Sunday, July 14, 2013

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

The Introit for today’s Mass speaks of the glory of the ancient Temple, and of the holy mount. But far greater is the splendor of the Church, which is now carrying the name and praise of the Most High even to the end of the earth, far more efficiently, than had done that temple which […]


Friday, July 12, 2013

St. John Gualbert, Abbot; Ss. Felix and Nabor, Virgins and Martyrs

St. Gualbert’s life so impresses that it was adapted in 1883 by J. Henry Shorthouse into the historical novel John Inglesant: a romance. In 1863, Edward Burne-Jones was inspired by it to paint “The Merciful Knight.” His story is lovingly recalled by the Breviary in three lessons through the Second Nocturn: Joannes Gualbertus, Florentiæ nobili […]


Thursday, July 11, 2013

St. Pius I, Pope and Martyr

Born at Aquileia, in Northern Italy, during the late 1st century, his father was Rufinus, who was also said to be of Aquileia according to the Liber Pontificalis. It is stated in the 2nd century Muratorian Canon, and in the Liberian Catalogue, that he was the brother of Hermas, author of The Shepherd of Hermas. […]


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Seven Holy Brothers, Martyrs; Ss. Rufina & Secunda, Vv., Mm.

Three times within the next few days will the number seven appear in the holy Liturgy, honoring the Blessed Trinity, and proclaiming the reign of the Holy Spirit with His sevenfold grace. Felicitas, Symphorosa, and the mother of the Machabees, each in turn will lead her seven sons to the feet of Eternal Wisdom. But […]


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

St. Thomas More, Martyr

Though there is no commemoration, today is the historical traditional feast of Saint Thomas More. He was born on February 7, 1478 in London. In 1505, at the age of twenty-seven, More married his first wife, Jane Colt, ten years his junior. According to his son-in-law and first biographer William Roper, More wanted to marry […]


Monday, July 8, 2013

St. Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal, Widow

Not to be confused with her great-aunt and namesake, Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, Saint Elizabeth (also known as Elizabeth of Aragon, or the Spanish form of her name, Isabel) married King Denis of Portugal in 1281 when she was 10 years old, receiving the towns of Óbidos, Abrantes and Porto de Mós as part of […]


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Begin Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Read/print the novena here.


Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

In commenting on today’s Introit, St. Augustine remarks: “Both with voice and with hands. If with the voice only it is not well, because the hands are slow; if only with the hands it is not well, because the tongue is mute. Agree together must the hands and tongue. Let this confess, these work.” True […]


Saturday, July 6, 2013

St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Maria Goretti is the eleven-year-old virgin martyr who was beatified by Pope Pius XII in 1947 and canonized on June 25, 1950. She became the first saint in the history of the Church to have her mother present at her canonization. Born Maria Teresa Goretti on October 16, 1890 in Corinaldo, in the Province […]


Friday, July 5, 2013

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Confessor

Anthony was born in the city of Cremona, Italy in 1502 to noble parents. When he was two his father died and he was brought up as an only child by his mother. At an early age, he took a private vow of chastity. He studied philosophy at the University of Pavia, and, from 1520, […]


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