Monday, February 11, 2019

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 […]


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

Green Semidouble 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 […]


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 […]


Saturday, February 9, 2019

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 […]


Saint Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr

Red   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 […]


Friday, February 8, 2019

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 […]


Thursday, February 7, 2019

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 […]


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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 […]


Saint Dorothy, Virgin and Martyr

Red   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 […]


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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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