Monday, September 20, 2010

Wow, the Church really is Catholic...

 As we've talked about before, the word "catholic" comes from a Greek word which means "universal," "complete" or "of the whole." As in "spread throughout the whole entire world" - just as Christ intended. So is the Church truly "catholic"? Well, here's some food for thought: Think for a minute about the Church's calendar for today. Just today. Today is the memorial of St. Andrew Kim and Paul Chong and companions. These were some of the most important leaders and martyrs for the Catholic Faith in Korea.

But that's not all. Today is also for the feast day for over a dozen other lesser-known blesseds and saints, including an aged pope, a monk from Belgium and martyrs from France, Turkey, North Africa and Vietnam. Of course we know that just yesterday, our Holy Father (the German who is the successor to St. Peter, the Jewish fisherman) was in the United Kingdom adding one of their native Englishman to the Church's calendar. So yeah. The Church is pretty darn catholic, I'd say. Wouldn't you?
Though it may be hard to believe,
this now-famous symbol actually
had very holy beginnings.

And, today is also the feast day of St. Eustace. Those of you who are fans of Jagermeister might already be more familiar with him than you realize. Ya know the famous "buck with the cross" logo for the company? It's a symbol of St. Eustace, who is a patron saint of hunters. And although I know it's not quite that time of year yet, hunters, it might not be a bad idea to go ahead and find yourself a St. Eustace holy card. ...Just in case you need some prayers.