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Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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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 […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Louis, King
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St. Louis, King

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The mother of Louis told him she would rather see him die than commit a mortal sin, and he never forgot her words. King of France at the age of twelve, he made the defence of God’s honor the aim of his life. Before two years, he had crushed the Albigensian heretics, and forced them […]

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St. Bartholomew, Apostle

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St. Bartholomew was one of the twelve who were called to the apostolate by our blessed Lord Himself. Several learned interpreters of the Holy Scripture take this apostle to have been the same as Nathaniel, a native of Cana, in Galilee, a doctor in the Jewish law, and one of the seventy-two disciples of Christ, […]

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 […]

St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot, Doctor
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St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot, Doctor

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St. Bernard was born at the castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy. The grace of his person and the vigor of his intellect filled his parents with the highest hopes, and the world lay bright and smiling before him when he renounced it forever and joined the monks at Citeaux. All his brothers followed Bernard to […]

St. John Eudes
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St. John Eudes

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St. John Eudes, born at Ri, Orne, was a brother of the French historian François Eudes de Nézeray. At the age of fourteen he took a vow of chastity.  After studying with the Jesuits at Caen he joined the Oratorians on 25 March 1623. His masters and models in the spiritual life were Pierre de […]

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

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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IN this festival the Church commemorates the happy departure from life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and her translation into the kingdom of her Son, in which she received from Him a crown of immortal glory, and a throne above all the other Saints and heavenly spirits. After Christ, as the triumphant Conqueror of death […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

St. Dominic
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St. Dominic

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ST. DOMINIC was born in Spain, in 1170. As a student, he sold his books to feed the poor in a famine, and offered himself in ransom for a slave. At the age of twenty-five he became superior of the Canons Regular of Osma, and accompanied his Bishop to France. There his heart was well-nigh […]

St. Cajetan
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St. Cajetan

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Thomas Cajetan was born in northern Italy, at Vicenza, in 1480, of pious and noble parents, who dedicated him to our blessed Lady. From childhood he was known as the Saint, and in later years as “the hunter of souls.” A distinguished student, he left his native town to seek obscurity in Rome, but was […]

The Transfiguration of our Lord
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The Transfiguration of our Lord

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OUR divine Redeemer, being in Galilee about a year before His sacred Passion, took with Him St. Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, Sts. James and John, and led them to a retired mountain. Tradition assures us that this was Mount Tabor, which is exceedingly high and beautiful, and was anciently covered with green […]

Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
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Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major

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THERE are in Rome three patriarchal churches, in which the Pope officiates on different festivals. These are the Basilics of St. John Lateran, St. Peter’s on the Vatican Hill, and St. Mary Major. This last is so called because it is, both in antiquity and dignity, the first church in Rome among those that are […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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18th Sunday, Ordinary Time
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18th Sunday, Ordinary Time

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