Wednesday, May 15, 2013

St. John Baptist de la Salle, Confessor

Generations of schoolboys have been taught by the Christian Brothers, and their founder, St. John Baptist de la Salle, is familiar in their prayers and devotions. “Brothers Boys” are scattered all over the world and all of them have fond memories of their “De la Salle” days. John Baptist de la Salle was born at […]

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

St. Boniface, Martyr

Boniface, a slave and citizen of Rome, had carried on an immoral relationship with his owner, by name Aglaë (aka Aglaida). He afterwards was so grieved for this immoral conduct that, by way of penance, he devoted himself to the search for and burial of the bodies of Martyrs. In one of his travels, he […]

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Monday, May 13, 2013

St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church

Born Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmino at Montepulciano, in Tuscany, Italy, October 4, 1542, St. Bellarmine was a nephew of Pope Marcellus II, and came of a noble though impoverished family. His abilities showed themselves early; as a boy he knew Virgil by heart, and composed a number of poems in Italian and Latin; one of […]

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First Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

The famous apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the children of Fatima took place during the First World War, in the summer of 1917. The inhabitants of this tiny village in the diocese of Leiria (Portugal) were mostly poor people, many of them small farmers who went out by day to tend their fields and […]

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday After the Ascension

[Station at St. Mary Mary of the Martyrs.] On this Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension of Our Lord, let us, like the Apostles gathered together, prepare in prayer for the holy day of Pentecost. Let us pray, as the Church prescribes, for the return of heretics to unity. Before the 15th century, the […]

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ss. Philip and James, Apostles

Philip was one of the first chosen disciples of Christ. On the way from Judea to Galilee Our Lord found Philip, and said, “Follow Me.” Philip straightway obeyed; and then in his zeal and charity sought to win Nathaniel also, saying, “We have found Him of Whom Moses and the prophets did write, Jesus of […]

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Begin Novena to the Holy Ghost

Read/print the novena here.

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St. Antoninus, Bishop, Confessor; Ss. Gordian & Epimachus, Martyrs

St. Antoninus He wanted to join the Dominicans, but he was so small he scarcely reached above the tabletop in the office of Blessed John Dominici, the Dominican prior of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. To put him off, the prior told him to go home and memorize the Decrees of Gratian, a compilation of […]

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Ascension of Our Lord

[Station at St. Peter’s.] Forty days after the Resurrection, Our Lord Jesus Christ, attended by Angels, ascended into Heaven, in the sight of His most holy Mother Mary, His Apostles, and disciples, to the great wonder of them all. He entered into possession of the Kingdom of Heaven which He had gained by His sufferings, […]

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St. Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church

Not to be confused with his father Saint Gregory Nazianzen the Elder who converted to Christianity and with his wife Saint Nonna sired three children who became saints, Gregory the son was born in 329 in the city of Nazianzus in Cappadocia. It was inevitable in such a holy family where his father was the […]

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