Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

The lamentation over Jerusalem’s woes is, in the Western Church, the subject of today’s Gospel; and it gave its name to this ninth Sunday after Pentecost, at least among the Latins. We have already observed that it is easy to find, even in the Liturgy as it now stands, traces of how the early Church […]

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

St. Jerome Emilian (Æmeliani), Confessor

Sprung from the powerful aristocracy which won for Venice twelve centuries of splendor, Jerome came into the world when that city had reached the height of its glory. At fifteen years of age he became a soldier; and was one of the heroes in that formidable struggle wherein his country withstood the united powers of […]

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Saint Margaret of Antioch, Virgin and Martyr

This same day brings before us a rival of the warrior martyr, St. George: Margaret, like him victorious over the dragon, and like him called in the Menæa of the Greeks, the Great Martyr. The cross was her weapon; and like the soldier, the virgin, too, consummated her trial in her blood. They were equally […]

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Friday, July 19, 2013

St. Vincent de Paul, Confessor

Vincent was born at Pouy in Gascony, in the south of France, in 1580 or 1581, the third child in a family of four sons and two daughters. His family was a solid peasant family capable of making ends meet only through hard work and frugality. His father encouraged and helped him toward the priesthood, […]

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

St. Camillus de Lellis, Confessor

The Holy Spirit, who desires to raise our souls above this earth, does not therefore despise our bodies. The whole man is his creature and his temple, and it is the whole man he must lead to eternal happiness. The Body of the Man-God was his masterpiece in material creation; the Divine delight he takes […]

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St. Symphorosa and Her Seven Sons, Martyrs

For the second time in July a constellation of seven stars shines in the heavens. More fortunate than Felicitas, Symphorosa preceded into the arena the Seven Sons she was offering to God. From the throne where he was already reigning crowned with the martyr’s diadem, Getulius, the tribune, father of this illustrious family, applauded the […]

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Begin Novena to St. Anne

Read/print the novena here.

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St. Alexius, Confessor

According to the most recent research, he was an Eastern saint whose veneration was transplanted from the Byzantine empire to Rome, whence it spread rapidly throughout western Christendom. Together with the name and veneration of the Saint, his legend was made known to Rome and the West by means of Latin versions and recensions based […]

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Towering over the waves on the shore of the Holy Land, Mount Carmel, together with the short range of the same name, forms a connecting link to two other chains, abounding with glorious memories, namely: the mountains of Galilee on the north, and those of Judea on the south. “In the day of my love, […]

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Monday, July 15, 2013

King St. Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor and Confessor

His life clearly illustrates to us how a good ruler and king can bring about the Social Reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ, more than for a multitude of sinners who seek to attempt to reform society in their own image. Such a good king obtains order, justice, true liberty and citizens exercised in true […]

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