Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Homeschool with Saint Augustine (City of God)

 I wanted to pass on this resource, and what a great idea ... 

High School Homeschool

The City of God by Saint Augustine

at the Rainbow Resource Center



Teacher's Guide

... more at Rainbow Resource Center, including a Student Guide and Tests & Quizes



Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Saint Lydwine (Lidwina)

I'm always excited to find a new saint!

I was reading a book (Divine Milieu), and I came across a list of people on a page of the book which included someone I had not heard of before ...

  • Job (Biblical Figure)
  • Augustine (Saint)
  • Magdalen (Biblical Figure and Saint)
  • Lydwine (Saint)

... I knew everyone on the list except Saint Lydwine

I was researching online about who was this new saint (Saint Lydwine), and I found a wonderful site right here on blogger about saints - 365 Saints... be sure to check it out (and it does differ from 365 Rosaries also here on blogger - check out both of them)

Saint Lydwine at 365 Saints


Saint Lydwine at 365 Rosaries


Thursday, February 10, 2022

Foxe's Book of Martyrs

 This hagiographic book is described as being 337 years old!

"1684 Last Complete Folio Edition 3 Vols - Foxe's Book of Martyrs"

(Selina Hastings Library) ... going for $14,900 at ebay


Who was John Foxe?


Who was Selina Hastings?


Friday, December 17, 2021

The Golden Legend

Hagiographic book for Christmas 

The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine

... an excerpt from the University of Missouri's special collections and archives about this book

"One of the most popular hagiographies in the Middle Ages was the Golden Legend (Legenda aurea) written by the archbishop of Genoa, Jacobus de Voragine (1228/30-1298). Intended as a quick reference for the clergy, the Golden Legend is actually not one saint’s life but a collection of saints’ lives and liturgical and doctrinal instruction. The term “legend” here does not mean folklore or fairy tale, but instead a text that is meant to be read out loud. The connotations we have of the term legend, however, did become associated with Jacobus’s Legend after the Reformation when humanists deplored Jacobus’s work as idolatry. Prior to the Reformation, the Legend was immensely popular. Over 1,000 manuscripts of the Latin version survive today and there are another 500 extant manuscripts of translations into the European vernaculars. Jacobus broke the text down into the main divisions of the liturgical year. Chapters 1-5 cover Advent to Christmas, Chapters 6-30 cover Christmas to Septuagesima- the Sunday 70 days before Easter, Chapters 31-53 deal with the period between Septuagesima and Easter, Chapters 54-76 encompass Easter to the Pentecost, and finally Chapters 77-180 handle the Octave of Pentecost all the way back to Advent. Jacobus cited the Patristic authors in his writing, but also emphasized the miraculous and the inhuman aspects of the stories. This last point is what made the Legend so popular in the Middle Ages and also what caused its downfall after the Reformation. The Legend is a good reference for the lives of the saints, issues of importance to Jacobus and the Church in the thirteenth century, and as a handbook of doctrine, particularly on the medieval church’s understanding of salvation. ~ (Eamon Duffy, “Introduction to the 2012 Edition,” in The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints, by Jacobus de Voragine, translated by William Granger Ryan, xi-xx (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993); “Jacobus de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa,” Encyclopedia Britannica, last updated December 30, 2019.)"

see: https://library.missouri.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/show/fragmenta-manuscripta/devotional-books/hagiography

two volumn set of the book sold at amazon

Vol. 1 https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Legend-Readings-Saints-Vol/dp/0691001537/

Vol 2. https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Legend-Readings-Saints-Vol/dp/0691001545/

more information about this book at Wikipedia


Who was Jacobus de Varagine, author of the book?


Thursday, August 5, 2021

A Very Good Question! Who are the saints of the holy bible?

Who are the biblical saints?  I found some online references listing the saints of the bible ... I haven't doubled checked all of them yet, but they look credible - they are very nice lists (they are not just Catholic saints, but rather biblical saints).

Blogger - Bible Saints


World Press - New Song


Bible Saints - Catholic Biblical Association of America


Monday, April 12, 2021

An encyclical during the pandemic - Fratelli Tutti

Encyclical from Pope Francis during the pandemic ...

contains hagiographic related information

special encyclical pack from twenty-third publications