The 23rd of September is the Feast of Padre Pio, Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. He died fifty years ago on this day in 1968. For fifty years before that, Padre Pio bore on his body, the stigmata. The stigmata are the marks of the sufferings of Christ.
150 years ago, on 7 September 1868, Gerard Manley Hopkins entered the Society of Jesus at Manresa, Roehampton. Born in Stratford, Essex in 1844, he received his early education at the Cholmeley Grammar School in Highgate.
Old paintings of Saint Thomas the Apostle sometimes show him carrying a belt. According to pious legend the doubting of Thomas extended to the Assumption of Our Lady. He had been convinced of the Resurrection when the Risen Lord appeared to him and allowed him to inspect on his body t