Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Duchess of Thuringia

Although the blessed in heaven shine each with his own peculiar glory, God is pleased to group them in families, as he groups the stars in the material firmament. It is grace that presides over the arrangement of these constellations in the heaven of the Saints; but sometimes it seems as if God wished to […]

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

quod duce te mundus surrexit in astra triumphans, hanc Constantinus victor tibi condidit aulam. Because the world under thy conduct has risen triumphant to the very heavens, Constantine the conqueror has built this temple in thy honor. This inscription stood in letters of gold over the triumphal arch in the ancient Vatican Basilica. Never did […]

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus, Bishop and Confessor

Moses instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, mighty in his words and in his deeds, retired into the desert: Gregory, adorned with the best gifts of birth and nature, brilliant in rhetoric, rich in every science, hid himself from men in the flower of his youth, and hastened to offer to God in […]

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26th Sunday after Pentecost (6th Sunday after Epiphany)

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saint Gertrude, Virgin

The school which is founded upon the rule of the great Patriarch of the Monks of the West began with St. Gregory the Great. Such was the independent action of the Holy Spirit who guided it that in it women have prophesied as well as men. It is enough to mention St. Hildegarde and St. […]

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Saint Albert the Great, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church

His contemporaries said of Albert that he was “a man no less than godlike in all knowledge, so that he may fitly be called the wonder and miracle of our age.” And it was they who dubbed him “the Great” and referred to him as the “universal doctor.” Little is known of his childhood and […]

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Josaphat Kuncewicz, contemporary with St. Francis de Sales and St. Vincent de Paul, might have been taken for a Greek monk of the eleventh century, or an ascetic of the Thebaid. A stranger to the intellectual culture of the West, he knew only the liturgical books and sacred texts used in his own church; as […]

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Saint Didacus, Confessor; Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

A humble lay brother, Didacus of St. Nicholas is welcomed today by his father St. Francis into the company of Bernardine of Siena and John Capistran, who preceded him by a few years to heaven. The two latter left Italy and the whole of Europe still echoing with their voices, the one making peace between […]

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr

While the concourse of pilgrims to the sepulchre of the Bishop of Tours induced his third successor Perpetuus to raise over his precious remains the basilicas, in which so many prodigies were to be wrought all through the middle ages, Rome herself was dedicating to St. Martin one of her noblest churches, uniting with him […]

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Begin Novena in Honor of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Read/print the novena here.

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