Thursday, October 31, 2013

Vigil of All Saints

Let us prepare our souls for the graces heaven is about to shower upon the earth in return for its homage. Tomorrow the Church will be so overflowing with joy that she will seem to be already in possession of eternal happiness; but today she appears in the garb of penance, confessing that she is […]

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Instead of thy fathers, sons are born to thee. Thus does the Church, disowned by Israel, extol in her chants the apostolic fruitfulness which resides in her till the end of time. Yesterday she was already filled with that loving hope which is never deceived, that the holy Apostles Simon and Jude would anticipate their […]

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Last Sunday of October: The Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Kingdom of Heaven—Holy Church—is seen bringing forth out of her treasure “things new and old;”. Although she can never add new dogmas to the deposit of Faith entrusted to her, as the ages go by she is seen understanding more perfectly and explaining more fully those treasures in her keeping. She is a living […]

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saint Evaristus, Pope and Martyr

The Beloved Disciple had just received the long-promised visit of our Lord inviting him to heaven when the Church, under Evaristus, completed the drawing up of the itinerary for her long pilgrimage to the end of time. The blessed period of the apostolic times was definitively closed, but the eternal City continued to augment her […]

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Saints Chrysanthus and Daria, Martyrs

Chrysanthus was united, in his confession of our Lord, with her whom he had won to Christianity and to the love of the angelic virtue. Our forefathers had a great veneration for these two martyrs who, having lived together in holy virginity, were together buried alive in a sand pit at Rome for refusing to […]

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Saint Raphael, Archangel

The approach of the great solemnity, which will soon be shedding upon us all the splendors of heaven, seems to inspire the Church with a profound recollection. Except for the homage she must needs pay, on their own date, to the glorious Apostles Simon and Jude, only a few Feasts of simple rite break the […]

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Begin Novena For the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Read/print the novena here.

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Saint Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop and Confessor

Saint Anthony Mary Claret is the Founder of the Claretian Fathers, or the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Born in 1807 in Spain, he was a very pious child. He later wrote that, already at the age of five, “my little heart trembled at the thought of hell, and I […]

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Saint Hilarion, Abbot; St. Ursula and Her Companions, Virgins and Martyrs

“Monks were unknown in Syria before St. Hilarion,” says his historian St. Jerome. “He instituted the monastic life in that country, and was the master of those who embraced it. The Lord Jesus had his Anthony in Egypt and his Hilarion in Palestine, the former advanced in years, the latter still young.” Now our Lord […]

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

According to Honorius of Autun (Book IV, chapter 93 of Gemma animæ), the Mass of today has reference to the days of Antichrist. The Church, foreseeing the reign of the man of sin, and as though she were actually undergoing the persecution, which is to surpass all others—she takes her Introit of this twenty-second Sunday […]

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