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The Life of Saint Bernardine of SienaNo one was excused from his preaching. He called for reform from the common man as well as from people in high places, in one instance, boldly calling to task the Duke of Milan. He brought about change! His message was so powerfully accepted, the people lit bon fires and cast their sins and worldly temptations upon them, as a firm resolve to live better, more holy lives. One of the scourges of the time was usury - the practice of exacting exorbitant interests, often resulting in the inability of the lender to pay, losing his home and all his worldly goods. To respond to this evil, Bernardine founded a society of beneficial loan societies called “Monti di Pieta.”Although he preached relentlessly on reform, Bernardine spoke with the gentle, compassionate Heart of Jesus and that of his father Francis. Peace was his primary focus, and toward that aim, he journeyed to the far corners of Italy reconciling warring factions like the Guelphs and Ghibellines. The Guelphs were members of a political party that supported the authority of the Pope against the aristocratic party of the Ghibellines. The Ghibellines, in contrast to the Guelphs, supported the German emperors in Italy, who, hell bent on stealing all the Papal lands from the Papacy, challenged the authority of the Pope. Where all modes of diplomacy and compromise failed, Bernardine with his preaching of Peace and Love succeeded, bringing about reconciliation among the two warring factions. Bernardine carries the symbol of JesusAs Bernardine traveled, so did the Holy Name of Jesus. Everywhere he went, he persuaded the dignitaries of the different cities to take down the emblems of the warring factions from their buildings - their churches and palaces - and instead place on them the Holy Name of Jesus. And till today, you can see the initials IHS - the Holy Name of Jesus on all the buildings in Siena and Florence, just to mention a few.This symbol became his vanguard, as he paved the way for devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. His preaching on the Holy Name of Jesus was so potent and caught on so quickly, he was asked to speak in city after city. When he spoke, he held a plaque with the emblem of the Holy Name of Jesus on it, in front of him; and with the passion of He, Whom it represented, Bernardine moved the hearts of everyone in the audience to desire the emblem. Soon the emblem was clamored for, to place not only on the outside of buildings, churches and etc., but on homes.Related itemsSupport the show
The AscensionScripture tells us that Jesus appeared to His disciples many times between His Resurrection and His Ascension into Heaven. (John 20:30 - "Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples which are not recorded in this book.")The second time He appeared to His Apostles after His Resurrection, which is recorded in Scripture, was on the Sea of Galilee. (John 21:1-25)Meditations on the Glorious MysteriesSupport the show
Although She appeared to be of royal estate, Her kindly demeanor toward him loosened his tongue and he replied, "I am taking some healing water from the Rio to my very sick relatives, who are dying."The Lady responded softly,"Then follow Me.  I will give you water to cure the disease.  It will cure not only your family, but all who drink of it.  My heart  is ever ready to help those who are ill, for I cannot bear to see their misfortune."Browse Our Collection about Our Lady of OcotlanSupport the show
Our Lady of Fatima May 13

Our Lady of Fatima May 13


Bob and Penny Lord travel to Fatima, Portugal and then to the Cova da Iria where Mary appeared to the children. Browse our Lady of Fatima CoillectionThey discuss  Valinhos, and  Loca da Cabeco  as well as  Lucia’s well where the Angel appeared to the children in 1916.The apparitions at Fatima are internationally known and recognized apparitions of Our Lady.The most famous Apparition here was the Miracle of the Sun on October 13, 1917. Bob and Penny explain the events of the apparition at Fatima and the happenings outside the apparitions.Support the show
"If my people will not obey, I shall be compelled to loose my Son’s Arm. It is so heavy, so pressing that I can no longer contain it."Journey to the French Alps, where Our Lady sat with two children and wept. Find out why she wept.Visit where the visionaries lived.Discover the story of how this Shrine came about after this apparition of Our Lady of La Salette.Possibly the most beautiful site for Our Lady's appearance France 1846Browse our Our of La Salette CollectionJourneys of Faith Blog Subscribe to our Free Blog Easy PeasyDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show
Pope Pius V

Pope Pius V


Pope Pius V was beatified one hundred years to the day after his death, on May 1, 1672, and was subsequently canonized forty years later on May 22, 1712.  History has told the story of this strong man, totally committed to his God, his Church, his religious order and his children, the people of God.  He has been found to be a powerful soldier of the Counter-Reformation.  He did what he did to stem the tide of Protestantism in the only way he knew how.  And the Church has honored and rewarded him by raising him to the Communion of Saints.  No greater reward can be given to a man of God.  We thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving us this great Defender of the Faith at a time when we needed him desperately.  Lord, we think You've given us a Pope Saint Pius V today in Pope John Paul II.  Please give him strength and health.  We need him.  Support the show (
Miracles of the Cross in the Lives of the Saints  Click hereChapter 1 Miracles of the Cross - Saint Thomas AquinasChapter 2 Miracles of the Cross - Saint Francis of AssisiChapter 3 Miracles of the Cross - Saint Paul of the Cross This Podcast Chapter 4 Miracles of the Cross - Saint Catherine of SienaChapter 5 Miracles of the Cross - Saint Anges of MultipulcianoChapter 6 Miracles of the Cross - Saint Gemma GalganiChapter 7 Miracles of the Cross - Saint Padre PioChapter 8 Miracles of the Cross - Saint PeregrineChapter 9 Miracles of the Cross - SSaint Clare of MontefalcoChapter 10 Miracles of the Cross - Saint Rita of CasciaChapter 11 Miracles of the Cross - Saint Teresa of AvilaChapter 12 Saint Veronica GulianiSupport the show (
"To Jesus through Mary"Browse Saint Louis Marie de MontfortWe traveled through France and traced the life of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort.See how this man labored throughout Normandy bringing the Gospel to the faithful. Saint Laurent-Sur-Sevres, Pontchateau, the famous Calvary built by Saint Louis, and the places he visited, Mont Saint Michel, Loreto, and Rome.Prophecy of Last Days by Saint Louis de MontfortThe reason we call Saint Louis Marie de Montfort a prophet of the last days, even though he lived between the last half of the Seventeenth Century and the first part of the Eighteenth century is because of what we read in his prophecies which deal with these last days:Support the show (
 Genazzano, a small town just outside Rome is where a voyage of a fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel traveled from Albania across the Adriatic Sea to this little hamlet, and rested in a broken-down church, which has since become a major shrine.To this day the Fresco is suspended in the air!Miraculous fresco of Our Lord Jesus which bled when attacked by a sword; and the sword, which bent Miraculously and has remained that way to this day.More about Our Lady of Good CounselSupport the show (
Visions of the Saints6 hours of listening for only $9Download and listen todayThis Podcast = Visions of Saint Nicholas of TolentinoVisions of Saint Margaret of CortonaVisions of Saint GertrudeVisions of Saint Clare of MontefalcoVisions of Saint Catherine of SienaVisions of Saint Frances of RomeVisions of Saint Catherine of GenoaVisions of Saint Teresa of AvilaVisions of Saint Philip NeriVisions of Saint Catherine de' RicciVisions of Saint Mary Magdalene de PazziVisions of Saint Margaret Mary AlacoqueVisions of the Cure of ArsVisions of Saint John BoscoVisions of Saint BernadetteVisions of Padre PioVisions of the Children of FatimaVisions of the Saints6 hours of listening for only $9Download and listen todaySupport the show (
Saint Gaspar del Bufalo stood up against the powers of evil, which in his day was Napoleon Bonaparte.Founder of the Missionaries of the Most Precious BloodMore about Saint GasparHis famous words. "I cannot, I must not and I will not!"Apostle of the devotion to the Precious Blood, was born in Rome on January 6, 1786.As a devoted priest Saint Gaspar del Bufalo he revived the works of the apostolate in Rome and later became a dedicated missionary. In his missionary travels of Italy he invited the faithful to reflect upon and to adore the Precious Blood of Christ.In the year 1815 he founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.Support the show (
The account of how the Sacred Heart Devotion was given to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. Journey to Paray-le-Monial to the Convent of the Visitation where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque received apparitions of Jesus, where He showed her His Sacred Heart, and gave her the promises of the Sacred Heart. Learn about St. Claude Colombiere and how he, along with St. Margaret Mary, was responsible for our devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.Support the show (
There is a time for Mercy and a time for Justice. Expelling Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden was an act of God’s Justice. But even then, as the Angel was blocking the way to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden,1 and ushering our first parents out into the cold world, God was showing His Mercy to us through His promise of the Messiah, the Redeemer. God has always lived up to His Word. Throughout Salvation history, we have been beneficiaries of God’s Mercy. And very few times has He let loose His Justice. Sodom and Gomorrah was God’s Justice. Noah and the Ark was God’s Justice, but also mingled with God’s Mercy. The miracle of Moses and the Jews crossing the Red Sea was God’s Mercy, coupled with God’s Justice on the Pharaoh’s charioteers. When finally we are in the last days, with possibly the end of the world at hand, and we are about to face the Last Judgment, at that time the God of Mercy will give way to the God of Justice.More about Divine MercySupport the show (
Meditations on the Sorrowful MysteriesBrowse our Collection of the Sorrowful MysteriesSupport the show (
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We will post a short podcast each day of This Holy WeekMeditation on the Agony in the GardenBrowse our collection on the Sorrowful MysteriesSupport the show (
Visions of Saint Catherine of SienaGlimpses HeavenIn each century, when the Church has been in need, the Lord has raised up powerful men and women to save her.  Catherine was one of those powerful women, a light in the darkness of the Fourteenth Century.  She had been chosen by her Lord and Savior to be His bride.  And then, when He believed she was ready, He commissioned her to save His Church.  She had lived for the Church and she died for the Church, one of those "Dry Martyrs" (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen used this expression to describe those who do not shed their blood for Mother Church, but "who suffer over a period of years pain that far exceeds that of the Wet Martyrs.") we so often speak of in our books. Browse our Saint Catherine of Siena CollectionSupport the show (
St. Jean Vianney dedicated a great part of his life, close to eighteen hours a day, to hearing confessions, to head off souls racing toward Hell.  When he entered Ars, there were four dance halls in the town, but not enough room or desire for one church.  Through his priesthood, swearing turned to praying, people in the fields worked with a rosary in their hands and stopped to pray the Angelus at noon, dance halls emptied, the church filled, conversion came about!Browse our Saint John Vianney CollectionIt was believed that he "enjoyed the sight of Our Lord's presence in the Eucharist."  One time, after the Consecration of the Mass, he said, "As soon as we pray for sinners, when Our Lord is on the altar during Mass, He casts towards them (sinners) rays of light, in order to make them see their misery, and so to convert them."Support the show (
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