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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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St. Ladislas, King
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St. Ladislas, King

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LADISLAS the First, son of Bela, King of Hungary, was born in 1041. By the pertinacious importunity of the people he was compelled in 1080, much against his own inclination, to ascend the throne. He restored the good laws and discipline which St. Stephen had established, and which seem to have been obliterated by the […]

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St. Prosper of Aquitaine, St William of Monte-Vergine

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ST. PROSPER was born at Aquitaine, in the year 403. His works show that in his youth he had happily applied himself to all the branches both of polite and sacred learning. On account of the purity and sanctity of his manners, he is called by those of his age a holy and venerable man. […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Thomas More
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St. Thomas More

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Thomas More was born in London, 1478. Upon the completion of humanistic studies at Oxford, he studied law in London and became a renowned attorney. He was for a time very seriously perturbed about his vocation in life, having felt and attraction toward both the Carthusians and Franciscans. He had no assurance of a calling […]

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Ferial Day

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St. Romuald, Abbot
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St. Romuald, Abbot

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IN 976, Sergius, a nobleman of Ravenna, quarrelled with a relative about an estate, and slew him in a duel. His son Romuald, horrified at his father’s crime, entered the Benedictine monastery at Classe, to do a forty days’ penance for him. This penance ended in his own vocation to religion. After three years at […]

St. John Francis Regis
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St. John Francis Regis

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ST. JOHN FRANCIS REGIS was born in the south of France at Languedoc, in 1597. From his tenderest years he showed evidences of uncommon sanctity by his innocence of life, modesty, and love of prayer. At the age of eighteen he entered the Society of Jesus. As soon as his studies were over, he gave […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
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The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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St. Margaret Mary’s parents, Claude Alacoque and Philiberte Lamyn, were distinguished less for temporal possessions than for their virtue, which gave them an honorable position. From early childhood Margaret showed intense love for the Blessed Sacrament, and preferred silence and prayer to childish amusements. The death of her father and the injustice of a relative […]

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Ferial Day

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St. Ephrem
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St. Ephrem

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ST. EPHREM is the light and glory of the Syriac Church in the 4th century. A mere youth, he entered on the religious life at Nisibis, his native place. Long years of retirement taught him the science of the Saints, and then God called him to Edessa, there to teach what he had learned so […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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Corpus Christi
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Corpus Christi

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Till the thirteenth century the Church had not thought of establishing a special festival in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, being satisfied with celebrating on Holy Thursday the institution of this divine mystery. At that period, however, as heretics dared to attack the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, and numerous miracles and […]

Sts. Marcellinus and Peter
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Sts. Marcellinus and Peter

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Little is know about these Saints, except that they died c. 304, during the persecution of the Roman Emperor, Diocletian.   Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist. Pope Damasus I, the oldest source, claimed that he heard the story of these two martyrs from their executioner who became a Christian after their deaths.

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Sts. Pothinus, Bishop, Sanctus, Attalus, Blandina, and the other Martyrs of Lyons

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AFTER the miraculous victory obtained by the prayer of the Christians under Marcus Aurelius, in 174, the Church enjoyed a kind of peace, though it was often disturbed in particular places by popular commotions, or by the superstitious fury of certain governors. This appears from the violent persecution which was raised three years after the […]

The Most Holy Trinity (Trinity Sunday)
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The Most Holy Trinity (Trinity Sunday)

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The Holy Trinity is the one true God in three Persons, equal in all things and co-eternal.  The Father gives being to the Son, and the Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and the Son. St. Anselm has endeavored to explain this most impenetrable of mysteries, and proceeding from a single point of view only, […]

St. Joan of Arc
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St. Joan of Arc

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At Domremy, on the Upper Meuse River in France, was born on January 6, 1412, of pious parentage, the illustrious heroine of all time, St. Joan of Arc. Taught by her mother from earliest years to pray each night “O God, save France,” she could not help but conceive that ardent love for her country […]

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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