Monday, October 15, 2018

Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin

White Double “Although the Church triumphant in heaven, and the Church mourning here on earth appear to be completely separated,” says Bossuet on this feast, “they are nevertheless united by a sacred bond. This bond is charity, which is found in this land of exile as well as in our heavenly country; which rejoices the […]

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Begin Novena in Honor of St. Raphael the Archangel

Read/print the novena here.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

Green Semidouble The remaining Sundays are the last of the Church’s cycle; but their proximity with its final termination varies each Year, according as Easter was early or late. This their movable character does away with anything like harmony between the composition of their Masses and the Lessons of the Night Office, all of which, […]

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Saint Callixtus I, Pope and Martyr

Red Double He was a sign of contradiction in Israel. In his own time, Christians were ranged either around him or against him. The trouble excited by his mere name sixteen hundred years ago was renewed in the middle of the nineteenth century by the discovery of a famous book, which gave an occasion to […]

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saint Edward the Confessor, King of England

White Semidouble This glorious saint was like a beautiful lily, crowning the ancient branch of the kings of Wessex. The times had progressed since that sixth century, when the pagan Cerdic and other pirate chiefs from the North Sea scattered with ruins the island of saints. Having accomplished their mission of wrath, the Anglo-Saxons became […]

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary

White Double of the Second Class In the sixteenth century, even amidst their many divergences, the so-called Reformers agreed in utterly rejecting all the honors paid by the Catholic Church to the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the grounds that such veneration of the Mother detracted from the supreme worship due to her Divine Son. Four […]

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Saint Francis Borgia, Confessor

White Semidouble Vanity of vanities and all is vanity. No argument was needed to impress this truth upon the Saint of today, when the coffin was opened which contained all that Spain had admired of youth and loveliness, and death suddenly revealed to him its awful reality. O ye beauties of all times, death alone […]

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Saint Dionysius, Bishop and Martyr; and Saints Rusticus and Eleutherius, Martyrs

White (for St. Dionysius), Red (for St. Rusticus) Double Ushered in by Bridget the northern prophetess, Dionysius appears as the brightest star in that constellation of mystics, which illumines the close of the cycle with the first glimmers of eternal union. Soon we shall salute Teresa of Jesus, and her guide Peter of Alcantara; while […]

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Saint Bridget, Widow

White Double “Who, O Lord, has treated Thee thus?” “They that despise Me and forget My love.” This was the first revelation of the Son of God to Bridget of Sweden. Francis of Assisi, raising before the world the standard of the cross, had announced that Christ was about to recommence the dolorous way; not […]

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Feast of the Most Holy Rosary

White Double of the Second Class It is customary with men of the world to balance their accounts at the end of the year, and ascertain their profits. The Church is now preparing to do the same. We shall soon see her solemnly numbering her elect, taking an inventory of their holy relics, visiting the […]

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