Babe Ruth’s Catholic Conversion Story & The Little-Known Sacramental He

Babe Ruth’s Catholic Conversion Story & The Little-Known Sacramental He Took to His Grave

“I asked them to pin the Miraculous Medal to my pajama coat. I’ve worn the medal constantly ever since. I’ll wear it to my grave.”

Jacqueline Burkepile

Jacqueline BurkepileNovember 28, 2023 — 2 minutes read

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Babe Ruth in 1919 / Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Babe Ruth is considered the greatest baseball player of all time. He was also known for his drinking, partying, womanizing, and for his appetite.

But he was also a baptized Catholic.

Babe Ruth Always Found His Way Back to the Catholic Faith

In a letter written shortly before his death, Ruth explained his lifelong faith journey. And it was, quite literally, lifelong.

He explained that even if children do not understand or appreciate their upbringing in the Catholic faith, “once religion sinks in, it stays there–deep down.”

This proved true for him, as he attended Catholic school and maintained a good relationship with one of the school’s religious brothers.

He added, “The lads who get religious training, get it where it counts–in the roots. They may fail it, but it never fails them.”

While chasing worldly pleasures, faith remained a part of his life, even if he went astray for a little while.

He explained:

“While I drifted away from the Church, I did have my own ‘altar,’ a big window of my New York apartment overlooking the city lights. Often I would kneel before that window and say my prayers.”

Ruth continued:

“I would feel quite humble then. I’d ask God to help me not make such a big fool of myself and pray that I’d measure up to what He expected of me.”

Ruth’s Return to the Catholic Faith

In Dec. of 1946, Ruth underwent surgery two years before his death.

His close friend, Paul Carey, said, “They’re going to operate in the morning, Babe…don’t you think you ought to put your house in order?”

Ruth then explained that he “didn’t dodge the long, challenging look in his eyes. I knew what he meant.”

“For the first time, I realized that death might strike me out. I nodded, and Paul got up, called in a Chaplain, and I made a full confession,” Ruth revealed.

While visiting him, the chaplain said to Ruth, “I’ll return in the morning and give you Holy Communion…but you don’t have to fast.”

Ruth responded, “I’ll fast,” adding that he “didn’t have even a drop of water.”

He then wrote, 

“As I lay in bed that evening, I thought to myself what a comforting feeling to be free from fear and worries. I now could simply turn them over to God.”

A Little Boy’s Gift: Babe Ruth’s Treasured Sacramental

Babe Ruth received a letter from a little boy while lying in the hospital bed.

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Meet this former atheist who became Catholic at Lourdes

Following an inner prompting, one day Chourré went on a pilgrimage to the Lourdes sanctuary. There he had a complete recovery from depression and made the decision to become a Catholic. “Since then, I have given my life to God and my profession (photography), and I love the Church like a mother,” Chourré said. He now works as a Catholic photographer. His Instagram profile has around 8,000 followers, where he shares beautiful images of churches, Eucharistic adoration, and religious life.

The Shroud of Jesus: The Discovery of the Image of an Upright Man

The Shroud of Jesus: The Discovery of the Image of an Upright Man


The Shroud of Turin is a linen cloth approximately 14 feet by 3.5 feet that shows the front and back of the body of a naked man. It also carries blood marks that are consistent with the scourging and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth as described in the Gospel of John. From a forensic perspective, the blood marks of the shroud are consistent with that of a man who died in the crucified position. Many believe that this is the shroud of Jesus.

What Did a Saint Hear from the Souls in Purgatory? Video


What Did a Saint Hear from the Souls in Purgatory? | Ep. 88
All Episodes: Miracles and Prophecies of Saint John Bosco I know that Don Bosco saw the Poor Souls in Purgatory: that much is clear from his mystical dreams that I have covered on this channel. However, having read one particular sermon that he gave to a parish in Castelnuovo, I now think that he saw the Poor Souls far more often than just in dreams. It could merely be an oratorical trick to get people’s attention for the sermon, but Don Bosco did not play tricks. I will let you be the judge. In any case, I will be telling the story of how this sermon inspired young John Cagliero to join the Oratory. He was destined for greatness and later went on to become a bishop and assist the native peoples in Uruguay and Argentina. If you would like to see another video in which Don Bosco sees Purgatory in a vision, just click the link: • Don Bosco Explains How to Avoid Purga… Another video about Don Giovanni Cagliero: • Patagonian …More

Woman Cured Of Blindness During Papal Trip To Fatima

This young woman from Madrid has recovered her vision this morning in Fatima. This is how she has told us in the COPE microphones. At 16 years old, she suffered a loss of vision due to a myopia problem for more than two years, until only 5% was left. “She couldn’t use her mobile, all through the audience,” she explained to us excitedly. 

After all this time without being able to recover, they decided to pray a novena to the Virgen de las Nieves, whose festival is celebrated on August 5. “We have been praying for this for a long time and as it coincided with WYD, we asked all the young people to ask for my healing and today after receiving Communion… I see perfectly. I do not know how to explain it to you.” The Eucharist was celebrated after the Rosary of Pope Francis in Fatima, who, after entering the Chapel of Apparitions, venerated the image of the Virgin Mary of Fatima and stopped praying before her for a few moments in silence.

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As the July date approached Lucia continued to be troubled by the words of her pastor that the devil might be behind the apparitions.

As the July date approached Lucia continued to be troubled by the words of her pastor that the devil might be behind the apparitions. Finally, she confided to Jacinta that she intended not to go. When the day finally dawned, however, her fears and anxieties disappeared, so that the noon hour found her in the Cova with Jacinta and Francisco, awaiting the arrival of the beautiful Lady.

The apparition of July 13th would prove to be in many ways the most controversial aspect of the message of Fátima, providing a secret in three parts which the children guarded zealously. The first two parts, the vision of hell and the prophecy of the future role of Russia and how to prevent it, would not be revealed until Sr. Lucia wrote them down in her third memoir, at the request of the bishop, in 1941. The third part, usually called the Third Secret, was only later communicated to the bishop, who sent it unread to Pope Pius XII.

A few moments after arriving at the Cova da Iria, near the holmoak, where a large number of people were praying the Rosary, we saw the flash of light once more, and a moment later Our Lady appeared on the holmoak.

“Lucia,” Jacinta said, “speak. Our Lady is talking to you.”

“Yes?” said Lucia. She spoke humbly, asking pardon for her doubts with every gesture, and to the Lady: “What do you want of me?”

I want you to come back here on the thirteenth of next month. Continue to say the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war, because only she can obtain it.

“Yes, yes.”

“I would like to ask who you are, and if you will do a miracle so that everyone will know for certain that you have appeared to us.”

You must come here every month, and in October I will tell you who I am and what I want. I will then perform a miracle so that all may believe.

Thus assured, Lucia began to place before the Lady the petitions for help that so many had entrusted to her. The Lady said gently that she would cure some, but others she would not cure.

“And the crippled son of Maria da Capelinha?”

No, neither of his infirmity nor of his poverty would he be cured, and he must be certain to say the Rosary with his family every day.

Another case recommended by Lucia to the Lady’s assistance was a sick woman from Atougia who asked to be taken to heaven.

Tell her not to be in a hurry. Tell her I know very well when I shall come to fetch her.

Make sacrifices for sinners, and say often, especially while making a sacrifice: O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

[First Part of the Secret – The Vision of Hell]

As Our Lady spoke these words she opened her hands once more, as had during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now following back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (it must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me do). The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. terrified and as if to plead for succor, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us, so kindly and so sadly:

[Second Part of the Secret]

You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. It is to save them that God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace.

This war will end, but if men do not refrain from offending God, another and more terrible war will begin during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night that is lit by a strange and unknown light [this occurred on January 28, 1938], you will know it is the sign God gives you that He is about to punish the world with war and with hunger, and by the persecution of the Church and the Holy Father.

To prevent this, I shall come to the world to ask that Russia be consecrated to my Immaculate Heart, and I shall ask that on the First Saturday of every month Communions of reparation be made in atonement for the sins-of the world. If my wishes are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, then Russia will spread her errors throughout the world, bringing new wars and persecution of the Church; the good will be martyred and the Holy Father will have much to suffer; certain nations will be annihilated. But in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and the world will enjoy a period of peace. In Portugal the faith will always be preserved…

[Third Part of the Secret – Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith, “The Message of Fátima”]

{After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’.

And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in white; ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross, he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.}

Remember, you must not tell this to anyone except Francisco.

When you pray the Rosary, say after each mystery: O my Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need.

“Is there anything more that you want of me?”

No, I do not want anything more of you today.

Then as before Our Lady began to ascend towards the east, until she finally disappeared in the immense darkness of the firmament.

The possession of the Secret proved to be very great trial for the three young ones. Family, neighbors, followers of the apparitions, even the clergy, tried unsuccessfully to get them to reveal it. Finally, as the day of the August apparition approached even the civil government, which was secular and virulently anti-clerical, alarmed by the numbers of people taking an interest in the Fátima events, attempted to wrest it from them and in the process expose the Church as a collaborator in a fraud.

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