Monday, February 9, 2015

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

White Double “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 […]

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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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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sexagesima Sunday

Purple Double The Church offers to our consideration, during this week of Sexagesima, the history of Noah and the deluge. Man has not profited by the warnings already given him. God is obliged to punish him once more, and by a terrible chastisement. There is found out of the whole human race one just man; […]

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Saint John of Matha, Confessor

White Double 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 […]

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saint Romuald, Abbot

White Double 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 […]

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Saturday of Septuagesima Week

The sentence pronounced by the Almighty upon our first parents was to fall upon their children to the end of time. We have been considering, during this week of Septuagesima, the penalties of the great sin; but the severest and most humiliating of them all remains to be told. It is the transmission to the […]

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Saint Titus, Bishop and Confessor

White Double We are to celebrate today, the Feast of a holy Bishop of the Apostolic Age—a Disciple of the Apostle St. Paul. Little is known of his life; but, by addressing to him one of his inspired Epistles, the Apostle of the Gentiles has immortalized his memory. Wheresoever the Faith of Christ has been […]

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Saint Dorothy, Virgin and Martyr

Today again, it is one of the most amiable of Christ’s brides that comes to console us by her presence; it is Dorothy, the simple and intrepid virgin, who strews the path of her martyrdom with prodigies of sweetest charity. The religion of Christ alone can produce in timid women, like the saint of today, […]

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Friday of Septuagesima Week

The curse, which is henceforth to lie so heavily on every human being, has been expressed in the sentence pronounced against Eve; the curse, to which the earth itself is to be subjected, is Adam’s sentence. “Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded […]

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

Red Double Since the commencement of the ecclesiastical year, we have kept the feasts of two out of the four illustrious virgins whose names are daily honored in the holy Sacrifice of the Lamb: the third comes today, lighting up the heaven of the Church with her bright soft rays. Lucy first, then Agnes, and […]

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