Friday, September 13, 2013

Sixth Day Within the Octave of the Nativity

How beautiful are thy first steps, O prince’s daughter! Our eyes are never weary of contemplating in thee the marvel of harmonious sweetness united to the strength of an army. Blessed child, continue to grow in grace; may thy course be prosperous; may thy royalty be strengthened and established. But the Church will not wait […]

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary

“And the Virgin’s name was Mary. Let us speak a little about this name, which signifies Star of the sea, and which so well befits the Virgin Mother. Rightly is she likened to a star: for as a star emits its ray without being spoilt, so the Virgin brought forth her Son without receiving any […]

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fourth Day Within the Octave of the Nativity; Comm. of Ss. Protus & Hyacinth, Martyrs

“Dimitte me, jam enim ascendit aurora; let me go for it is break of day;” such were the words which put an end to the struggle between the Angel and the Patriarch on the banks of the torrent. Blessed dawn, which triumphed over God himself! How long had been that night, during which the human […]

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor

Today the Infant Mary smiles upon the lily offered her in the cradle by the representative of a great Order. The Hermits of St. Augustine were being grouped and organized by the Vicar of Christ when Nicholas was admitted into their family, of which he was soon to become the thaumaturgus. When he died, in […]

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Second Day Within the Octave of the Nativity

Let us make man to our image and likeness. “And God made man; he modelled him,” says Tertullian, “to the image of God, i.e. of Christ. Wonderful deed, to fashion this slime of the earth! God seems to be absorbed in it; he makes it the work of his hand and of his heart; counsel, […]

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost; Comm. of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The resuscitation of the son of the widow of Naim, on which our thoughts were fixed last Sunday, has reanimated the confidence of our beloved Mother the Church; her prayer goes up all the more earnestly to her Spouse, who leaves her on earth, for a time, that she may grow dearer to him, by […]

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Begin Novena in Honor of the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady

Read/print the novena here.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Saint Laurence Justinian, Bishop and Confessor

“Come, all ye who are drawn by the desire of unchangeable good, and who seek it in vain in this passing world; I will tell you what heaven has done for me. Like you, I once sought with feverish eagerness; and this exterior world could not satisfy my burning desire. But, by the divine grace, […]

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Saint Pius X, Pope and Confessor

The primary aim of his pontificate Pius X announced in his first encyclical letter, viz., “to renew all things in Christ.” Here we need but allude to his decree on early and frequent reception of holy Communion; his Motu Proprio on church music; his encouragement of daily Bible reading and the establishment of various Biblical […]

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Saint Stephen, King of Hungary, Confessor

“Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. The people with teeth of steel grinding the nations gives itself up as food to him, to whom was said: Kill and eat; the mouth of the Huns, formerly vomiting foam and rage, now distills the honey of charity. Such, […]

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