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Easter weekday
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Easter weekday

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Forth Sunday of Easter
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Forth Sunday of Easter

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St. Bernadette Soubirous, Virgin
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St. Bernadette Soubirous, Virgin

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This servant of God, canonized in 1933, was born on January 7, 1844 in Lourdes, France. While tending flocks outside the town, this simple, pious shepherdess used to pray before a grotto. One day, in 1858, she beheld there a beautiful lady clothed in white and blue with roses at her feet and a rosary […]

St. Martin, Pope
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St. Martin, Pope

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ST. MARTIN, who occupied the Roman See from A. D. 649 to 655, incurred the enmity of the Byzantine court by his energetic opposition to the Monothelite heresy, and the Exarch Olympius went so far as to endeavor to procure the assassination of the Pope as he stood at the altar in the Church of […]

St. Julius, Pope
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St. Julius, Pope

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ST. JULIUS was a Roman, and chosen Pope on the 6th of February in 337, shortly before the death of the Emperor Constantine the Great. The Arian bishops in the East sent to Julius three deputies to accuse St. Athanasius, the zealous Patriarch of Alexandria. These accusations, as the order of justice required, Julius imparted […]

St. Bademus, martyr
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St. Bademus, martyr

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BADEMUS was a rich and noble citizen of Bethlapeta in 4th century Persia, who founded a monastery near that city, which he governed with great sanctity. He conducted his religious in the paths of perfection with sweetness, prudence, and charity. To crown his virtue, God permitted him, with seven of his monks, to be apprehended […]

St. Mary of Egypt
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St. Mary of Egypt

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AT the tender age of twelve, Mary left her father’s house that she might sin without restraint, and for seventeen years she lived in shame at Alexandria. Then she accompanied a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and entangled many in grievous sin. She was in that city on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, […]

St. Perpetuus, Bishop
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St. Perpetuus, Bishop

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ST. PERPETUUS was the eighth Bishop of Tours from St. Gatian, and governed that see above thirty years, from 461 to 491, when he died on the 8th of April. During all that time he labored by zealous sermons, many synods, and wholesome regulations, to lead souls to virtue. St. Perpetuus had a great veneration […]

St. Hegesippus, a primitative father of the Church
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St. Hegesippus, a primitative father of the Church

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HE was by birth a Jew, and belonged to the Church of Jerusalem, but travelling to Rome, he lived there nearly twenty years, from the pontificate of Anicetus to that of Eleutherius, in 177, when he returned into the East, where he died at an advanced age, probably at Jerusalem, in AD 180 according to […]

Easter Sunday
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Easter Sunday

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The resurrection of the dead is one of the most consoling truths of Christianity.  To die forever would be the most terrible of all destinies.  The plant and the animal, unendowed with reason, die, never to live again; but they have not, at least, any apprehension as to what death is.  To die is to […]

Holy Saturday
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Holy Saturday

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Good Friday
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Good Friday

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Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross about midday, expired thereon in the afternoon, and was taken down in the evening toward sunset, or the sixth hour. According to the language of St. Paul, thus did He, by His blood, pacify heaven and earth. If this form of expression convey not simply the reconciliation of […]

Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday
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Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday

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On this day we mark the Last Supper and our Lord’s institution of the Holy Eucharist. It was also the night when Judas betrayed Christ, and the eve of our Savior’s passion. Reflection. With what respect, love and ardor ought we to receive this divine food, “which maketh to live forever”!

Spy Wednesday
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Spy Wednesday

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So named for the clandestine plans of Judas Iscariot. Matthew 26:14-16. “Then one of the Twelve called Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests, and said to them, ‘What are you willing to give me for delivering him to you?’ But they assigned him thirty pieces of silver. And from then on he sought out […]

Tuesday of Holy Week
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Tuesday of Holy Week

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Palm Sunday
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Palm Sunday

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Lessons without end, at once lofty and hallowing, might be deduced from the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, celebrated by the Church on this day. We limit ourselves, however, to considering the event under one aspect merely in order to draw therefrom a moral lesson for our spiritual instruction. Our Lord enters Jerusalem, […]

St. Gontran, King
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St. Gontran, King

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ST. GONTRAN was the King of Burgundy (present day east-central France) from 561 to 593.  Gontran was the second surviving son of King Clotaire, and the grandson of Frankish King Clovis I and St. Clotilda. His brother Charibert reigned at Paris, and Sigebert in Ostrasia.  When compelled to take up arms against his ambitious brothers […]

Lenten weekday
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Lenten weekday

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St. Turibius of Mongrovejo
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St. Turibius of Mongrovejo

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TURIBIUS ALPHONSUS MOGROBEJO, whose feast the Church honors on March 23, was born on the 6th of November, 1538, at Mayorga in the kingdom of Leon in Spain. Brought up in a pious family where devotion was hereditary, his youth was a model to all who knew him. All his leisure was given to devotion […]

5th Sunday of Lent
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5th Sunday of Lent

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St. Joseph
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St. Joseph

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ST. JOSEPH was by birth of the royal family of David, but was living in humble obscurity as a carpenter when God raised him to the highest sanctity, and fitted him to be the spouse of His Virgin Mother, and foster-father and guardian of the Incarnate Word. Joseph was, says the Holy Scripture, a just […]

St. Eucherius, Bishop
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St. Eucherius, Bishop

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THIS Saint was born at Orleans, of a very illustrious family. At his birth his parents dedicated him to God, and set him to study when he was but seven years old, resolving to omit nothing that could be done toward cultivating his mind or forming his heart His improvement in virtue kept pace with […]

Ash Wednesday.  Lent Begins.
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Ash Wednesday. Lent Begins.

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Man, drawn from the dust, must return to it.  All that he does meanwhile is but corruption and vanity, with the exception of what good he may achieve.  The good alone survives. Such are the truths which the Church wishes to engrave in the memory, but still more in the hearts of her children, by […]

Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order
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Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order

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The Servite Order was founded in 1233 AD, when a group of cloth merchants of Florence, Italy, left their city, families and professions to retire outside the city on a mountain known as Monte Senario.  There they pursued a life of poverty and penance. In 1888 they were canonized by Pope Leo XIII. The seven […]

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