Friday, October 31, 2014

Vigil of All Saints

Violet 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 […]

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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 26, 2014

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

White Double of the First Class 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 […]

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The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Double The Gospel of last Sunday spoke to us of the nuptials of the Son of God with the human race. The realization of those sacred nuptials is the object which God had in view by the creation of the visible world; it is the only one he intends in his government of society. […]

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Saint Evaristus, Pope and Martyr

Red Simple 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 […]

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saints Chrysanthus and Daria, Martyrs

Red 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 […]

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Saint Raphael, Archangel

White Double Major 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 […]

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Saint Hilarion, Abbot

White “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 […]

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Saint John Cantius, Confessor

White Double Kenty, the humble village of Silesia which witnessed the birth of St. John, owes its celebrity entirely to him. The canonization of this holy priest, who in the fifteenth century had illustrated the university of Cracow by his virtues and science, was the last hope of expiring Poland. It took place in the […]

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Double 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 […]

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