The Healing Hankies of St. Paul

“And God did extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were carried away from his body to the sick, and diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.” Acts 19:12. The veneration of relics was one of the practices targeted by the Reformation. There’s no question that…

The Weatherman Saint

July 15th is St. Swithun’s Day, and according to old British lore, if it rains on that day, it will rain for the next 40 days. We know this is true because a poem says so: St. Swithun’s day if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain, St. Swithun’s day if thou be…

The Patron Saint of Gamers?

A Brief Catechesis on Saints “Who is the patron saint of gamers?” was a search query that brought people to my blogs over the years. For those finding this page cold, it’s important to clarify just what “saint” means to the Catholic and Orthodox churches. Let’s break it down into two words: “saint” (small ‘s’) and…

A Saint’s Bones Recovered, An Anti-Catholic Plot Remembered

St. John Plessington was executed in 1679 in England for the crime of being of a Catholic priest. Now, the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England is hoping to raise funds for a DNA test to prove that some bones found in a pub long ago are, in fact, those of the saint St. John was killed…