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St. Rosalia, Virgin, & St. Rose of Viterbo
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St. Rosalia, Virgin, & St. Rose of Viterbo

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ST. ROSALIA was daughter of a noble family descended from Charlemagne. She was born at Palermo in Sicily, and despising in her youth worldly vanities, made herself an abode in a cave on Mount Pelegrino, three miles from Palermo.  There she completed the sacrifice of her heart to God by austere penance and manual labor, […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Pius X, Pope
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St. Pius X, Pope

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Born Joseph Melchior Sarto on June 2, 1835, this remarkable man described himself in his will, “I was born poor, I lived in poverty, I wish to die poor.”  His place of birth was the little village of ‘Riese in northern Italy.  His parents had nine other children, two of whom died in infancy.  When […]

St. Stephen of Hungary
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St. Stephen of Hungary

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GEYSA, fourth Duke of Hungary, was, with his wife, converted to the Faith, and saw in a vision the martyr St. Stephen, who told him that he should have a son who would perfect the work he had begun. This son was born in 977, and received the name of Stephen. He was most carefully […]

St. Raymund Nonnatus
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St. Raymund Nonnatus

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ST. RAYMUND NONNATUS was born in Catalonia, in the year 1204, and was descended of a gentleman’s family of a small fortune. In his childhood he seemed to find pleasure only in his devotions and serious duties. His father perceiving in him an inclination to a religious state, took him from school, and sent him […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Rose of Lima
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St. Rose of Lima

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This lovely flower of sanctity, the first canonized Saint of the New World, was born at Lima in 1586. She was christened Isabel, but the beauty of her infant face earned for her the title of Rose, which she ever after bore. As a child, while still in the cradle, her silence under a painful […]

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The Passion of St. John the Baptist
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The Passion of St. John the Baptist

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St. John the Baptist was called by God to be the forerunner of His divine Son. In order to preserve his innocence spotless, and to improve the extraordinary graces which he had received, he was directed by the Holy Ghost to lead an austere and contemplative life in the wilderness, in the continual exercises of […]

St. Augustine
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St. Augustine

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ST. AUGUSTINE was born in 354, at Tagaste in Africa. He was brought up in the Christian faith, but without receiving baptism. An ambitious school-boy of brilliant talents and violent passions, he early lost both his faith and his innocence. He persisted in his irregular life until he was thirty-two.  Meanwhile his mother, St. Monica, […]

St. Monica
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St. Monica

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MONICA, the mother of St. Augustine, was born in 332. After a girlhood of singular innocence and piety, she was given in marriage to Patritius, a pagan. She at once devoted herself to his conversion, praying for him always, and winning his reverence and love by the holiness of her life and her affectionate forbearance. She […]

St. Joseph Calasanctius
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St. Joseph Calasanctius

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ST. JOSEPH CALASANCTIUS was born in Aragon, in 1556. When only five years old, he led a troop of children through the streets to find the devil and kill him. He became a priest, and was engaged in various reforms.  Once he heard a voice saying, “Go to Rome,” and saw a vision of many […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Philip Benizi
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St. Philip Benizi

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St. Philip Benizi was born in Florence, Italy on the Feast of the Assumption, 1233. That same day the Order of Servites was founded. As an infant at the breast, Philip broke out into speech at the sight of these new religious, and begged his mother to give them alms. Amidst all the temptations of […]

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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St. Pius X, Pope
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St. Pius X, Pope

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Born Joseph Melchior Sarto on June 2, 1835, this remarkable man described himself in his will, “I was born poor, I lived in poverty, I wish to die poor.”  His place of birth was the little village of ‘Riese in northern Italy.  His parents nine other children, two of whom died in infancy.  When the […]

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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St. Maximilian Kolbe
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St. Maximilian Kolbe

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Polish Franciscan priest (January 8, 1894 – August 14, 1941) who worked to combat the religious indifference of his day. He founded the Militia of the Immaculata, and a companion magazine, Knights of the Immaculata, first published in 1922.  His special apostolates included ministry toward the conversion of Masons. After the Germans occupied Poland in […]

St. Eusebius, priest
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St. Eusebius, priest

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THE Church celebrates this day the memory of St. Eusebius, who opposed the Arians, at Rome, with so much zeal. He was imprisoned in his room by order of the Emperor Constantius, and sanctified his captivity by constant prayer.  For the Catholic Encyclopedia article on him, click here. An earlier Saint of the same name, […]

St. Radegundes, Queen
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St. Radegundes, Queen

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ST. RADEGUNDES was the daughter of a king of Thuringia who was assassinated by his brother; a war ensuing, our Saint, at the age of twelve, was made prisoner and carried captive by Clotaire, King of Soissons, who had her instructed in the Christian religion and baptized. The great mysteries of our Faith made such […]

Sts. Pontian & Hippolytus
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Sts. Pontian & Hippolytus

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Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus were rivals for the papacy.  During Pontian’s pontificate (AD 230-235) the schism led by Hippolytus of Rome came to an end.  Both Pontian and Hippolytus were exiled by the emperor Maximinus Thrax to Sardinia.  According to Liber Pontificalis he died along with Hippolytus in the Sardinian mines, but not until the […]

Sts. Tiburtius and Susanna, Martyrs.
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Sts. Tiburtius and Susanna, Martyrs.

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AGRESTIUS CHROMATIUS was vicar to the prefect of Rome, and had condemned several martyrs in the reign of Carinus.  In the first years of Diocletian, St. Tranquillinus, being brought before Chromatius, assured him that, having been afflicted with the gout, he had recovered a perfect state of health by being baptized. Chromatius was troubled with […]

St. Clare
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St. Clare

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While the Saracen army of Frederick II. was ravaging the valley of Spoleto, a body of infidels advanced to assault St. Clare’s convent, which stood outside Assisi. The Saint caused the Blessed Sacrament to be placed in a monstrance, above the gate of the monastery facing the enemy, and kneeling before it, prayed, “Deliver not […]

St. Laurence, deacon and martyr
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St. Laurence, deacon and martyr

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ST. LAURENCE (or Lawrence) was the chief among the seven deacons of the Roman Church. In the year 258 Pope Sixtus was led out to die, and St. Laurence stood by, weeping that he could not share his fate. “I was your minister,” he said, “when you consecrated the blood of Our Lord; why do […]

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