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St. Paul Miki & Companions
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St. Paul Miki & Companions

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Paul Miki was born into a wealthy Japanese family in 1562. He was educated by the Jesuits, and joined the Society of Jesus as a Brother.  He became a well known and successful preacher, gaining numerous converts to Catholicism. The Japanese daimyo, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, fearful of the Jesuit’s influence and intentions began an anti-Catholic persecution. […]

St. Jane of Valois
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St. Jane of Valois

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BORN in 1464 of the blood royal of France, herself a queen, Jane of Valois led a life remarkable for its humiliations even in the annals of the Saints. Her father, Louis XI., who had hoped for a son to succeed him, banished Jane from his palace, and, it is said, even attempted her life. […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Blase
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St. Blase

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ST. BLASE devoted the earlier years of his life to the study of philosophy, and afterwards became a physician. In the practice of his profession he saw so much of the miseries of life and the hollowness of worldly pleasures, that he resolved to spend the rest of his days in the service of God, […]

Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)
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Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas)

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THE law of God, given by Moses to the Jews, ordained that a woman, after childbirth, should continue for a certain time in a state which that law calls unclean, during which she was not to appear in public, nor presume to touch anything consecrated to God. This term was of forty days upon the […]

St. Vincent, Martyr
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St. Vincent, Martyr

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VINCENT was archdeacon of the church at Saragossa. Valerian, the bishop, had an impediment in his speech; thus Vincent preached in his stead, and answered in his name when both were brought before Dacian, the president, during the persecution of Diocletian. When the bishop was sent into banishment, Vincent remained to suffer and to die. […]

Pray for laws to protect the unborn
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Pray for laws to protect the unborn

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A Knights of Columbus poll conduced in January 2015 found a supermajority of Americans favoring bans on abortion after 3 months’ pregnancy, and opposing taxpayer funding of abortion.

St. Sebastian, Martyr
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St. Sebastian, Martyr

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ST. SEBASTIAN was an officer in the Roman army, esteemed even by the heathen as a good soldier, and honored by the Church ever since as a champion of Jesus Christ. Born at Narbonne, Sebastian came to Rome about the year 284, and entered the lists against the powers of evil. He found the twin […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Honoratus, Archbishop
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St. Honoratus, Archbishop

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ST. HONORATUS was of a consular Roman family settled in Gaul. In his youth he renounced the worship of idols, and gained his elder brother, Venantius, to Christ. Convinced of the hollowness of the things of this world, they wished to renounce it with all its pleasures, but a fond pagan father put continual obstacles […]

St. Paul, the First Hermit
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St. Paul, the First Hermit

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ST. PAUL was born in Upper Egypt, about the year 230, and became an orphan at the age of fifteen. He was very rich and highly educated. Fearing lest the tortures of a terrible persecution might endanger his Christian perseverance, he retired into a remote village. But his pagan brother-in-law denounced him, and St. Paul, […]

St. Veronica of Milan
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St. Veronica of Milan

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VERONICA’S parents were peasants of a village near Milan. From her childhood she toiled hard in the house and the field, and accomplished cheerfully every menial task. Gradually the desire for perfection grew within her; she became deaf to the jokes and songs of her companions, and sometimes, when reaping and hoeing, would hide her […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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The Baptism of the Lord
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The Baptism of the Lord

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Mark 1:7-11 This is what John the Baptist proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me.  I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.  I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of […]

St. Andre Besette
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St. Andre Besette

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In 1845, St. Andre Besette was born in Canada, in a small town southwest of Montreal.  He was a Holy Cross Brother, who served for decades as porter (or doorman) for the college of Notre Dame in Côte-des-Neiges, Quebec.  In addition to his duties as receptionist, his tasks included washing floors and windows, cleaning lamps, […]

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St. Titus, Bishop

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TITUS was a convert from heathenism, a disciple of St. Paul, one of the chosen companions of the Apostles in his journey to the Council of Jerusalem, and his fellow-laborers in many apostolic missions. From the Second Epistle which St. Paul sent by the hand of Titus to the Corinthians we gain an insight into […]

The Circumcision of Our Lord
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The Circumcision of Our Lord

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CIRCUMCISION was a sacrament of the Old Law, and the first legal observance required by Almighty God of the descendants of Abraham. It was a sacrament of initiation in the service of God, and a promise and engagement to believe and act as He had revealed and directed. The law of circumcision continued in force […]

St. Thomas of Canterbury
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St. Thomas of Canterbury

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ST. THOMAS, son of Gilbert Becket, was born in Southwark, England, in 1117. When a youth he was attached to the household of Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him to Paris and Bologna to study law. He became Archdeacon of Canterbury, then Lord High Chancellor of England; and in 1160, when Archbishop Theobald died, […]

The Holy Innocents, Martyrs
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The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

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HEROD, who was reigning in Judea at the time of the birth of Our Saviour, having heard that the Wise Men had come from the East to Jerusalem in search of the King of the Jews, was troubled. He called together the chief priests, and learning that Christ was to be born in Bethlehem, he […]

St. John the Apostle
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St. John the Apostle

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ST. JOHN, the youngest of the apostles in age, was called to follow Christ on the banks of the Jordan during the first days of Our Lord’s ministry. He was one of the privileged few present at the Transfiguration and the Agony in the garden. At the Last Supper his head rested on the bosom […]

St. Stephen, first martyr
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St. Stephen, first martyr

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THERE is good reason to believe that St. Stephen was one of the seventy-two disciples of our blessed Lord. After the Ascension he was chosen one of the seven deacons. The ministry of the seven was very fruitful; but Stephen especially, “full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and signs among the people.” Many […]

Christmas, the Nativity of the Lord
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Christmas, the Nativity of the Lord

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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth, good will to men. I thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along th’unbroken song Of peace on […]

Christmas Eve
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Christmas Eve

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St. John Cantius

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ST. JOHN was born at Kenty in Poland in 1403, and studied at Cracow with great ability, industry, and success, while his modesty and virtue drew all hearts to him. He was for a short time in charge of a parish; but he shrank from the burden of responsibility, and returned to his life of […]

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