Thursday, August 31, 2017

Saint Raymond Nonnatus, Confessor

White Double August closes as it began, with a feast of deliverance; as though that were the divine seal set by Eternal Wisdom upon this month—the month when holy Church makes the works and ways of Divine Wisdom the special object of her contemplation. Upon the fall of our first parents and their expulsion from […]

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin; Comm. of Ss. Felix and Adauctus, Martyrs

White Double The fragrance of holiness is wafted today across the dark Ocean, renewing the youth of the Old World, and winning for the New the good will of heaven and earth. A century before the birth of St. Rose, Spain, having cast out the Crescent from her own territory, received as a reward the […]

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Decollation of Saint John the Baptist

Red Greater Double “At that time, Herod sent and apprehended John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, the wife of Philip his brother, because he had married her. For John said to Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife. How Herodias laid snares for him, and […]

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

White Double Today Augustine, the greatest and the humblest of the Doctors, is hailed by heaven, where his conversion caused greater joy than that of any other sinner; and celebrated by the Church, who is enlightened by his writings as to the power, the value, and the gratuitousness of divine grace. Since that wonderful, heavenly […]

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Semidouble On this Sunday, which is their Twelfth of St. Matthew, the Greeks read, in the Mass, the episode of the young rich man who questions Jesus, given in the 19th of the Saint’s Gospel. In the West, it is the Gospel of the good Samaritan, which gives its name to this twelfth Sunday […]

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Saint Joseph Calasanctius, Confessor

White Double To thee is the poor man left: thou wilt be a helper to the orphan. Proud Venice has already seen these words realized in her noble son Jerome Æmilian: today they indicate the sanctity of another illustrious person, descended from the first princes of Navarre, but of still higher rank in the kingdom […]

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Saint Zephyrinus, Pope and Martyr

Red Simple Zephyrinus was the first Pontiff to be buried in the celebrated crypt where the Popes of the third century came after their combat to sleep their last sleep. The catacomb which thus succeeded the Vatican cemetery in the honor of sheltering the Vicars of Christ had been opened thirty years before by the […]

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Saint Louis, King of France, Confessor

White Semidouble It was his Christian faith that made Louis IX so great a prince. “You that are the judges of the earth, think of the Lord in goodness, and seek Him in simplicity of heart.” Eternal Wisdom, in giving this precept to kings, rejoiced with divine foreknowledge among the lilies of France, where this […]

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle and Martyr

Red Double of the Second Class A witness of the Son of God, one of the princes who announced his glory to the nations, lights up this day with his apostolic flame. While his brethren of the sacred College followed the human race into all the lands whither the migration of nations had led it, […]

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

St. Philip Benizi, Confessor

White Double Our Lady is now reigning in heaven. Her triumph over death cost her no labor; and yet it was through suffering that she like Jesus entered into her glory. We too cannot attain eternal happiness otherwise than did the Son and the Mother. Let us keep in mind the sweet joys we have […]

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