Today’s Feast Day: Padre Pio

Today is Padre Pio’s Feast Day! Padre Pio is the patron saint of teenagers and his prayers have been shown to be very powerful for those who pray to him.  Do you know a teenager who is going through a tough time and needs some prayers? Do you know someone who seems to be losing their faith or stopped going to mass? Why not spend some time now and pray to Padre Pio for them?

Today’s Feast Day: St Matthew

Today is the Feast Day of St Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist! St Matthew was a tax collector and is the patron saint of Bankers and Accountants.  Do you know a Banker or Accountant who is in need of some prayers? Why not say one to St Matthew to give them strength? It doesn’t take long and it could make a big difference!

Today’s Feast Day: The Korean Martyrs

Today’s Feast Day commemorates the persecution of Korean Christians in the 19th Century, when at least 8,000 were killed as a result of their faith.  It is worthwhile to remember that in 21st Century North Korea, Christians are the most heavily persecuted group in the world.

The small film below highlights the situation in North Korea. It’s only two minutes and definitely worth watching.

How many of us would be willing to keep to the faith under such difficulties? Please say a prayer today to the 19th Century Korean Christian martyrs for all those in North Korea and the rest of the world who are being persecuted today for their faith.

Today’s Feast Day: St Januarius

Today is the Feast Day of St Januarius, the Patron Saint of Naples!

St Januarius’ blood is kept in Naples Cathedral as a relic and liquifies and bubbles eighteen times a year when exposed. Scientists have not been able to explain this miracle to date.

Watch the video (under three minutes in length) below of his blood liquefying when the pope visited Naples in 2015.

Today’s Feast Day: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Being a Roman Catholic is neither abstract nor theoretical.  We must live it practically.  In our daily activities we continually come up against views contrary to the Catholic faith, even from fellow Catholics.  We hear criticisms of accepted Church teachings as if being a Roman Catholic is akin to being an extremist. Why not today make an effort to share Jesus’ cross and stand up for your faith? You don’t need to be argumentative, just say you disagree. If asked why, simply respond by saying you follow the Church’s teachings. You never know what effect that might have!