Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Semidouble The Paralytic carrying his bed is the subject of this day’s Gospel, and gives the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost its title. It has been thought, by some, that its having the number it bears has caused it to be inserted in the Missal immediately after the Ember Days of autumn. We will not, […]

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Saint Edward the Confessor, King of England

White Semidouble This glorious saint was like a beautiful lily, crowning the ancient branch of the kings of Wessex. The times had progressed since that sixth century, when the pagan Cerdic and other pirate chiefs from the North Sea scattered with ruins the island of saints. Having accomplished their mission of wrath, the Anglo-Saxons became […]

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary

White Double of the Second Class In the sixteenth century, even amidst their many divergences, the so-called Reformers agreed in utterly rejecting all the honors paid by the Catholic Church to the Blessed Virgin Mary, on the grounds that such veneration of the Mother detracted from the supreme worship due to her Divine Son. Four […]

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Saint Francis Borgia, Confessor

White Semidouble 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 […]

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Saint Dionysius, Bishop and Martyr; and Saints Rusticus and Eleutherius, Martyrs

White (for St. Dionysius), Red (for St. Rusticus) Double Ushered in by Bridget the northern prophetess, Dionysius appears as the brightest star in that constellation of mystics, which illumines the close of the cycle with the first glimmers of eternal union. Soon we shall salute Teresa of Jesus, and her guide Peter of Alcantara; while […]

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Saint Bridget, Widow

White Double “Who, O Lord, has treated Thee thus?” “They that despise Me and forget My love.” This was the first revelation of the Son of God to Bridget of Sweden. Francis of Assisi, raising before the world the standard of the cross, had announced that Christ was about to recommence the dolorous way; not […]

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Feast of the Most Holy Rosary

White Double of the Second Class It is customary with men of the world to balance their accounts at the end of the year, and ascertain their profits. The Church is now preparing to do the same. We shall soon see her solemnly numbering her elect, taking an inventory of their holy relics, visiting the […]

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Saint Mark, Pope and Confessor; and Saints Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus, and Apuleius, Martyrs

White (for St. Mark), Red (for St. Sergius) Mark, successor to Sylvester the Pontiff of peace, has been honored on this day from time immemorial. According to the testimony of St. Damasus, his virtues no less than his name recalled St. Mark the Evangelist. He occupied the supreme See only eight months; but in that […]

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Double The Gospel, which is now assigned to the Mass of the seventeenth Sunday, has given it the name of the Sunday of the love of God, dating, that is, from the time when the Gospel of the cure of the dropsy and of the invitation to the wedding-feast, was anticipated by eight days. […]

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Saint Bruno, Confessor

White Double Among the diverse religious families, none is held in higher esteem by the Church than the Carthusian; the prescriptions of the corpus juris determine that a person may pass from any other Order into this, without deterioration. And yet it is of all the least given to active works. Is not this a […]

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