Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Protected: Da Pacem, Domine

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

This Sunday, which, with the Greeks, is called the fifth of Saint Matthew, was known by the Latins as the Sunday of the Fishing; such was its name up to the time when the Church had transferred to the previous Sunday the Gospel which suggested that title. The week which it commences is, in some […]

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Saint Anacletus, Pope and Martyr

The name of Anacletus sounds like a lingering echo of the solemnity of June 29th Linus, Clement, and Cletus, the immediate successors of St. Peter, received from his hands the pontifical consecration; Anacletus had a less but still inestimable glory of being ordained priest by the Vicar of the Man-God. Whereas the feasts of most […]

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saint John Gualbert, Abbot

Never, from the day when Simon Magus was baptized at Samaria, had hell seemed so near to conquering the Church, as at the period brought before us by today’s feast. Rejected and anathematized by Peter, the new Simon had said to the princes, as the former had said to the apostles: “Sell me this power, […]

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Saint Pius I, Pope and Martyr

A holy Pope of the second century, the first of the nine hitherto graced with the name of Pius, rejoices us today with his mild and gentle light. Although Christian society was in a precarious condition under the edicts of persecution, which even the best of the pagan emperors never abrogated, our Saint profited by […]

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Seven Brothers, Martyrs; and SS. Rufina & Secunda, Virgins and Martyrs

Three times within the next few days will the number seven appear in the holy Liturgy, honoring the Blessed Trinity, and proclaiming the reign of the Holy Spirit with His sevenfold grace. Felicitas, Symphorosa, and the mother of the Machabees, each in turn will lead her seven sons to the feet of Eternal Wisdom. The […]

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Saint Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal

In the footsteps of Margaret of Scotland and of Clotilde of France, a third Queen comes to shed her brightness on the sacred cycle. Born at the southern extremity of Christendom, where it borders of Musselman lands, she was destined by the Holy Ghost to seal with peace the victories of Christ, and prepare the […]

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bishops and Confessors, Apostles of the Sclaves

It seems fitting that the Octave of the Princes of the Apostles should not end without the appearance on the sacred cycle of some, at least, of those brilliant satellites that borrow light from them, and continue their work throughout the course of ages. Twin stars this day arise on the heavens of holy Church, […]

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

The fourth Sunday after Pentecost was called, for a long period, in the West, the Sunday of Mercy, because, formerly, there was read upon the passage from St. Luke, beginning with the words: “Be merciful, as your Father is merciful.” But, this Gospel having been since assigned to the Mass of the first Sunday after […]

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The Octave Day of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Firmly resting upon Peter, the Church turns to him whom the Spouse has given to be her Head, and testifies to him no less veneration and love, than obedience and fidelity; such is the craving of her gratitude. Moreover she is fully aware of what is thus expressed by St. Peter Damian (or as others […]

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