Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Saint Valentine, Priest and Martyr

Red Simple 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 […]

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Season of Lent

The History of Lent The forty days’ fast, which we call Lent, is the Church’s preparation for Easter, and was instituted at the very commencement of Christianity. Our blessed Lord Himself sanctioned it by fasting forty days and forty nights in the desert; and though He would not impose it on the world by an […]

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Tuesday of Quinquagesima Week

The fundamental rule of Christian life is, as almost every page of the Gospel tells us, that we should live out of the world, separate ourselves from the world, hate the world. The world is that ungodly land which Abraham, our sublime model, is commanded by God to quit. It is that Babylon of our […]

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Monday, February 12, 2018

The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites, Confessors

White Double 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 […]

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Monday of Quinquagesima Week

The life of a faithful Christian, like that of a patriarch Abraham, is neither more nor less than a courageous journeying onwards to the place destined for him by his Creator. He must put aside everything that could impede his progress, nor must he look back. This is, undoubtedly, hard doctrine; but if we reflect […]

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary at Lourdes

White Greater Double “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 […]

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Quinquagesima Sunday

Violet Semidouble (Privilege of the Second Class) The Church gives us today another subject for our meditation: it is the vocation of Abraham. When the waters of the deluge had subsided, and mankind had once more peopled the earth, the immorality, which had previously excited God’s anger, again grew rife among men. Idolatry too, into […]

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Saint Scholastica, Virgin

White Double 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 […]

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Saturday of Sexagesima Week

On the Saturday of the preceding week, which was devoted to the consideration of the fall of our first parents both in its own malice and in its sad consequences upon us, we turned our thoughts towards our blessed Lady, who, though a daughter of Eve, was by the special mercy of God preserved from […]

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Friday, February 9, 2018

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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