Sunday, May 31, 2015

Feast of the Holy Trinity

White Double of the First Class On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Apostles received, as we have seen, the grace of the Holy Ghost. In accordance with the injunction of their divine Master, they will soon start on their mission of teaching all nations and baptizing men in the name of the Holy Trinity […]

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Time After Pentecost

The History of the Time After Pentecost The Solemnity of Pentecost and its Octave are over, and the progress of the Liturgical Year introduces us into a new period, which is altogether different from those we have hitherto spent. From the very beginning of Advent, which is the prelude to the Christmas festival, right up […]

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Saint Felix the First, Pope and Martyr

Red Double The holy Popes of the primitive ages of the Church abound during these last days of our Paschal Season. Today, we have Felix the First, a Martyr of the persecution under Aurelian, in the 3rd Century. His Acts have been lost, with the exception of this one detail; that he proclaimed the dogma […]

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Saturday in Whitsun Week

We have been contemplating, with grateful hearts, the inexpressible devotedness, the divine untiredness, wherewith the Holy Ghost fulfills his mission in the souls of men; we have something still to add to our considerations, in order to have anything like a true idea of the wonders wrought by the Divine Guest when the heart raises […]

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin

White Simple Our Paschal Calendar gives us three illustrious Virgins of the beautiful Italy. We have already kept the feast of the valiant Catharine of sienna; in a few days, we shall be honoring the memory of Angela de Merici, surrounded by her school-children; today, it is the fair lily of Florence, Magdalene de Pazzi, […]

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Friday in Whitsun Week

Veni, sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende. Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and enkindle within them the fire of thy love. So far, we have considered the action of the Holy Ghost in the Church; we must now study its workings in the […]

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Saint Augustine, Bishop, Apostle of England

White Double Four hundred years had scarcely elapsed since the glorious death of Eleutherius, when a second Apostle of Britain ascended from this world, and on this same day, to the abode of eternal bliss. We cannot but be struck by the fact that the names of our two Apostles appear on the Calendar together: […]

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Thursday in Whitsun Week

Veni, sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende. Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and enkindle within them the fire of thy love. The divine Spirit has been sent to secure Unity to the Spouse of Christ; and we have seen how faithfully he fulfils […]

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Saint Bede the Venerable, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

White Double The blessing given by our Lord as he ascended into heaven has revealed its power in the most distant pagan lands, and during these days the liturgical cycle bears witness to a concentration of graces upon the west of Europe. The band of missionaries begged of Pope Eleutherius by the British king Lucius […]

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Saint John the First, Pope and Martyr

White Commemoration The palm of martyrdom was won by this holy Pope, not in a victory over a Pagan Persecutor, but in battling for the Church’s Liberty, against a Christian King. But this king was a heretic, and therefore an enemy of every Pontiff that was zealous for the triumph of the true Faith. The […]

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