devotion
  7. If you don't, start wearing the Brown Scapular

I will begin with reviewing my 2018 Resolutions:

2018 Catholic Resolutions

1.   Focus on Morning Prayers Each Day (3 Dominican Prayers, Daily Lauds, the 3 Hail Mary Devotion each morning)
2.   Attend Daily Mass 3X a week
3.   Make time for 15 minutes of spiritual reading/meditation each day preferably in the morning
4.   End the work day with Evening Prayers (e.g. Vespers)
5.   Focus on conquering old habits and practicing a detachment to material things.

2018 Catholic Resolution Results

1. I've made great progress on starting each day off with prayer, especially since I have recently purchased a Baronius Press Divine Office in Latin and English.  I've been incorporating the Dominican Prayers, Daily Lauds/Prime, the 3 Hail Mary Devotion, and others. I don't necessarily say all of them each day but a day rarely passes when I don't start it off with some prayers
2. Up until a job change that I had in the year, I was going to Mass nearly every day.  Alas, I'm not able to do that now but I was able to go usually 2X a week after the job change but it is more difficult now due to the traveling distance. But Mass attendance is one of the activities I enjoy the most in life.  Even on vacation, I will use those days to attend the Traditional Mass at many new places. I try to share those photos often on my Instagram.
3. This goal I've had the most difficult time with.  I have read some good books this year like the biography of Garcia Moreno and I'm still reading others, but it is slow.  I am thankfully usually listening to a traditional sermon on Youtube almost every day.
4. I've thankfully habitualized myself where if I don't pray Vespers things just "don't feel right."  I rarely pray Compline but Vespers is an integral part of my life now and I've become accustomed to saying it after a day of work.
5. Alas, old habits are hard to break. I continue to make progress and practice detachment and these sentiments, which are an integral part of the Ignatian retreat, is at the essence of developing a prayer life. I will continue to work on these.

So, now, here are my 2019 Catholic Resolutions

1. Make the Total Consecration to Mary
2. Complete the First Saturdays Devotion, which I've done previously but I wish to repeat since it is so important in our world today.
3. Conquer addictions and practice detachment to material things, as I mentioned in the previous year's resolutions
4. Maintain my Daily Divine Office routine

I encourage you to make Catholic Resolutions as well! What are yours? Share them below in the comments box.
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Friday, January 4, 2019
Christmas at St. Joseph's FSSP Church in Rockdale
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I stopped in St. Joseph's Church for the Feast of St. John the Evangelist and was delighted to see what has become of it since the FSSP has taken over.  After several years and a new pastor, the transformation is extreme from the previous barren days. 

New Church at end of 2018:





Image Sources: A Catholic Life Blog

Church when the FSSP came in 2013:


Church back in 1915 after its consecration:


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The History of the Christmas Tree
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Since we are still in the 12 Days of Christmas that lasts from December 25th through January 7th, here is a good reminder of the history of the Christmas tree.


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Thursday, January 3, 2019
Francis: The Lord's Prayer "Induces Temptation"
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Prayer Vigil with Pope Francis ahead of Synod © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk, October 4, 2014

Guest Post By David Martin

Pope Francis is again advocating that the Our Father be changed. It was reported last month that the pope is expected to approve a change in the translation of the Lord’s Prayer, the famous biblical petition that has been recited by Christians for 2000 years. 


The Italian Episcopal Conference [CEI] has submitted the proposed change to the Vatican for approval, changing the line "lead us not into temptation" to "abandon us not when in temptation," reported the Italian newswire service Ansa and the U.K. Express.

It was in December 2017 that Francis first proposed that the Lord's Prayer be changed, arguing that the translation used for centuries in many parts of the world, including the Italian and English versions, go against the teachings of the Church and Bible.

In the centuries-old recited prayer, followers of the Christian Faith call upon God to "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." 

Speaking to Italian broadcasters on December 7, 2017, Francis argued this was incorrect, saying, "It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation." 

"A father doesn’t do that, a father helps you to get up immediately," Francis said in an interview on Italian television. "It's Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department."

So Christ taught us to invoke a God who leads us into temptation? To think that the Messiah's instruction to mankind on how to pray—as penned by the Evangelists as the infallible Word of God and as followed for 2000 years by all the Saints and members of Christ—is now incorrect! It appears that it is the pope who is leading us into temptation.

To say that the proposed "reform" of the Our Father warrants respect is to say that Catholics for 2000 years have been misled by the Our Father. Moreover, it instigates doubts about the whole of Sacred Scripture and the age-old direction of the Church. It appears that it is Pope Francis who is leading us into temptation.

Francis purports to criticize the English and Italian translations of the Our Father, when he knows full well that it is the original manuscript he is criticizing. The original text from the Lord's Prayer, as taken from the Latin Vulgate, reads: et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo, which translated is: "lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." (Matthew 6:13). This is also the same in the Greek: καὶ μὴ εἰσενέγκῃς ἡμᾶς εἰς πειρασμόν, ἀλλὰ ῥῦσαι ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ.

Hence, this is not a translation issue, but a scriptural issue. The English translations of the Our Father as recited today are correct, because they are taken from the Vulgate, which is the official version of Holy Scripture, the source from which all authentic translations must directly or indirectly be taken. 

The pope's initiative is entirely uncalled for. Never in the 2000-year history of the Church has it occurred to any pope or saint that the Lord's Prayer stood in need of change, so why is Francis calling into question something so central to the Faith—the "perfect prayer" given to us by Christ Himself on the Mount—and at a time when the Church is undergoing the worst debacle of its 2000-year history? What is needed today is that rock-solid stability of old to offset the new order of change that has misled the Church since Vatican II, so why is Francis leading us into the temptation of change?

It appears he is upset over the idea of being led away from temptation, since he is led by the temptation of globalism and change. The Bible threatens him to give up his change, so instead of humbly admitting that scripture is correct he judges that it is "incorrect, in the same way he has denied the miracle of the loaves and has judged that evangelization is "solemn nonsense." 

The Church's mission is precisely to evangelize and lead us away from the temptation of this world that we may arrive at the shores of everlasting peace. God in His mercy wants us all to know that this world is not our common home, but rather a quagmire of temptation, and that our true home is in Heaven with God and the Saints who said the un-revised Our Father during their lives. 

Therefore, as children of God who obey the Father's commands, we take the Father's hand and ask Him to lead us not into temptation, but away from all evil, because if we chase after temptation—especially the temptation to change the Bible and the doctrines of the Faith—God will let go of our hand, and in His permissive will He will lead us, not only into temptation, but into the very fires of hell. And by the way, Papa, this condemnation is forever.

Christ warns of the dire consequences of changing but one word of Holy Scripture. He says to St. John in the Apocalypse: "If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book." (Apoc. 22:18) 

Let us therefore reverence the words of Christ in the Gospel, remembering that all Scripture is "inspired of God." (2 Timothy 3:16) "Neither let us tempt Christ: as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents." (1 Cor. 10:9)


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Monday, December 31, 2018
2019 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion
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UPDATE (January 13, 2019, at 9:20 AM CST): The final 2019 Saint for the Year Drawing has now taken place and all results are now below. Thank you for all 375 people who participated. Sadly only 5 people have donated to this project which takes hours to prepare for and hours more to conduct. I hope though that everyone through this grows in grace, invokes their patron often in 2019, and makes ever great spiritual progress. To those who wish to contribute, please send in a donation below and leave any comments on what you get out of this devotion in the comments box. God bless!

UPDATE (January 7, 2019, at 11:50 AM CST): The next Saint for the Year Drawing has now taken place and all results are now below. On additional drawing will take place next Sunday on the 13th so you may still sign up if you haven't yet.  Also, for anyone looking for a prayer to your saint, you may always use the Prayer to Venerate Any Saint.

UPDATE (January 1, 2019, at 1:10 PM CST): The Saint for the Year Drawing has now taken place.  Unlike some sites that offer a similar devotion, my devotion is manually done. In a single jar I have likely around 1,000 saints name and these are drawn for you after the High Mass said for the Octave Day of Christmas. As the drawing occurs, I pray the Litany of Saints (and continue to repeat it until all names are drawn).  The saint names on paper are also blessed with Holy Water and/or Blessed Salt prior to the drawing. 

My devotion does not skew to modern saints, saints whose names we all know, or even saints celebrated on the traditional calendar. I include all canonized saints so you will likely see many names here you don't recognize.  Spend the time to learn about these holy men and women!

Please note, overseeing this devotion is very time intensive and as of yet none of the 315 names submitted has donated to help support this initiative. If you find this devotion helpful and would like to support A Catholic Life in the next year, please submit a donation.  Your donation is especially important since I am not currently working professionally aside from my writing/speaking/catechesis work so the donation is quite helpful to me and to this blog.

It is my hope that you will pray to your special patron this year, remember them on their feast day, and invoke their intercession. As mentioned in my post on the devotion, this takes up considerable time for me each year so thank you for those who have (or will) donate a small donation (even $5 - $10) for all of the time involved. Unfortunately, if few people donate I likely won't be able to continue to do this devotion in future years.

Please join me in praying the Litany of Saints and asking for a holy 2019 for all of us. For my own listing of the saints, please click here to learn more about the saints.

Lastly, those who would still like to participate may leave names in the comments box. There will be two remaining drawings: one on January 6th (Feast of the Epiphany) and the following Sunday of January 13th (Octave Day of the Epiphany).

I am very pleased to again be a facilitator for the Patron Saint of the Year Devotion.  I have been part of this annual tradition since 2006 and have helped coordinate devotions for hundreds of families.  It is my pleasure to now be part of the 2019 Patron Saint of the Year Devotion.

SPONSOR: This Devotion is being sponsored this year by CatechismClass.com.  Whether you are looking for godparent preparation courses, Sacramental preparation for your children, or just to better learn the Faith as an adult, CatechismClass.com has courses for all ages and walks of life.  Check out CatechismClass.com's affordable programs and make it a resolution in 2018 to learn and live the Faith better than ever before.

You can read about the past devotions at the following posts:
Again, I would like to take a few minutes to explain the devotion.

When will the saints be drawn?  This year I will start the drawing of saints on the Octave Day of Christmas after the morning's Solemn High Mass and after the recitation of both the Veni Creator Spiritus and the Litany of Saints.  Drawings will occur as the Litany of Saints are again recited.  That means results will likely be posted in the early afternoon (US Pacific Time) on January 1st.

How do I enter?  Just add the names of everyone (you and your family) that you want to be included in the drawing in the comment box below.  DO NOT also email them to me.  Please leave all entries here in the comment box.

This year, saints will be posted here after the drawing is complete.



What is the Saint for the Year Devotion? Here is my post on this from years past to clarify the matter. This is from the person that draws all of the saints. I don't draw the saints. I will merely pass on your name or screen name to her so that she will draw a saint for you. Also, I will pass on the name of any of your family or friends that would like to participate. This isn't superstition. St. Faustina did the same thing!

Last year hundreds of people received saints to be their special patron, and there were miraculous connections. It was truly amazing. We pray that this year the Holy Ghost will again work so that all participants receive a saint that they will be able to pray to for aid throughout the entire year:
Saint for the Year
I want to tell you about the practice of picking a saint at random to be your “holy protector” for the year. Actually, the saint is the one who chooses us though. The tradition of letting a saint “pick you,” is not a new one. St. Faustina wrote about it in her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul. The excerpt is below.

“There is a custom among us of drawing by lot, on New Year's Day, special Patrons for ourselves for the whole year. In the morning during meditation, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past. But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that. When we came to refectory for breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons. When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn't read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes. Suddenly, I heard a voice in my soul: ‘I am your patron. Read.’ I looked at once at the inscription and read, ‘Patron for the Year 1935 - the Most Blessed Eucharist.’ My heart leapt with joy, and I slipped quietly away from the sisters and went for a short visit before the Blessed Sacrament, where I poured out my heart. But Jesus sweetly admonished me that I should be at that moment together with the sisters. I went immediately in obedience to the rule.”Excerpt from Divine Mercy in My Soul, the Diary of St. Faustina"

I have a container full of names ... I will be glad to pick out the name for you and send you the name if you prefer. I am so excited by my saint(s) ... I already picked mine. Well, I should say that they picked me ... I have Saints Marcus and Marcellianus ... they are twin brothers who were sent to prison before their death. St. Sebastian visited them continually in prison and helped keep their faith alive. They are buried near St. Felix and are specifically honored in Spain.

OK now ... here are a couple of immediate ironies in regard to these saints ... I have a SPECIAL place in my heart for twins! As a child, I LOVED reading the story about St. Sebastian. I had a children's book of saints and I think I wore out the pages on St. Sebastian! Felix is my grandfather's name! Silvia, our exchange student, is from Spain! I am so excited to have these two saints to walk through 2006 with me! I'm looking forward as to where and how they will intercede for me.
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Results of the Drawing

Name Saint
Jay St. Thomas the Apostle
Kelly Blessed Jane of Aza
Emily St. Gabriel Lalemant
Kyla St. Adelaide of Italy
Suzanne St. Leudwinus
Sue St. Tironensian Order
Missy St. Anthony of Egypt
John Blessed Augustine Novello
Joe Blessed John of Fiesole
Jen St. Sigo
Josh St. Rhipsime
Joan St. Padre Pio
Matthew W St. Anthony of Padua
Anna S St. Ava of Denain
Natalia S St. Theophilus of Corte
Sergei S St. Jan Sarkander
Diane W St. Hyacintha of Mariscotti
Chris W Blessed Basil Hopko
Mark W St. Crispin
Michelle W Blessed James Salomonio
Michael W St. Marcellus I
Rick St. Quadratus of Herbipolis
Theresa (Terry) St. Agatha
Nicole Blessed Alvarez
Gary St. Quintian of Rodez
Brandon St. Gosbert of Osnabruck
Brynn Blessed Andre Duliou
Baby to be born in May St. Walric
Kristin  St. Cecelia
Jim St. Richard of Vaucelles
Stephen St. Ioannes Pak Hu-jae
Michael St. Dominic de Guzman
Kelsey St. Vitus
Douglas Pope St. Silverius
Michelle Blessed Lawrence of Ripafratta
Shaun St. Theophilus of Corte
Stephanie St. Hilarion
Christina St. Martha
Bryan Blessed Aaron of Cracow
Gianna Blessed Columba
Leilani St. Nonno of Porto Romano
Dominic Pope St. Linus
Madison Blessed Robert
Darla St. Anthony Zaccaria
Jeff St. Leudadd of Bardsey
Garrison St. Jeanne-Marie de Maille
Alex St. Albert the Great
Lucas Blessed John of Salerno
Kiora St. Bernadette Soubirous
Carolyn St. Timothy
Joseph St. Cecelia
Kathryn St. Phililp the Apostle
Laura L. St. Crispin
Gordon L. St. Adelbert
Dorothea T. St. Joan Elizabeth Bichier des Ages
Matthew L. St. Anselm of Canterbury
Ben E. Blessed John Liccio
Jeannie E. St. Adelbert
Felicity E. St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
Sarah E. St. Jeanne de Lestonnac
Veronica E. St. Wenceslaus
Joseph E. St. Mary Magdalene
Patricia R. St. Simeon, Bishop and Martyr
Monica M. St. Adelaide of Italy
Michael Patrick M. St. Bartholomew
Robert James M. St. Pretextatus
Diane S. St. Hitto of Saint-Gaul
Kellen M. Blessed Guillaume-Nicolas-Louis Laclerq
Shannon L. Blessed Francis de Posadas
Baby L. The Seven Holy Brothers
jmr1979 St. Ennodius
Katie St. Peter Chanel
Bob Blessed Sadoc and Companions
Elizabeth L. St. Thomas Aquinas
Barbara B. St. Sigo
Kim L. Blessed John Liccio
Michelle D. Blessed Andrew of Peschiera
Janine D St. Ennodius
Kyle D St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
William T. Blessed Sadoc and Companions
Julie T. St. Rita of Cascia
Blake T. Blessed John of Fiesole
Scott T. St. Hitto of Saint-Gaul
Ruth S. St. Crispin
Ryan Blessed Robert
Jeremy St. Adelin of Seez
Debbie Blessed Giles of Assisi
Cathleen St. Raymond of Toulouse
Tim W St. Sylvester
Jeffrey D St. Simeon-Francois Berneux
Michael D Blessed Jane of Portugal
Francis D Blessed William Andleby
Nicholas D St. Hilary of Poitiers
Dominic D Holy Maccabees
Peter D St. Louise de Marillac
Andrew D St. Joseph of Leonissa
Max D St. Maturus the Novice
James D St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Mason C Blessed Diana
Griffin C St. Alena
Elijah C St. Maurice
Isaac C St. Lambert of Vence
Nathan B St. Boniface
Dominic B Blessed Stephana
Kathy R St. Colman
Lois F. St. Crescentianus
Harry Tucci St. Julio Alvarez Mendoza
Isabella Tucci St. Maurice
Flikie St. William of Pontoise
Lucy D St. Peter of Juilly
Gemma D  St. Patrick
Anne D Blessed Gonsalvo
Sarah K. St. Joseph of Leonissa
Ruth K.  St. Julie Billiart
John K. St. Catherine of Genoa
Rachel D. Blessed Augustine of Biella
Ralph D. St. Germana
Maggie D. St. Ceollach
Muriella A. St. Facundinus of Taino
Alexander Our Lady of Carmel of the Maipu
Mary K. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
Mark K. St. Polycarp
Mary Ann St. Bruno
Lorny St. Titus
Gary St. Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse
Sheila St. Norbert
Joe St. John of Bridlington
Steve St. Patroclus of Troyes
Chris St. Prosper of Aquitaine
Parker St. Sigo
Sara St. Raymond of Barbastro
Brian Blessed Odo of Beauvais
Brandon St. Anthony of Padua
Shauna St. Catherine of Genoa
Nicholas Blessed Dalmatius
Levi St. John Nepomucene Neumann
Milo St. Simon of Lipnica
Josemaria Paulo Carvalho-Von Verster  St. Pierre Dumoulin-Borie
Christina St. Padre Pio
Susan M St. Nicholas of Myra
Richard M St. Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse
Gregory M St. Valentine of Rome
Frederick M St. Claudian of Perga
Chad M St. Iraenaus of Lyons
LK St. Cosmas
TK St. John Bosco
GAH St. Edward the King
SF St. Tironensian Order
CR St. Emily de Vialar
JT Blessed Francis de Capillas
FBA St. Jerome
SMA St. Guarinus of Sitten
CGA St. Padre Pio
Brandon Blessed Diana
Rachel St. Paulinus of Trier
Sydnie St. Juliana Falconieri
Kalab St. Therese of Lisieux
Fred Blessed Josefa Naval Girbes
Elaine Blessed James Benefatti
Sandy St. Juan Diego
Dick Blessed Matthew Carrieri
Dave St. Augustine of Canterbury
Robert Pope St. Silverius
Sue Anne St. Clare
Autumn St. Venant de Viviers
Abbie St. Benedict Joseph Labre
Austin St. Rosa Venerini
Trey St. Aymard of Cluny
Kierra St. Giusta de Sardegna
Liam St. Charles Garnier
Lincoln St. Agatha
Leah Blessed Odo of Beauvais
Lilly St. Juliana of Nicomedia
Jean St. Wenceslaus
Patrick St. Conon, Bishop of the Isle of Man
Michele St. Juan Diego
Amelia St. Frances of Rome
Fiona St. Charles Borromeo
Isabella St. Stanislaus Kostka
Patrick Gerard St. Emily de Vialar
Timothy St. Joseph Marchand
Michael St. Ebontius
Mary Ellen St. Prosper of Aquitaine
Dylan Holy Maccabees
Francesco St. Andrew Fournet
Mary Blessed Margaret of Costello
Kristine Blessed Marcolino
Joey V St. Iraenaus of Lyons
Sean G St. William of Pontoise
Elizabeth "Lisa" B. St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Marian E. St. Florentius of Carracedo
Kim St. Poemus of Membressa
Danny Blessed James of Voragine
Aaron St. Gregory of Nyssa
Sharra Blessed Aimo
Andrew Blessed Frances Gil
Stormy St. Dogmael of Wales
Francesca Jameelah St. Basil the Great
Cindy Blessed Andre de Soveral
Dustin St. Hugh of Novara
Lila St. Kevoca of Kyle
Hailey St. Raymond of Barbastro
MC St. Guido Maria Conforti
AC St. Elzear of Sabran
Michael B St. Patroclus of Troyes
Matthew B St. James the Greater
Max B St. Rigobert of Rheims
Bruce B Blessed Stephana
Joyce B St. Noel Chabanel
Jennifer B St. Antoine Daniel
Kevin B St. Petroc
Tony B Blessed Odo of Beauvais
Janet B Blessed Andrew of Peschiera
Linda Q St. John of God
BEM family St. Theodore Guerin
MS Blessed Filip Geryluk
RS St. Acius of Amiens
JC St. Anastasius
Heidi M. St. Nazarius the abbot
Kaytlyn M.  St. Poemus of Membressa
Sara G. St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier
Bernadette F. Blessed Terence
Heather S. St. Ansgar
Melani T. St. Josemaria Escriva
Cynthia S. St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Anna  St. Vincent of Saragossa
Meg  St. Joseph, the foster Father of Jesus Christ
Catherine St. Nazarius of Rome
Katie St. Athanasius
Brandon Blessed Alphonsus and Companions
Amy St. Adelelmus of Flanders
Jocelyn St. Polycarp
Glenna Blessed Chiara Badano
David St. Filippo Smaldone
Madalena Blessed Dalmatius
Kevin Our Lady of Fatima
ABG St. Hugh of Novara
VBG St. Chrysanthus
JJL St. James the Greater
JSL St. Pretextatus
AMBG St. Maximilian Kolbe
JLG St. Agatha
Roman St. Augustin Schoeffler
Valerie V Blessed James Benefatti
Olindo V St. Charles of St. Andrews
Katie V St. Guido Maria Conforti
Richard V Blessed Francis de Posadas
Sara V  St. Magloire
Violet V St. Laurent-Joseph-Marius Imbert
SRN St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
GAN St. Anthony of Egypt
AJN St. Augustin Schoeffler
JMN St. Adelelmus of Flanders
Ronald F Blessed Francis Gil
Joan F Blessed Francis de Capillas
George Fincik St. Floribert of Liege
Mark Angelo St. Phililp the Apostle
Jenna S Blessed James of Bevagna
Christine Mac St. Maruontus
Robert Mac Blessed William Andleby
Casey Mac St. Bernard of Thiron
Colin Mac St. Mary Magdalene
Steven P. St. Domnin
Brian P. St. Theodosius of Antioch
Sr. Eva DiC. St. Alexander of Jerusalem
Joseph DiC. St. Crescentianus
Joseph P. McC. St. Fabiola of Rome
AnnMarie St. Martin de Porres
maribeth santos St. Clotsindis of Marchiennes
Jan B Blessed James Salomonio
Dennis T St. Baldwin of Rieti
Joan T St. Bernadette Soubirous
Charis favour St. Joan of Arc
Christopher Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau
Teresa Blessed Odo of Beauvais
Marie St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Christine St. Anthony Zaccaria
Joshua St. Projectus
Noah Blessed Francis Gil
The Rohlena family St. Anthony of Padua
Helen Bruni  Blessed Anthony della Chiesa
Katharine St. Bede the Venerable
Terry St. Poemus of Membressa
Katharine St. Theodosius of Antioch
Gemma Pope St. Sixtus II
Paul St. John Bosco
Jenny St. Jean-Louis Bonnard
Gemma St. Matthias
Amy Blessed James of Bevagna
Mia St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
Charlotte St. Sebastian of Aparico
Mark St. Anthony of Egypt
Alfie Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau
Jovita Blessed Jane of Portugal
Katharine O'Brien St. Joan of Arc
Daniel St. Charles of St. Andrews
Amy St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Elaine Blessed Filip Geryluk
Graham St. Peter Chanel
Andy M St. Giles
Maryann Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio
Steve S Blessed Columba
Jill  St. Benedict
Steve St. Dominic Savio
Erica Blessed Aaron of Cracow
Dean St. Alexis Falconieri
Chelsea S St. Julian the Hospitaller
Judy St. Joan of France
David St. Paul Miki
Deanna  St. Hilary of Poitiers
Larry St. Auspicius of Toul
Kaitlyn St. Rita of Cascia
Jordan St. Vincent de Paul
Jamie St. John Cantius
David  St. Ambrose
Xavier D Blessed Dominik Trcka
Jacob D Blessed Julia Rodzinska
PATRICE  St. Richard of Vaucelles
RAYMOND Pope St. Telesphorus
SAM L St. Auspicius of Trier
KELLY S Blessed Augustine of Biella
JENNIFER  Blessed Margaret of Costello
"THAT ONE DUDE"  St. Francis of Assisi
ALLISON  St. Leudwinus
SARAH  St. Kiaran
LAUREN  St. Catherine of Siena
COREY St. Prosper of Aquitaine
RILEIGH  St. Aderald
AMIERA Blessed John of Fiesole
GIOVANNI  St. Hyacintha of Mariscotti
FRANNIE St. Julio Alvarez Mendoza
Jimmy W.  St. Guido Maria Conforti
Carolyn W.  St. Gundenis of Carthage
Andy B.  St. Kevoca of Kyle
John St. Peter Fourier
Kathy St. Cajetan
Mary St. Augustin Schoeffler
Adam Pope St. Anacletus
David St. Jeanne-Marie de Maille
Mary Anne St. Scholastica
Jane St. Francis of Assisi
Thomas St. Hugh of Novara
Daniel Blessed Marie
Lucy St. Colette of Corbie
Monica St. Catherine of Siena
Nick St. Gordian
Peter St. Caldeoldus of Vienne
Claire St. Willibald
Lily St. Bernadette Soubirous
Susie St. Barnabas
Baby #3 Blessed Margaret of Savoy
Jim St. Alexis Falconieri
Rebecca  St. Paul of the Cross
Johnny D St. Joan of France
Debbie St. Henry II
Joe St. Francis of Assisi
Thomas St. Auspicius of Toul
David St. Januarius
Stephanie St. Marie of the Incarnation
Veronica A St. Leudwinus
Kristen A St. Damien of Molokai
Roman B Blessed Bartholomew of Vincenza
Louise T.M St. Gregory of Tours
Jeffrey A.M St. Titus
Joshua J.M St. Fugatius the Missionary
Addie M. Blessed Andrew of Peschiera
Mischa M St. Rhipsime
Hannah Sofia M St. Nicholas of Myra
Jessica N St. Joseph of Leonissa
BN St. Frances Cabrini
Hannah K St. Filippo Smaldone
Young K St. Leontius
K Family St. Adelaide of Italy
TD St. Magnus of Fossombrone

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