Faithful Friday: Padre Pio

Pio of Pietrelcina, more commonly known as Padre Pio, was born in Pietrelcina (Benevento), Italy in 1887 to Maria Giuseppa DeNunzio and Grazio Maria Forgione. He was their fourth child of eight. As a child, he would interact with his guardian angel, reacting in surprise when realizing other children could not see their heavenly guardians.

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Summer 2022: The Virtue of Prudence

Join us as we explore Prudence, along with corresponding virtues Diligence, Discretion and Wisdom. In these pages you will find poetry, the first installment of a serial story, a discussion of boundaries, an interview with Phil Lollar of Adventures in Odyssey, and plenty more. We are also continuing our seasonal picture contest… check it out!

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Faithful Friday: Martha of Bethany

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things…” (Luke 10:41). This is probably not what Martha expected she would be known for, on the off chance she expected to be remembered at all.

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Faithful Friday: St. Kilian

St. Kilian (sometimes spelled “Killian” or “Cillian”) was born in the mid 600s in Ireland. He became a missionary and a traveling bishop in the custom of the Irish Church…

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Faithful Friday: Dr. J. Vernon McGee

John Vernon McGee was born in 1904 in Hillsboro, Texas. His family moved to Tennessee when his father died in 1918. Vernon, as he was known, graduated college then seminary, then became the pastor of a church first in Decatur, Georgia, and afterward in Cleburne, Texas. It was there that Vernon met his future wife, Ruth Inez Jordan.

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Faithful Friday: Justin Martyr

Justin Martyr was an early Christian apologist, born about the year 100 AD. He was a student of philosophy and was converted circa 130 AD in part by the witness of martyrs going joyfully to their deaths.

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Faithful Friday: Lydia of Philippi

Lydia of Philippi is one of the comparatively few women mentioned by name in the Acts of the Apostles, but very little is known about her. Acts 16:11ff tells us that Lydia sold purple cloth, that she was from Thyatira, and she was a believer who took Paul, Silas, and Luke into her home when they arrived in Philippi.

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Spring 2022: The Virtue of Temperance

Join us as we explore Temperance, with sides of Charity, Meekness and Forgiveness! Inside you’ll find a various thoughts on Temperance as well as a new ending to an old Greek myth, a review of a comic series and more. We are also introducing a contest… check it out!

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Faithful Friday: Saint Dominic Savio

Dominic Savio was born to Carlo (or Charles) and Brigitta Savio on April 2, 1842, one of ten children. At age seven, Dominic wrote down four resolutions, the fourth of which was “Death before sin.”

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Faithful Friday: Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph of Arimathea was a man who followed Jesus Christ from a distance. He was a wealthy member of the Sanhedrin, the leaders of the Jewish community.

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Faithful Friday: St. Theodore of Sykeon

St. Theodore of Sykeon’s mother Mary was given a vision of a star, coming down from Heaven and entering her womb. His father Cosmas and various holy men interpreted Mary’s vision to mean the newly conceived child was to be a holy man of God.

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Faithful Friday: Martin Chemnitz

Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586) was a second wave Lutheran, often known as “the Second Martin” as his contributions to the Lutheran faith were second only to those of Martin Luther.

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Faithful Friday: Gabriel

Today (March 25th) is exactly nine months before Christmas Day, so today we celebrate the Annunciation. Since we’ve already covered the Blessed Virgin Mary this year, today we’re going to look at the other person in that room – the angel Gabriel. 

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Faithful Friday: Saints Perpetua & Felicity

Perpetua and Felicity were early Christian martyrs who died in Carthage in 203AD. The primary narrative of their experiences was written by Perpetua herself in the form of a journal.

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Why, Peter? A Brief History of the Papacy

It’s common knowledge that Catholics believe that the Pope is the head of the Church. Today, let’s look at history – how did we get from Peter to Pope Francis?

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Faithful Friday: Colmán of Lindisfarne

Colman of Lindisfarne was born in Ireland around 605AD. He first joined the monastery of Iona, then was moved to the monastery of Lindisfarne soon after its founding in 635. Eventually he became the abbot there, a position that also made him the bishop of Northumbria. 

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Winter 2022: The Virtue of Fortitude

Join us as we explore Fortitude, with sides of Patience, Perseverance, Courage and Hope! In addition to our author interview, book and media recommendations, and hymn, we have a Greek myth, personal stories, prayers, poetry, and puzzles, as well as our various views on faith, science, and the origins of the world in Controversy Corner. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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