Thursday, October 10, 2019

Saint Francis Borgia, Confessor

White Semidouble Vanity of vanities and all is vanity. No argument was needed to impress this truth upon the Saint of today, when the coffin was opened which contained all that Spain had admired of youth and loveliness, and death suddenly revealed to him its awful reality. O ye beauties of all times, death alone […]


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Saint Dionysius, Bishop and Martyr; and Saints Rusticus and Eleutherius, Martyrs

White (for St. Dionysius), Red (for St. Rusticus) Double Ushered in by Bridget the northern prophetess, Dionysius appears as the brightest star in that constellation of mystics, which illumines the close of the cycle with the first glimmers of eternal union. Soon we shall salute Teresa of Jesus, and her guide Peter of Alcantara; while […]


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Saint Bridget, Widow

White Double “Who, O Lord, has treated Thee thus?” “They that despise Me and forget My love.” This was the first revelation of the Son of God to Bridget of Sweden. Francis of Assisi, raising before the world the standard of the cross, had announced that Christ was about to recommence the dolorous way; not […]


Monday, October 7, 2019

Feast of the Most Holy Rosary

White Double of the Second Class It is customary with men of the world to balance their accounts at the end of the year, and ascertain their profits. The Church is now preparing to do the same. We shall soon see her solemnly numbering her elect, taking an inventory of their holy relics, visiting the […]


Saint Mark, Pope and Confessor; and Saints Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus, and Apuleius, Martyrs

White (for St. Mark), Red (for St. Sergius) Mark, successor to Sylvester the Pontiff of peace, has been honored on this day from time immemorial. According to the testimony of St. Damasus, his virtues no less than his name recalled St. Mark the Evangelist. He occupied the supreme See only eight months; but in that […]


Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Double The Gospel, which is now assigned to the Mass of the seventeenth Sunday, has given it the name of the Sunday of the love of God, dating, that is, from the time when the Gospel of the cure of the dropsy and of the invitation to the wedding-feast, was anticipated by eight days. […]


Saint Bruno, Confessor

White Double Among the diverse religious families, none is held in higher esteem by the Church than the Carthusian; the prescriptions of the corpus juris determine that a person may pass from any other Order into this, without deterioration. And yet it is of all the least given to active works. Is not this a […]


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Saint Placid and His Companions, Martyrs

Red Simple The protomartyr of the Benedictine Order stands before us today in his strength and his beauty. The empire had fallen, and the yoke of the Arian Goths lay heavy upon Italy. Rome was no longer in the hands of the glorious races, which had made her greatness; these, nevertheless, kept up their honorable […]


Friday, October 4, 2019

Saint Francis, Confessor

White Greater Double And I saw another Angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the sign of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four Angels to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying: Hurt not the earth, nor the sea, nor the […]


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus, Virgin

White Double Wonder-worker as is the saint of today, fulfilling her dying prophecy, “After my death I will let fall a shower of roses,” she is her own greatest miracle. Her world-wide popularity, to which is united in most cases a devotion which has reorientated many a life, and in all has been a stimulus […]


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