Monday, November 11, 2013

Saint Martin, Bishop and Confessor; Commemoration of Saint Mennas, Martyr

Three thousand six hundred and sixty churches dedicated to St. Martin in France alone, and well night as many in the rest of the world, bear witness to the immense popularity of the great thaumaturgus. the country, on the mountains, and in the depth of forests, trees, rocks, and fountains, objects of superstitious worship to […]

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Dedication of the Basilica of Our Savior

In the fourth century of our era, the cessation of persecution seemed to give the world a foretaste of its future entrance into eternal peace. “Glory to the Almighty! Glory to the Redeemer of our souls!” wrote Eusebius at the opening of the tenth and last book of his History. Himself a witness of the […]

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Friday, November 8, 2013

The Four Holy Crowned Martyrs

Let us go in spirit to Rome, and direct our steps towards the ancient church on the Cœlian Hill, which bears the name of the Four crowned Martyrs. There are few Saints whose Acts have been more disparaged “by a superficial criticism ignorant of archaeological science,” such as that of the 16th, 17th, and 18th […]

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop and Confessor

Humilitas. This word already stood, crowned with gold, upon his family escutcheon, when Charles was born at the castle of Arona. It had been said of the Borromeos that they knew nothing of humility, except to bear it on their coat of arms: but the time had now come, when the mysterious device was to […]

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

The number of the Sundays after Pentecost may exceed twenty-four, and go up as far as twenty-eight, according as Easter is each Year, more or less near to the vernal equinox. But the Mass here given is always reserved for the last; and the intervening ones, be their number what it may, are taken from […]

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

All Souls’ Day

We will not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are asleep, that you be not sorrowful, even as others who have no hope. The Church today has the same desire as the Apostle thus expressed to the first Christians. The truth concerning the dead not only proves admirably the union between God’s justice and […]

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Feast of All Saints

I saw a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne, and in sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands: and they cried with a loud voice, saying: Salvation to our God! Time is no more; it […]

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