Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saints Faustinus and Jovita, Martyrs

The two Brothers whom we are to honor today, suffered martyrdom in the beginning of the second century, and their memory has ever been celebrated in the Church. The glory of the great ones of this world passes away, and men soon forget even their very names. Historians have oftentimes a difficulty in proving that […]

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Saint Valentine, Priest and Martyr

The Church honors, on this fourteenth day of February, the memory of the holy Priest Valentine, who suffered martyrdom towards the middle of the third century. The ravages of time have deprived us of the details of his life and sufferings; so that extremely little is known of our Saint. This is the reason of […]

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites, Confessors

Clouds are gathering over Holy Church. We are minded on every side of the approach of those days when our Emmanuel will show Himself to us in the pitiable state to which our sins have brought Him. Bethlehem is so soon followed by Calvary. We shall find the Mother of divine grace at the foot […]

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary at Lourdes

“My bow shall appear in the clouds and I will remember My covenant with you.” The lessons at Matins on February 11th, 1854 (Thursday in Sexagesima week) recalled these words, and the world soon learned that on this very day Mary had appeared, more fair than the sign of hope which typified her at the […]

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Saint Scholastica, Virgin

The Sister of the Patriarch Saint Benedict comes to us today, sweetly inviting us to follow her to heaven. Apollonia the Martyr is succeeded by Scholastica the fervent daughter of the Cloister. Both of them are the Spouses of Jesus, both of them wear a crown, for both of them fought hard, and won the […]

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Some of the Sundays after the Epiphany have to be omitted when Easter comes early in the year. But when that great solemnity comes late, the Sundays before Septuagesima may be as many as six. During this brief period, the Church no longer dwells on the mysteries of our Lord’s infancy. She listens to His […]

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Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

“I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” These words, addressed to the serpent in the days which the Church now seeks to bring before the minds of her children, have dominated the world’s […]

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Saint Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr

The holy Virgin who this day claims the homage of our devotion and praise, is offered to us by the Church of Alexandria. Apollonia is a Martyr of Christ; her name is celebrated and honored throughout the whole world; and she comes to us on this ninth day of February, to add her own example […]

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saint John of Matha, Confessor

We were celebrating, not many days ago, the memory of Peter Nolasco, who was inspired by the holy Mother of God to found an Order for the ransoming of Christian captives from the infidels: today, we have to honor the generous saint to whom this sublime work was first revealed. He established, under the name […]

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Saint Romuald, Abbot

The calendar’s list of martyrs is interrupted for two days; the first of these is the feast of Romuald, the hero of penance, the saint of the forest of Camaldoli. He is a son of the great patriarch St. Benedict, and like him is the father of many children. The Benedictine family has a direct […]

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