J.R.R. Tolkien Letters

From two letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) to his son Michael (1920-1984), on the Blessed Sacrament: • March 1941: “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. … There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity,… Continue reading J.R.R. Tolkien Letters

Pope St. Nicholas I

105 Pope St. Nicholas I Pope from April 24, 858 – November 13, 867Lived: c. 800 – November 13, 867 Give me the scoop on Nicholas I.A Roman from a noble family, Nicholas was well-known, even before becoming pope, for his holiness, goodwill, intelligence, and ability to lead. He was a subdeacon under Pope Sergius… Continue reading Pope St. Nicholas I

#101 Pope Gregory IV

Pope from March 828 – January 25, 844 Died: January 25, 844 Give me the scoop on Gregory IV. Born in Rome late in the 8th Century, Gregory was known for his penchant for learning and his rugged good looks (yes, seriously) prior to being pope. After priestly ordination, Gregory served as cardinal and pastor… Continue reading #101 Pope Gregory IV

#100 Pope Valentine

Pope from August 31, 827 – October 10, 827 Lived: 800 – October 10, 827Give me the scoop on Valentine. Valentine, a Roman by birth, advanced very quickly in his service of the Church. Being very holy and of pure morals, he for good reason became a favorite of both St. Paschal I and Eugene… Continue reading #100 Pope Valentine

#53 Pope St. John I

23 Johns ago, there was a First! Pope St. John I Pope from 523-526 A.D.Died: 526 A.D. Give me the scoop on John I.The first of over 20 popes to be called “John” was born in Tuscany in 470, but moved to Rome at a young age. He served as a priest for most of… Continue reading #53 Pope St. John I

#95, Pope Adrian I

Pope from February 1, 772 – December 25, 795 Lived: c. 700 – December 25, 795 Give me the scoop on Adrian I. A Roman by birth, Adrian set himself up well to follow Stephen III and take over the papacy at such an uneasy time in the Church’s history. Adrian was from a noble… Continue reading #95, Pope Adrian I

#94, Pope Stephen III

Pope Stephen III Pope from August 7, 768 – February 1, 772Lived: 720 – February 1, 772 Give me the scoop on Stephen III.Stephen was born in Sicily, the son of a man named Olivus. Stephen first served as a Benedictine monk in the abbey of St. Chrysogonus (sound familiar? His name is in the… Continue reading #94, Pope Stephen III