Damien of Moloka’i: Saint to the Lepers

May Day 11 Today we honor Saint Damien de Veuster, as our 11th ‘patron against plague’ in our search for one for each day of May. And Brandon Vogt has written an excellent brief biography of the Saint for Word on Fire: “When Damien de Veuster arrived in Hawaii in 1864, he found an island-communityContinue reading “Damien of Moloka’i: Saint to the Lepers”

Camillus: 16th Century First Responder

May Day 9 Pope Francis, in his Mass intention of yesterday, called on us to pray for the Red Cross and the Red Crescent so today we call upon the intercession of Saint Camillus de Lellis, who founded the original ‘Red Cross’ centuries ago, as we continue our month of May search for ’31 patronsContinue reading “Camillus: 16th Century First Responder”

The Miracles in the Medal

May Day 4 In 1830 Our Lady appeared to a novice in the convent of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul on the Rue de Bac in Paris, France. The young nun was shown a vision of Mary enfolded in an oval frame with her arms outstretched, rays of light streaming fromContinue reading “The Miracles in the Medal”

In Thanksgiving for the End of the Plague. Day 3

Guido Reni was commissioned in 1631 by the city of Bologna, Italy to create an image of the Madonna and Child on a silk banner that would be processed annually from the public square to the Church of Saint Dominic in thanksgiving for the end of the plague that ravaged the city a year earlierContinue reading “In Thanksgiving for the End of the Plague. Day 3”

We Fly to Thy Patronage: May Challenge, Day 2

Pope Francis has called on the faithful to pray the Rosary daily during the month of May, traditionally celebrated by Catholics as ‘Mary’s Month’. As part of the May challenge, to display one of the new prayers with an image of the Madonna for each day of the month, we offer another image by CaravaggioContinue reading “We Fly to Thy Patronage: May Challenge, Day 2”