Wednesday, June 19, 2013

St. Juliana Falconieri, Virgin

Juliana Falconieri, O.S.M. (1270 – June 19, 1341), was the Italian foundress of the Religious Sisters of the Third Order of Servites (or the Servite Tertiaries). Juliana belonged to the noble Falconieri family of Florence. Her uncle, Alexis Falconieri, was one of the seven founders of the Servite Order. Under his influence, she decided at […]


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ephrem the Syrian: Deacon, Confessor, Doctor of the Church

Ephrem was born around the year 306 in the city of Nisibis (the modern Turkish town of Nusaybin, on the border with Syria, in the Roman province of Mesopotamia, which had come into Roman hands only in 298). Internal evidence from Ephrem’s hymnody suggests that both his parents were part of the growing Christian community […]


Monday, June 17, 2013

St. Gregory Barbarigo, Bishop and Confessor

Born September 16, 1625 into a noble family of Venice, Gregorio was the eldest child of Venetian Senator Giovanni Francesco Barbarigo and Lucrezia Lion (or Leoni), who died on March 19, 1631, of the plague. His father brought home a cousin, Franchesina Lippomani, to look after the children. His baptismal name was Gregorio Giovanni Gasparo. […]


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

The leading thought in today’s liturgy is again that of trust in God in the midst of struggles and trials. The Apostle Paul describes in the Epistle the tribulations which overwhelm us, and shows up their glorious result. The whole of nature shares the punishment Of sin. As well as man, all beings groan and […]


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Ss. Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia, Martyrs

Vitus, Modestus and Crescentia were martyrs under Diocletian and Maximian in 303. The earliest testimony for their veneration is offered by the Martyrologium Hieronymianum. The same Martyrologium has under the same day another mention of a Vitus at the head of a list of nine martyrs, with the statement of the place, in Eboli, “In […]


Friday, June 14, 2013

St. Basil the Great, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church

St. Basil was a brilliant student born of a Christian family in Cæsarea, Cappadocia (modern Turkey). For some years, he followed the monastic way of life. He vigorously fought the Arian heresy, and became Bishop of Cæsarea in 370. The monks of the Eastern Church today still follow the monastic rules which he set down. […]


Thursday, June 13, 2013

St. Anthony of Padua, Confessor

St. Anthony of Padua is one of the most famous disciples of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the eight centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known […]


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

St. John of San Facundo

St. John of San Facundo was born at Sahagún in Spain, and belonged to the Augustinian Order. He was educated by the Benedictines at the great abbey of his native town, and while he was still a boy, his father, Don Juan Gonzalez de Castrillo, procured for him a small benefice. The bishop of Burgos […]


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

St. Barnabas, Apostle

Saint Barnabas was not one of the Twelve. He was the companion of St. Paul and merited the title of Apostle by his preaching and labors. He was stoned by the Jews about 61 A.D. Barnabas, whose name was originally Joseph, was born of Jewish parents in the Island of Cyprus about the beginning of […]


Monday, June 10, 2013

St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Widow

Also known as Margaret of Wessex and Queen Margaret of Scotland, she was an English princess of the House of Wessex. Margaret was sometimes called “The Pearl of Scotland”. Born in exile in Hungary, she was the sister of Edgar Ætheling, the short-ruling and uncrowned Anglo-Saxon King of England. Margaret and her family returned to […]


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