Saturday, October 19, 2013

Peter of Alcantara, Confessor

“O happy penance, which has won me such glory!” said the Saint of today at the threshold of heaven. And on earth, Teresa of Jesus wrote of him “Oh! what a perfect imitator of Jesus Christ God has just taken from us, by calling to his glory that blessed religious Brother Peter of Alcantara! The […]

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Saint Luke, Evangelist

The goodness and kindness of God our Savior hath appeared to all men. It would seem that the third Evangelist, a disciple of St. Paul, had purposed setting forth this word of the Doctor of the Gentiles; or may we not rather say, the Apostle himself characterizes in this sentence the Gospel wherein his disciple […]

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin

This simple Visitation nun was born Margaret Mary Alacoque on July 22, 1647 to Claude Alocoque and his wife Philiberte Lamyn Alacoque at L’Hautecour in Burgundy, France. When Claude died in 1655, Margaret was sent by her mother to the Poor Clares’ school in Charolles where she stayed with her uncle who mistreated her badly. […]

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Saint Hedwige, Widow

At the beginning of the thirteenth century, the plateau of Upper Asia poured down a fresh torrent of barbarians, more terrible than all their predecessors. The one fragile barrier, which the Græco-Slavonian civilization could oppose to the Mongols had been swept away by the first wave of the invasion; not one of the States formed […]

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Saint Teresa of Avila, Virgin

“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 triumphant Saints […]

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Begin Novena in Honor of St. Raphæl, Archangel

Read/print the novena here.

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Saint Callixtus, Pope and Martyr

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 the sectaries […]

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

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, dating from […]

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Saint Francis Borgia, Confessor

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 never dies; […]

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

St. Denis, Bishop & Martyr

Also called Dionysius, Dennis, or Denys, in the third century he was Bishop of Paris. He was martyred in connection with the Decian persecution of Christians, shortly after A.D. 250. After his head was chopped off, Denis is said to have picked it up and walked six miles, preaching a sermon the entire way, making […]

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