Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

I'd like to invite you to join me and a growing group of Catholic bloggers
at Sunday Snippets.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  Thanks
to RAnn for hosting!

Semper Gaudete!: They Should Start Arriving Soon!

Semper Gaudete!: Homily 2012-06-25 - Fr Joseph Mary MFVA - Weekday

Semper Gaudete!: Welcome To Hobby Talk Tuesday

Semper Gaudete!: Horrific News Article

Semper Gaudete!: The End of America? The HHS Mandate's Threat to Freedom

Semper Gaudete!: NunEssential: Discounted Abortions on Sunday...

Semper Gaudete!: - Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law, Individual Mandate

Semper Gaudete!: Seeking, and Finding, Magnets

Semper Gaudete!: My Review of "St. Who? ~ 39 Holy Unknowns~" by Brian O'Neel

Semper Gaudete!: VENERABLE Fulton J. Sheen

Semper Gaudete!: Books Read In The Past Week

Books Read In The Past Week

    Books read for the first time are marked with a #

 "An Old-Fashioned Girl"
      by Louisa May Alcott
   {carried over from last week}
"Night Flight" #
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"B is For Betsy"
"Betsy and Billy"
by Carolyn Haywood
[children's fiction]
"Little Men"
by Louisa May Alcott
{carrying over into next week}

VENERABLE Fulton J. Sheen

This is wonderful news!   
(And that is a understatement!)

My Review of "St. Who? ~ 39 Holy Unknowns~" by Brian O'Neel

I found this book to be absolutely delightful.  While most collective biographies of the saints concentrate on those who are well-known, this one refreshingly focuses on some who are, as
the title says, "Holy Unknowns."
Two of my favorite chapters are "St. Gangolf : The Cuckold " and "Bl. Jacoba De 'Settesoli:  St. Francis' Other "Beloved Lady" .
As you can tell by the subtitle of the first-named chapter, St. Gangolf's  wife, Ganea, was unfaithful.   St. Gangolf, however, forgave her infidelity, and she repaid him by having her lover murder him. (Now that's gratitude for you!)
Soon after St. Gangolf's death, many miracles occurred at his tomb.  On  hearing of these 
miracles, Ganea sneered that Gangolf worked miracles as well as her rear end sang songs.
What happened next was nothing short of poetic justice.
   I must say, though, that I enjoyed the chapter about Bl. Jacoba De 'Settesoli much more.
  Bl. Jacoba did much to help the Franciscans in the early days of the Order.   She also looked after St. Francis like a mother.   She made a pastry called mustaccioli, which St. Francis loved.
(I was charmed to learn this little tidbit about St. Francis.)
If this book gets the readership it deserves, the "Holy Unknowns" should soon become
very well-known.
This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Saint Who?. This is also a great Catholic gift store for all your seasonal shopping needs, such as Christian wedding gifts and Catholic Garden Gifts.