30 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Let's bring back patron saints

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

By John Delaney

This article appeared in the November 1983 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 48, No. 11, pages 31-33).


How many saints are there?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Catholics frequently invoke the holy women and men of the church. But how many people make up this exclusive group?

What is the transfiguration?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
A mountaintop encounter with Jesus and his apostles holds valuable lessons for all followers of Christ.

All three synoptic gospels tell the story of the transfiguration of Jesus (Matt. 17:1-13; Mark 9:3-13; Luke 9:28-36)—frequently a sign of the importance of an event from Jesus’ life for the early Christian community. Its origin is debated. Some scholars say the transfiguration episode is really an account of Jesus’ resurrection which was moved to a different part of the gospels. Others think it has its roots in an actual visionary event of some kind.


Embracing Latino popular devotions

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Theology professor Roberto Goizueta offers a crash course on the popular traditions of Latino Catholics.

As many American Catholics in parishes with growing Hispanic communities are learning, the church is filled with many different popular traditions and customs that enrich the faith lives of its members. But to those Catholics who may not know the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe or understand why someone would keep an altar in their home, these practices may seem a little unusual.


Oscar Romero: A saint for the poor

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Oscar Romero, now back on the path to sainthood, was called to conversion by ordinary Salvadorans.

Oscar Romero: A saint for the poor

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Oscar Romero, now back on the path to sainthood, was called to conversion by ordinary Salvadorans.

Special section: Resources for Holy Week

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons

Holy Thursday

I could have prayed all night
Catherine O'Connell-Cahill tells of her family's annual Holy Thursday auto rally to seven Chicago churches.

Feet first
Planning to get your Triduum off on the right foot? Or is it the left? Gabe Huck explains why Holy Thursday's washing of the feet offers a profound and gentle redirection to Resurrection.


Who invented Advent?

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology

The easy answer to that question is, we, the church, did. The feasts and seasons of the liturgical year all developed from the church’s desire to remember, celebrate, and live the great mysteries of our faith.

The answer gets more complicated when we realize that these seasons originated centuries ago and developed independently in different places, spreading, combining, and sometimes dying out.

Before we can talk about Advent, we have to talk about Christmas, obviously, and, less obviously, Epiphany.


Following Saint Francis in today's world

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
To the well-known saint, the most important human right is the right to love.

We live in a society that highly values perceived rights. People advocate for equal rights, a right to life, a right to die, a right to choose, a right to bear arms and a vast array of other tenets, some of them engraved in our Bill of Rights. Most advocates adorn their righteous causes with cloaks of freedom, fairness, or equality. Many of them are deeply caring and committed in their efforts.


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