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Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Augustine of Canterbury
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St. Augustine of Canterbury

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AUGUSTINE was prior of the monastery of St. Andrew on the Cœlian, and was appointed missionary to England by Pope Gregory I, also a great saint.  St. Augustine and his companions, having heard on their journey many reports of the barbarism and ferocity of the pagan English, were afraid, and wished to turn back. But […]

St. Gregory VII
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St. Gregory VII

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GREGORY VII, by name Hildebrand, was born in Tuscany, about the year 1013. He was educated in Rome. From thence he went to France, and became a monk at Cluny. Afterwards he returned to Rome, and for many years filled high trusts of the Holy See. Three great evils then afflicted the Church: simony, concubinage, […]

Pentecost (Whit Sunday)
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Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

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Fifty days after Easter the apostles and disciples of Jesus were assembled in an upper chamber, engaged in prayer, according to the recommendation of the divine Master. They awaited the accomplishment of the promise He had made to them, of sending them a Comforting Spirit, the Paraclete, Who should teach them all things. Lo! a […]

Easter weekday
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Easter weekday

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St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions, Mexican martyrs
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St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions, Mexican martyrs

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Between 1915 and 1937, St. Christopher Magallanes, and 21 other Mexican priests – as well as three lay companions — were martyred by the anticlerical Mexican government. They supported either covertly or spiritually or even sometimes directly the Cristero Revolt, an attempt in the late 1920’s by Christians to win back religious freedom in a […]

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St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest

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IN 1408 St. Vincent Ferrer once suddenly interrupted his sermon to declare that there was among his hearers a young Franciscan who would be one day a greater preacher than himself, and would be set before him in honor by the Church. This unknown friar was Bernardino. Of noble birth, he had spent his youth […]

St. Peter Celestine
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St. Peter Celestine

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As a child, Peter had visions of our blessed Lady, and of the angels and saints. They encouraged him in his prayer, and chided him when he fell into any fault. His mother, though only a poor widow, put him to school, feeling sure that he would one day be a Saint. In 1235, at […]

Pope St. John I
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Pope St. John I

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St. John held the office of Vicar of Christ from 523-526 when he was martyred at the behest of Theodoric. His official journey to Constantinople was successful in making peace at a time when Arianism had again reared its heretical head, and had created dissension between the Latin and Greek churches. The Byzantine Emperor, Justin, […]

The Ascension
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The Ascension

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The mystery which the Church honors on this day is at the same time that of the triumph of Jesus Christ and the hallowed hope of His disciples.  The Savior, after having accomplished His mission on earth, ascends to heaven to prepare for us an abiding-place. He ascends thither as our King, Liberator, Chief, and […]

St. John Baptist de la Salle
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St. John Baptist de la Salle

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The great saint, who feast is celebrated today was born at Theims, France, on the 30th of April, 1651.  His parents were very careful about his early training, and insisted that their son should receive a thorough education, and that the moral side of his schooling command the utmost attention. Perceiving that his vocation was […]

St. Isidore the Farmer
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St. Isidore the Farmer

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Patron of farmers and rural communities, and of the United States National Rural Life Conference.  Born and died in Madrid (1070-1130).  Canonized 1622. As a child Isidore entered the service of John de Vergas, a wealthy landowner from Madrid.  There he worked faithfully on Vergas’ farm for the rest of his life. He married a […]

Our Lady of Fatima
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Our Lady of Fatima

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Our Lady of Fatima is a title for the Virgin Mary due to her apparitions to three shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal on the thirteenth day of six consecutive months in 1917, beginning on May 13. The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. Many miracles have been associated with […]

St. Robert Bellarmine
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St. Robert Bellarmine

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St. Robert Bellarmine, of whom Pope Clement VIII said: “The Church of God had not his equal in learning,” was born of a noble family at Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy, in 1542. He lived until 1621, and it was a full life conspicuous for exemplary piety. He suffered from delicate health all his life. Before […]

St. Lucia Filippini, Virgin
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St. Lucia Filippini, Virgin

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St. Lucia Filippini, of the Roman nobillity, was born in 1672 and baptized on the day of her birth. She received Holy Communion at a very early age, and when twelve years old was made a catechist of the children of the parish. She is the Foundress of the Institute of the Maestre Pie Filippini […]

Sixth Sunday of Easter
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Sixth Sunday of Easter

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St. Stanislas, Bishop, Martyr

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STANISLAS was born in answer to prayer when his parents were advanced in age. Out of gratitude they educated him for the Church, and from a holy priest he became in time Bishop of Cracow. Boleslas II was then King of Poland — a prince of good disposition, but spoiled by a long course of victory […]

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St. Pius V, Pope

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A DOMINICAN friar from his fifteenth year, Michael Ghislieri, as a simple religious, as bishop, and as cardinal, was famous for his intrepid defense of the Church’s faith and discipline, and for the spotless purity of his own life. His first care as Pope was to reform the Roman court and capital by the strict […]

St. Joseph the Worker
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St. Joseph the Worker

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In 1955, in order to insert a Christian dimension into the May Day festivities then almost monopolized by Marxists, Pope Pius XII made May 1st an annual Church celebration, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. On that occasion the Pope noted that as labor strives to improve wages and working conditions…. the worker comes […]

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St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor

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CATHERINE, the daughter of a humble tradesman, was raised up to be the guide and guardian of the Church in one of the darkest periods of its history, the fourteenth century. As a child, prayer was her delight. She would say the “Hail Mary” on each step as she mounted the stairs, and was granted […]

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St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor

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CATHERINE, the daughter of a humble tradesman, was raised up to be the guide and guardian of the Church in one of the darkest periods of its history, the fourteenth century. As a child, prayer was her delight. She would say the “Hail Mary” on each step as she mounted the stairs, and was granted […]

St. Peter, Martyr
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St. Peter, Martyr

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IN 1205 the glorious martyr Peter was born at Verona, Italy, of heretical parents. He went to a Catholic school, and his Manichean uncle asked what he learnt. “The Creed,” answered Peter; “I believe in God, Creator of heaven and earth.” No persuasion could shake his faith, and at fifteen he received the habit from […]

St. Louis-Marie de Montfort
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St. Louis-Marie de Montfort

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Few men have contributed so much to spread Marian devotion as Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. He was a popular and vigorous missionary from the west of France, who died at the age of 43 in 1716, exhausted by his sermons and his penances. His famous books such as Mary’s Secret or The Treaty of True […]

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 […]

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