Feasts and Saints

This year marks the 155th anniversary of the opening of the Jesuit-run Church of the Sacred Heart at Lauriston Street, Edinburgh.Looking back 300 years, the position of the Jesuits in Scotland, and indeed the Catholic Church, was not such a happy one:‘The monasteries nearly are all in ruins … churches, altars, sanctuaries are overthrown and profaned … No religious rite is celebrated in any part of the kingdom, no Mass is ever said in public … and none of the Sacraments publicly administered...
Young man raises fist along with many people in a square in El Salvador
The celebrations for the Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero lasted three days, officially, although the people of San Salvador are still celebrating.On Friday 22nd May, I spent a long day preparing the bloodstained shirt which Romero was wearing when he was murdered (see below), and then placed it in the newly made reliquary. This was a lengthy and complicated piece of conservation, as the shirt is fragile and the bloodstains have made the fabric brittle. I made a cushion out of...
Blessed Oscar Romero
On Monday 24 March 1980 at 6.26pm, Oscar Arnulfo Romero was shot dead at the altar with a single marksman’s bullet in the middle of a Mass he was celebrating in the chapel of the cancer hospital where he lived.The next day an urgent telegram was received from London: “Supreme sacrifice of Archbishop Romero is climax of his peaceful struggle for poor and oppressed.  Will inspire all to continue his Christian witness.  Grieve with Church of El Salvador on loss of incomparable pastor....
Excerpt From The Homily Preached By Pope Piux XI At The Canonisation Of St Andrew Bobola SJ
The life of St. Andrew  Bobola, S.J., (1591-1657)According to modern hagiography, Andrew Bobola, S.J., did not differ much from other priests or his fellow Jesuits in terms either of pursuing holiness in his daily life or of his missionary zeal. The argument for that is that there was a silence and nobody would remember much about him for 50 years after his death, which happened in 1657.  The history of devotion to him started in 1702, when the martyr appeared in the visions of the...
Edmund Campion SJ
Edmund Campion, born in London in 1540, was soon recognised as one of the most talented scholars of his generation.  He was a master of Latin and Greek literature and philosophy, and distinguished himself for his oratory while at Oxford.  After speaking before Queen Elizabeth, he won the patronage of Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the Queen’s favourite.Truly, my ingenious young man, you are much beholden to the Queen’s Majesty.   I have been commanded by her to ask...

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