Day of Prayer and Fasting May 13, 2022

 On Tuesday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced that the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Friday, May 13th will be a day of united prayer and fasting for peace in our world and the end to legal abortion in the United States. We are inviting you to answer the call to prayer by joining Family Rosary Across America on Friday, May 13th at 7 PM CT; lift up these intentions as well as your own with families across the nation to the heart of Mary, our Mother.Our Lady of Fatima, Queen of Peace, pray for us!Your Friends at Relevant Radio   The Relevant Radio® Mission:Bringing Christ to the world through the media© 2022 Relevant Radio,...

Bind On the Breastplate of St. Patrick

SEAN FITZPATRICK “Go, Patrick,” a voice echoed through his sleep, “thy ship is prepared! Arise and go!” Patrick arose and went with a prayer on his lips. He slipped unseen from his master’s house and fled down the western shore where he saw a ship disembarking. “Thy ship departs, Patrick,” the voice cried again in his ears. Patrick plunged into the sea and caught a rope tossed to him by one of the sailors. After being kidnapped from his coastal home in Scotland to serve as a slave of a Druid priest in Ireland for six years, Patrick, the son of a Roman deacon, was free again. It was not the first time that Patrick would spurn pagan tyranny in his life. In years to come, he would end their oppression not by fleeing, but by bringing them freedom, arising armed and protected by a great, bright Breastplate bound to his soul. After escaping from Ireland, the young Saint Patrick traveled to a monastery in France where he met with his uncle, St. Martin of Tours. He began studying for the priesthood and was ordained under the patronage of St. Germain. After years of missionary work, Patrick was chosen...

St. Patrick – Happy Feast Day!

  Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 493. Some sources say 460 or 461. —Ed. He had for his parents Calphurnius and Conchessa. The former belonged to a Roman family of high rank and held the office of decurio in Gaul or Britain. Conchessa was a near relative of the great patron of Gaul, St. Martin of Tours. Kilpatrick still retains many memorials of Saint Patrick, and frequent pilgrimages continued far into the Middle Ages to perpetuate there the fame of his sanctity and miracles. In his sixteenth year, Patrick was carried off into captivity by Irish marauders and was sold as a slave to a chieftan named Milchu in Dalriada, a territory of the present county of Antrim in Ireland, where for six years he tended his master’s flocks in the valley of the Braid and on the slopes of Slemish, near the modern town of Ballymena. He relates in his “Confessio” that during his captivity while tending the flocks he prayed many times in the day: “the love of God“, he added, and His fear increased in me more and more, and the faith grew in me, and the spirit was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same, so that whilst in the woods and on the...

Beginning of the Diocesan Inquiry of the Servant of God Akash Bashir

By Fr. Gabriel Cruz SDB        Lahore, Pakistan, 15 March 2022 — The 7th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Akash Bashir, a past pupil of Don Bosco. The Christian community of Pakistan gathered today in a historic event, the formal beginning of the Diocesan Inquiry for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, Akash Bashir, a Past Pupil of Don Bosco. The first Pakistani citizen in the process of Beatification and Canonization. The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the city of Lahore could not contain the crowd of faithful who gathered for the opening ceremony of the diocesan phase, as well as the solemn Eucharistic celebration. In an atmosphere of immense joy, devotion, and expectation, those present listened attentively to the memory of the death of the Servant of God Akash Bashir, which took place just 7 years ago. The three members of the Tribunal and the Vice-Postulator, Fr. Gabriel Cruz SDB, took the public oath required for this ceremony. The message sent by the World President of the Confederation of Alumni of Don Bosco, Mr. Bryan Magro, was also read. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the...

Akash Bashir, Who Died Protecting Catholic Worshippers in Pakistan, Named a Servant of God

Bashir died on March 15, 2015, when suicide bombers attacked St. John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church of the Church of Pakistan. By Reprint of article by Katie Yoder/CNA World and NCR        2 February 2022 Lahore, Pakistan — When a suicide bomber attempted to enter a Catholic church in Pakistan in 2015, a 20-year-old volunteer security guard blocked him.        “I will die but I will not let you go in,” he reportedly told the terrorist armed with explosives. The attacker then set off a bomb, immediately killing himself and the man now recognized as a candidate for canonization: Akash Bashir.        Because of his actions, the church — with more than 1,000 Catholics inside — was saved from a direct blast.        Bashir died on March 15, 2015, when suicide bombers attacked St. John’s Catholic Church and Christ Church of the Church of Pakistan. Located in Lahore, the churches stand in one of the country’s largest Christian neighborhoods.        Terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA) later claimed the attacks that killed 17 people and injured more than 70, Vatican News reported.        Those numbers might...