Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wednesday of Septuagesima Week

The guilty pair appear before the great God, whom they have offended; and instead of acknowledging their guilt, they seek to palliate and excuse it. But divine justice pronounces their condemnation, and the sentence will be felt by their posterity, even to the last generation. The two beings that had committed the heinous crime had […]

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tuesday of Septuagesima Week

The serpent’s promises had stifled, in Eve’s heart, every sentiment of love for the God that had created her and loaded her with blessings: she ambitions to be God like Him! Her faith, too, is wavering; she is not sure that God may not have deceived her, by threatening her with death should she disobey […]

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Saint Simeon, Bishop and Martyr

Red Simple How venerable our Saint of today, with his hundred and twenty years, and his episcopal dignity, and his Martyr crown! He succeeded the Apostle St. James in the See of Jerusalem; he had known Jesus, and had been his disciple; he was related to Jesus, for he was of the House of David; […]

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Monday of Septuagesima Week

The serpent said to the woman: “Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?” Thus opened the conversation which our mother Eve so rashly consents to hold with God’s enemy. She ought to refuse all intercourse with Satan; she does not; and thereby she imperils the salvation of […]

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Septuagesima Sunday

Violet Semidouble (Privilege of the Second Class) The holy Church calls us together today in order that we may hear from her lips the sad history of the fall of our first parents. This awful event implies the Passion and cruel Death of the Son of God made Man, who has mercifully taken upon Himself […]

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday Before Septuagesima Sunday: Suspension of the ‘Alleluia’

The calendar of the liturgical year will soon bring us to the commemoration of the Passion and Resurrection of our Redeemer; we are but nine weeks from these great solemnities. It is time for the Christian to be preparing his soul for a fresh visit from his Savior; a visit even more sacred and more […]

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Saints Faustinus and Jovita, Martyrs

Red Simple The two Brothers whom we are to honor today, suffered martyrdom in the beginning of the second century, and their memory has ever been celebrated in the Church. The glory of the great ones of this world passes away, and men soon forget even their very names. Historians have oftentimes a difficulty in […]

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Saint Valentine, Priest and Martyr

Red Simple The Church honors, on this fourteenth day of February, the memory of the holy Priest Valentine, who suffered martyrdom towards the middle of the third century. The ravages of time have deprived us of the details of his life and sufferings; so that extremely little is known of our Saint. This is the […]

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites, Confessors

White Double Clouds are gathering over Holy Church. We are minded on every side of the approach of those days when our Emmanuel will show Himself to us in the pitiable state to which our sins have brought Him. Bethlehem is so soon followed by Calvary. We shall find the Mother of divine grace at […]

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Monday, February 11, 2019

The Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary at Lourdes

White Greater Double “My bow shall appear in the clouds and I will remember My covenant with you.” The lessons at Matins on February 11th, 1854 (Thursday in Sexagesima week) recalled these words, and the world soon learned that on this very day Mary had appeared, more fair than the sign of hope which typified […]

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