St. Martina, VM - January 30th

Cortona Martyrdom of Saint Martina (Wikipedia) "O God, Who among the other marvels of Thy power, hast granted even to the weaker sex the victory of martyrdom: mercifully grant that we who celebrate the heavenly birthday of blessed Martina, Thy Virgin and Martyr, may by her example draw nearer to Thee. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Martina, a Roman virgin of an illustrious family, lost her parents while she was still young and distributed her vast fortune lavishly to the poor. Under the emperor Alexander, she was commanded to sacrifice to the imaginary gods, and refused to commit this great crime. First she was subjected to many kinds of tortures and, finally cond

St. Francis de Sales, BpCD - January 29th

Saint François de Sales, un évêque évangélisateur et charitable au service des pauvres (Notre Histoire avec Marie) "O God, by Whose will blessed Francis, Thy Confessor and Bishop, became all things to all men in his zeal for souls: graciously fill us wit the sweetness of Thy love, and grant that by the light of his counsel and with the help of his merits we may attain eternal joy. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Francis de Sales StartFragment Bishop of Geneva, Doctor of the Universal Church. born at Thorens, in the Duchy of Savoy, 21 August, 1567; died at Lyons, 28 December, 1622. His father, François de Sales de Boisy, and his mother, Franço

St. Peter Nolasco, C - January 28th

The Vision of St. Peter Nolasco (Wikipedia) "O God, Who after the example of thine own love didst from heaven teach blessed Peter to enrich Thy Church with a new family founded to ransom the faithful: grant by his intercession that we may be set free from the bondage of sin, and may rejoice in lasting freedom in our heavenly home: Who livest and reignest." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Peter Nolasco, born of a noble family at Recaudun near Carcassonne in France, was bereaved of his parents in his youth. Loathing the heresy of the Albigenses, he divided his patrimony and went to Spain. There, as he was praying one night, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and suggested that it woul

St. John Chrysostom, BpCD - January 27th

St. John Chrysostom (Flickr) "We beseech Thee, O Lord, let Thy heavenly grace give increase to Thy Church, which Thou wert pleased to adorn with the glorious merits and teaching of blessed John Chrysostom, Thy Confessor and Bishop. Through and Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. John came from Antioch and was called “Chrysostom” because of the golden flood of his eloquence. Ordained a priest of the Church of Antioch, he was later, against his will made archbishop of Constantinople to succeed Nectarius, through the influence of Arcadius the emperor. In this office, since he spoke out strongly against the degradation of public morals and the licentious lives of the nobility, he drew

St. Polycarp, BpM - January 26th

Martyrdom of St. Polycarp (Christ Church in Windsor) "O God, Who dost gladden us by the annual feast of blessed Polycarp, Thy Martyr and Bishop: mercifully grant that we, who celebrate his heavenly birthday, may also rejoice in his protection. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle John, and was consecrated by him Bishop of Smyrna. He was reckoned the chief of all the Christians of Asia, because he had been taught by several of the Apostles, and other persons who had seen the Lord. During the reign of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, and while Anicetus presided over the Church of Rome, Polycarp came thither to discuss some questions rega

The Conversion of St. Paul - January 25th

The Conversion of St. Paul on the Road to Damascus (Angelus News) "O God, Who hast taught the whole world by the preaching of blessed Paul the Apostle: grant, we beseech Thee, that we who this day celebrate his conversion, may through his example draw nearer to Thee." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew nigh to Damascus; and suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him. [4] And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? [5] Who said: Who art thou, Lord? And he: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. It is hard for thee to kick against the goad. [6] And he trembling and astonished,

St. Timothy, BpM - January 24th

Sts. Timothy and Titus (Deeper Truth Catholics) "Look down upon our weakness, almighty God; and since the weight of our own deeds bears us down, may the glorious intercession of Blessed Timothy, Thy Bishop and Martyr, protect us. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Timothy was born in Lystra in Lycaonia of a gentile father and a Jewish mother, and was a follower of the Christian religion when the Apostle Paul visited that city. Paul was so moved by what he repeatedly heard of Timothy’s holiness that he took him with him as a companion on his journeys; yet, because of the Jews who had been converted to Christ and who knew that Timothy’s father had been a Gentile, he had

St. Raymond of Penafort, C - January 23rd

St. Raymond’s Miracle Of Sailing Across The Mediterranean With Only HIs Cloak "O God, Who didst choose blessed Raymond to be eminent as a minister of the Sacrament of Penance and dist lead him in wondrous wise upon the waves of the sea: grant that by his intercession we may be able to bring forth worthy fruits of penance, and to reach the port of everlasting salvation. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Raymond of Barcelona, of the noble family of Penafort, zealously applied himself at Bologna to works of charity and to the study of ecclesiastical and civil law. When he had received his doctorate, he taught there, gaining great praise for interpreting the sacred canon

Ecce Bona Soror ~ Behold the Good Sister, reflection poem

Quid est Soror? What is a Sister? The world today doesn't know what to think or say, When they see a sister in habit focused to pray. The meaning of what a sister is has been lost, Oh but the world needs them and it is worth every cost! When the world is distracted and busy Nuns are focused on God mightily, When the world lacks ardent praying, nuns are taking up the slack praying around the clock silently. When acts of faith, hope and love are absent, nuns are lovingly giving God his right due. When Graces needed to be asked and earned, Nuns are begging and imploring for more than a few. When the world seems very dull, evil, selfish, a human race living lifelessly, Nuns are remind us what

Sts. Vincent and Anastasius, Mm - January 22nd

Martyrdom of Sts. Vincent and Anastasius (Traditional Catholic Priest) "O Lord, listen to our supplications: that we who acknowledge the guilt of our sins, may be delivered through the intercession of Thy blessed Martyrs Vincent and Anastasius. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Vincent, born at Huesca in Spain. was an earnest student even as a child. He learned the sacred sciences from Valerius, Bishop of Saragossa. and then took over the work of preaching the Gospel since the bishop could not fulfill his preaching office because of an impediment of speech. For this reason Vincent was reported to the wicked prefect, Dacian, and brought to him in Valencia. He suffered

St. Agnes, VM - January 21st

St. Agnes by Giovanni Battista Moroni, Columbus Museum of Art "Almighty and everlasting God, Who dost choose the weak things of the world to confound the strong: mercifully grant that we who keep the solemn feast of blessed Agnes, Thy Virgin and Martyr, may experience her advocacy with Thee. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily MIssal, 1962 Of all the virgin martyrs of Rome none was held in such high honour by the primitive church, since the fourth century, as St. Agnes. In the ancient Roman calendar of the feasts of the martyrs (Depositio Martyrum), incorporated into the collection of Furius Dionysius Philocalus, dating from 354 and often reprinted, e.g. in Ruinart [Acta Sincera Martyr

Sts. Fabian, P & Sebastian, Mm - January 20th

Sts. Pope Fabian and St. Sebastian (Pinterest) "O Almighty God, have regard to our weakness: and since the weight of our own evil deeds is oppressive, may the glorious intercession of Thy blessed Martyrs, Fabian and Sebastian, protect us. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Fabian, a Roman, ruled the Church from the time of Maximian to that of Decius. He divided the City into seven districts and assigned a deacon to each to care for the poor. He appointed the same number of subdeacons to collect the Acts of the Martyrs from the records of the district notaries. He decreed that every year on Holy Thursday the old chrism be burned and new chrism consecrated. At length, o

The Daily Knight's Alexandra Clark interviews Alexander Tschugguel on the Holy Sacrifice of the

Welcome to our first video in the Series on Mass Conversions! After our long interval, we are now back up and running. Starting this year, 2020 A.D. with a new project called: “Mass Conversions!” Delving into how the Saints LEARNED the Holy Mass, LIVED the Holy Mass, and LOVED the Holy Mass! For our first video in relation to the project, please welcome Alexander Tschugguel, of Vienna, Austria. In this interview we talk about why he loves the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in particular the Latin Tridentine Mass. Then we get into talking about what is the right mind and spirit those within traditional communities should have to be welcoming to those that come to visit the Latin Mass. For Christ

From the Depths of Our Hearts - The Blow-back of Corruption

From the Depths of Our Hearts (Ignatius Press) In the wake of the Amazon synod, many Catholics are left questioning their faith and the Church. During the synod, we saw idol worship in the Vatican gardens, the push for women to have a role in the church as deacons, and serious discussions about opening the door for married priests. There were a few notable prelates who did stand up and speak out against the abject heresies being presented during the synod, but for the most part, the men wearing the red were silent. However, just a few days ago, it was announced that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah were releasing a book on celibacy and the priesthood. Twitter exploded wit

St. Peter's Chair in Rome - January 18th

Chair of Saint Peter at Rome (EpicPew) "O God, Who by delivering to Thy blessed Apostle Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven, didst confer upon him the pontifical power of binding and of loosing, grant that, by the help of his intercession, we may be freed from the bonds of sin: Who livest and reignest." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 I. THE ANNUAL FEAST OF CATHEDRA PETRI AT ROME From the earliest times the Church at Rome celebrated on 18 January the memory of the day when the Apostle held his first service with the faithful of the Eternal City. According to Duchesne and de Rossi, the “Martyrologium Hieronymianum” (Weissenburg manuscript) reads as follows: “XV KL. FEBO. Dedicatio cat

St. Anthony, Ab - January 17th

Saint Anthony of the Desert, EWTN "May the intercession of blessed Anthony, the Abbot commend us unto Thee, we beseech Thee, O lord: so that what we cannot acquire by any merits of ours, we may obtain by his patronage. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 When St. Anthony of Egypt entered a church and heard the words of the Gospel, “If you will be perfect, go, sell all that you have and give to the poor,” he took them as if said to him personally, thinking that this is how Christ should be obeyed. And so, having sold his family possessions and distributed the money to the poor, he withdrew to the vast solitudes of Egypt. He was so fired with zeal for all virtues that, whene

Pope St. Marcellus I, PM - January 16th

Painting of Saint Marcello in Heavenly Glory which appears above the high altar of the Basilica of San Marcello al Corso in Rome "We beseech Thee, O Lord, mercifully hearken to Thy people praying for help through the merits of blessed Marcellus, Thy Martyr and Pontiff, in whose martyrdom we rejoice. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Marcellus of Rome was Pope from the reign of Constantius and Galerius to that of Maxentius. At his suggestion the Roman lady Lucina willed her property to God’s Church. Because the number of the faithful in the city had increased, he set up new parishes and divided the City into various districts. This angered Maxentius and he threatened

St. Paul, First Hermit, C - January 15th

Meeting of Saint Paul the Hermit and Saint Anthony Abbot, David Teniers the Younger, Artnet "O God, Who sendest us joy year by year on the feast of blessed Paul, Thy Confessor, which we are now keeping: mercifully grant on this day of his heavenly birth that we may grow like him in deed. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Paul, originator and master of the eremitic life, was born in the lower Thebaid. When the Persecution of Decius and Valerian was raging, he withdrew to a cave in the desert. Here, with a palm tree providing him with both food and clothing; he lived a most holy life. He had reached the age of a hundred and thirteen years when Anthony, then ninety year

Feast of the Holy Family - First Sunday After the Epiphany

The Holy Family by Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo (Wikipedia) "O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, being subject to Mary and Joseph, didst sanctify home life with ineffable virtues: grant that, with the aid of both, we may be taught by the example of Thy Holy Family, and attain to eternal fellowship with them: Who livest and reignest." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 The special devotions which sets forth the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the model of virtue for all Christian households began in the seventeenth century. It commenced almost simultaneously in Canada and France: the Association of the Holy Family being founded in Montreal in 1663, and the Daughters of the Holy Family in

Epiphany Of Our Lord Jesus Christ - January 6th

Magi (Plural of Latin magus; Greek magoi). From the Catholic Encyclopedia The “wise men from the East” who came to adore Jesus in Bethlehem (Matthew 2). Rationalists regard the Gospel account as fiction; Catholics insist that it is a narrative of fact, supporting their interpretation with the evidence of all manuscripts and versions, and patristic citations. All this evidence rationalists pronounce irrelevant; they class the story of the Magi with the so-called “legends of the childhood of Jesus”, later apocryphal additions to the Gospels. Admitting only internal evidence, they say, this evidence does not stand the test of criticism. John and Mark are silent. This is because they begin their

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