Catholic Traditions

Ego Patricius: a Review of “I Am Patrick”

By Brad Miner, Catholic Thing, March 16, 2020 Is there a saint more Catholic than St. Patrick? Yet, as you probably know, the great Apostle of Ireland (and one of that nation’s patrons) wasn’t Irish at all but a Roman Briton, son of a decurion, the mayor/tax collector of the town (possibly... read more

February 14th: Saint Valentine’s Day

Long before Christianity began, the day we celebrate as Valentine’s Day [February 14th] was actually a holiday of the Roman Empire, known as Lupercalia. One of the god’s honored during this festival was Pan or Faunus, the god of nature. Another was June, the goddess of women and marriage.... read more

When does the Christmas season end?

By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia, January 06, 2020 Is it December 26? January 6? February 2? In secular culture the Christmas season begins around Halloween and ends on December 26. However, in the Roman Catholic Church, the liturgical season of Christmas only begins on December 25 and lasts much... read more

Hold That Tree: Christmas Ain’t Over Yet

By Drew Belsky, OnePeterFive, December 26, 2019 The new calendar is one of the subtler corrosives the post-conciliar Vatican poured on the faith of an unsuspecting Catholic populace. From introducing confusion as to the existence of well respected saints to obliterating octaves to the chaos of... read more