Monday, September 30, 2013

Saint Jerome, Priest, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church

“I know not Vitalis, I reject Meletius, I pass by Paulinus; he that cleaveth to the Chair of Peter, he is mine.” Thus, about the year 376, when the whole East was disturbed by the competitions for the episcopal See of Antioch, wrote an unknown monk to Pope St. Damasus. It was St. Jerome, a […]

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The divine Leader of God’s people is their salvation and that in all their distress. Did we not last Sunday see him prove himself as such, an din a very telling way—by curing both body and soul of the poor Paralytic, who was a figure of the whole human race? Let us hear his voice, […]

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saint Wenceslas, Duke and Martyr

Wenceslas recalls to us the entrance into the Church of a warlike nation, the Czechs, the most indomitable of the Slavonic tribes, which had penetrated into the very midst of Germany. It is well known with what bitterness and active energy this nation upholds its social claims, as though its struggle for existence in the […]

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Begin Novena in Honor of Our Lady of the Rosary

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

Honor the physician for the need thou hast of him: for the most High hath created him. For all healing is from God, and he shall receive gifts of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head, and in the sight of great men he shall be praised. The most High […]

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Saint Cyprian, Martyr; and Saint Justina, Virgin and Martyr

Cyprian’s Confessio begins: “Whosoever ye be that are seduced by the mysteries of the demons, none of you can equal the zeal I once had for these false gods, nor my researches into their secrets, nor the vain power they had communicated to me, to me Cyprian, who from my infancy was given up to […]

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Our Lady of Ransom

The Office of the Time gives us, at the close of September, the Books of Judith and Esther. These heroic women were figures of Mary, whose birthday is the honor of this month, and who comes at once to bring assistance to the world. “Adonai, Lord God, great and admirable, who hast wrought salvation by […]

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Saint Linus, Pope and Martyr; Commemoration of Saint Thecla, Virgin and Martyr

The lives of the first Vicars of Christ are buried in a mysterious obscurity; just as the foundations of a monument built to defy the ravages of time are concealed from view. To be the supports of the everlating Church is a sufficient glory: sufficient to justify our confidence in them, and to awaken our […]

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Begin Novena in Honor of the Guardian Angels

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Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

The Paralytic carrying his bed is the subject of this day’s Gospel, and gives the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost its title. It has been thought, by some, that its having the number it bears has caused it to be inserted in the Missal immediately after the Ember Days of autumn. We will not, like the […]

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