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English Reformation Podcast 2: The rise of St. John Fisher

In the latest installment, we will look at the rise of St. John Fisher, as the medieval England of his youth passes to the new world of the renaissance, at least in court and intellectual circles. We will look to Fisher’s world, and his early life in it, until his creation as a bishop and […]

St. Robert Bellarmine’s Household Exhortations 01

Today we begin a groundbreaking series of readings of St. Robert Bellarmine’s Exhortationes Domesticae, or Household Exhortations. These were a series of Spiritual Conferences given by St. Robert Bellarmine to his Jesuit confreres between 1583 and 1615 when he was no longer able to give them. The manuscripts were discovered by the Jesuit historian Van […]

English Reformation Podcast part 1: The Young Henry VIII

I’ve been behind on podcast production, and owe a few back episodes. I am currently upgrading some equipment to more easily produce video. In the meantime, I am producing these podcasts on the English Reformation. This is one from a few years ago that was meant to kick off the series which never came to […]

September 8th
Blessed Raymond Lull, Martyr, Tird Order

Raymond belonged to the noble Lull family and was born at Palma on the island of Mallorca in 1236. At a very early age he became a page at the royal court; and before he was thirty years old, he had been advanced to the position of marshal and high steward to King James of […]

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September 7th
Blessed Gentle of Matelica, Martyr, First Order

Blessed Gentle was born at Matelica, a little town in the March of Ancona, of the noble and ancient Finaguerra family. As a young man he entered the Franciscan Order. After he completed his studies and was ordained a priest, he went to Mt. La Verna, where he experienced the sweetness of intimate union with […]

September 6th
Blessed Liberatus of Lauro, Confessor, First Order

Liberatus of Lauro was a count belonging to the noble family of the counts of Brunforte in the March of Ancona. The glory of the world held no attraction for him, and so he left the castle of his forebears and repaired to the solitary little convent of Soffiano where he was invested with the […]

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September 5th
Blessed Thomas of Tolentino and Companions, Martyrs, First Order

Born in the March of Ancona about 1260, Thomas became a Friar Minor in early youth and soon distinguished himself by his strict observance of the Franciscan rule, especially its precepts concerning the practice of poverty, and by his zeal for the salvation of souls. In 1289 he went with several other friars as a […]

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