Go here for a most excellent post by Wolftracker at Kansas City Catholic on martyrdom. For those of us who thirst to give the ultimate sacrifice, few are chosen. We can nonetheless daily make God the offer. Amen+
O Mary of Good Counsel, inflame the hearts of all who are devoted to you, so that all of them have shelter in you, O great Mother of God. O most worthy Lady, let everyone choose you as teacher and wise counselor of their souls, since you are, as Saint Augustine says, the counsel of the Apostles and counsel of all peoples. Amen+
"Those who visit a Catholic service today, believe themselves to be in a kind of therapeutic self-help group or at an educational seminar for the laity: One sings harmless little songs, grasps everyone by the hand or ponders childish pictures with Biblical themes. The Solemnity of the mystery often gives way to the profane, self-celebration of the community."
A philosophy that defends evil at all costs. It holds that man, not God, is the creator of the moral law. It rejects moral absolutes and calls for total freedom in moral matters without consequence. It approves of the violent removal of opposition.
Holy Face of Jesus
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Sorrowful Heart of Mary
Proud to be Irish Catholic!
Proud to be a Swedish Catholic!
Quebec Provincial Flag
Proud to be the Wife of a French Canadian! Pourquoi Pas?!
Saint Joan of Arc
Virgin, visionary and reluctant leader of the French armies who went on to defeat England. She was martyred by burning. Joan of Arc is one of the most maligned saints in history.
Blessed Margaret Plantagenet Pole
Martyr for the sanctity of marriage, mother of the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury. Brutally murdered by King Henry VIII
St. Elizabeth of the Visitation
Cousin of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of St. John the Baptist. Elizabeth was the first one Mary thought to go to after the Annunciation.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Medieval Queen & Saint, model of charity and an excellent example of how one can soar the heights of holiness despite worldly status, wealth and power. Wife and mother of 3, she suffered widowhood and subsequent destitution with patience.
St. Charles Borromeo
The "force" behind the council of Trent and a great defender of the Catholic Church. St. Charles lived a heroic and penitential life, boldly defending the Catholic faith against the errors of Luther. He died having spent his life and strength at the age of 45. St. Charles is incorrupt.
Also St. Gwenfrewy or Winefride, she was the daughter of a Welsh nobleman, Tyfid ap Eiludd. Her suitor, Caradog, was enraged when she decided to become a nun, and decapitated her. Her head rolled downhill, and, where it stopped, a healing spring appeared. Winefride's head was subsequently rejoined to her body due to the efforts of her maternal uncle, Saint Beuno, and she was restored to life. She later became a nun and abbess at Gwytherin in Denbighshire, and Caradog, cursed by St. Beuno, melted into the ground. She died 660.
Great Archangel, one of the seven who stand before the throne of the Most High. Patron of doctors, nurses and travellers. Read about him in the book of Tobit.
St. Edmund, Martyr & St. Edward Confessor
Medieval Kings of Catholic England. Both are patron saints of England and the English monarchy, despite the fact that these holy men were boldly and singularly CATHOLIC, St. Edmund on the left having died for his faith, bravely calling the name Jesus as he was tortured. Both are excellent models of masculine strength coupled with great faith. I am a great admirer of them both.
Founder of the great Benedictine order, founder of Western Monastacism, Abbott of Monte Cassino and namesake of our current Holy Father. St. Benedict designed the famous St. Benedict medal which is the most highly indulgenced sacramental of the church and a powerful weapon against evil. St. Benedict is especially powerful against the enemy at the hour of death.
St. Thomas More
Catholic Martyr of England, killed by King Henry VIII for refusing to sign the document which placed England in schism from Rome and making the King the head of the Church of England. Thomas More was a lawyer, a husband and loving father. You can see in this image at the wrists a small amount of white material? That is his hairshirt.
Pray for Holy Vocations
"Behold your Mother"
Pray the Chaplet of Our Lady's Tears
St. Michael the Archangel
Defend us in Battle...
This is My Body...
Mary's First Sorrow
The Prophesy of Simeon
Mary's Second Sorrow
The Flight Into Egypt
Mary's Third Sorrow
Jesus Lost in the Temple
Mary's Fourth Sorrow
Mary Meets Jesus on the Way of the Cross
Mary's Fifth Sorrow
The Death of Jesus
Mary's Sixth Sorrow
Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross and Placed in Her Arms