Happy Feast Day of St. Benedict

An especially happy day for me, as this is the titular feast day for my parish.

Here is a beautiful prayer by the Saint from saints.sqpn.com:


Prayer for the Gifts to Seek God and Live in Him

Father, in your goodness grant me the intellect to comprehend you, the perception to discern you, and the reason to appreciate you. In your kindness endow me with the diligence to look for you, the wisdom to discover you, and the spirit to apprehend you. In your graciousness bestow on me a heart to contemplate you, ears to hear you, eyes to see you, and a tongue to speak of you. In your mercy confer on me a conversation pleasing to you, the patience to wait for you, and the perseverance to long for you. Grant me a perfect end – your holy presence. Amen.


St. Columba, Abbot

Happy Feast Day of St. Columba of Iona – priest, abbot, poet.

Icon of Columba of Iona

Icon of Columba of Iona

St. Columba (Wikipedia, SQPN) was one of the first saints I was aware of. My father had gone to Iona, and had brought back a booklet about the life of the saint. I read it and for some reason it stuck with me. In fact I read it several times. And after a while I started to ask, why is it that we Protestants never hear about saints? The only one you ever hear about is St. Francis, and if he is ever spoken of he is considered a pious friend of animals, and someone with a great love of the poor. After thinking about Columba a while I asked myself what other saints I could think of. I suppose I thought of Joan of Arc. Maybe St. Stephen. 

But as soon as I asked myself the question “why don’t we know about more saints” I knew the answer: they’re too Catholic. But for some reason I liked hearing about Columba.  What about all those other saints? Ignoring the saints, which I was still thinking of as heroic historical figures, would seem to do a disservice both to the saints themselves but it also to us, that we are deprived of their life examples. (At the time I didn’t know about the Church suffering/militant/triumphant).

I didn’t have a good answer for this question, and it was one of the first things that began to dislodge my thinking from Protestantism.

[ Icon found here: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/put/54414.htm ]

Two Years a Catholic

Two years, today, I became Catholic, thanks be to God! I love being Catholic. This date sneaked up on me, as I was thinking in terms of two Easter Vigils ago, and Easter is later this year.

This turns out to be the date of martyrdom of Saint Henry Walpole, a convert, priest, and Jesuit. He was present at the execution of Edward Campion, close enough to be splashed with Campion’s blood, and soon after that, he converted. HenryWalpole

Saint Henry Walpole, pray for us!