Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

The Office for the sixth Sunday after Pentecost, which began yesterday evening, reminded us, in its Magnificat Antiphon, of a repentence which has never had an equal. David, the royal prophet, the conqueror of Goliath, himself conquered by sensuality, and from adulterer become a murderer, at last felt the crushing weight of his double crime, […]


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ss. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Behold the hour when the answer which the Son of Man, exacted of the Fisher of Galilee, re-echoes from the seven hills and fills the whole earth. Peter no longer dreads the triple interrogation of his Lord. Since that fatal night wherein before the first cock-crow, the Prince […]


Friday, June 28, 2013

Vigil of Ss. Peter and Paul

John the Baptist, placed on the confines of the two Testaments, closes the prophetic age, the reign of Hope, and opens the era of Faith which possesses the long expected God, though as yet without beholding him in his Divinity. Thus even before the Octave is ended, wherein we pay our homage to the son […]


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ss. John and Paul, Martyrs

Saints John and Paul were Roman soldiers who were Christians as well. They were martyred at Rome under Julian the Apostate c. A.D. 361-363 on the 26th of June, according to their Acta. In the second half of the fourth century, Byzantius, the Roman senator, and Pammachius, his son, fashioned their house on the Cælian […]


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

St. William of Vercelli, Abbot

Saint William was born of noble parents in the year 1085 in Vercelli, Italy. But as an infant he was orphaned and raised by relatives. At 14 years old, he made a pilgrimage to Compostela, in Galicia Spain, a pilgrimage he made barefoot. He was at Mefi in 1106 and spent two years as a […]


Monday, June 24, 2013

Midsummer’s Day: Birthday of St. John the Baptist

The Voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord; behold thy God!” In this world of ours grown now so cold, who can understand earth’s transports, at hearing these glad tidings so long expected? The promised God was not yet manifested; but already have the heavens bowed down, to […]


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

This Sunday’s liturgy is concerned with the forgiveness of injuries and like last Sunday, is made up of two elements, i.e., the reading of the history of David which is continued in the Breviary and that of a passage of one of the epistles of St. Peter the Apostle whose feast is kept about this […]


Saturday, June 22, 2013

St. Paulinus, Bishop and Confessor

Pontius Meropius Paulinus was born ca. 352 at Bordeaux, in southwestern France. He was from a notable senatorial family with estates in the Aquitaine province of France, northern Spain, and southern Italy. He was educated in Bordeaux, where his teacher, the poet Ausonius, also became his friend. At some time during his boyhood he made […]


Friday, June 21, 2013

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Confessor

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga was born in the castle of Castiglione, Italy on March 9 in 1568. At eight he was placed in the court of Francesco de’Medici in Florence, where he remained for two years, going then to Mantua. At Brescia, when he was twelve, he came under the spiritual guidance of St. Charles Borromeo, […]


Thursday, June 20, 2013

St. Silverius, Pope and Martyr

Silverius was a legitimate son of Pope St. Hormisdas, born before his father entered the priesthood. He was probably consecrated June 8, 536. He was a subdeacon when king Theodahad of the Ostrogoths forced his election and consecration. It appears that Theodahad was eager to put a pro-Gothic candidate on the throne on the eve […]


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