Third Sunday After Epiphany

Third Sunday After Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.”–Matt. 8: 2.  The leper of whom we read in today’s Gospel believes that Christ has the power to heal him, and he is not mistaken; Christ, stretching forth His hand, said: “I will, be thou made … Read more

Saint Maurus, Abbot

January 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Maurus.  Ora pro nobis.  Saint Maurus (Maur) was the  son of Equitius, a nobleman of Rome. He is represented as an abbot with crozier, or with book and censer, or holding the weights and measures of food and drink given him by his holy master. (4) Saint … Read more

Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity

Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity Today is the last Sunday in the year. Ponder with care on the truths and doctrines which the holy Church has laid before thee in the epistles and gospels; thank God with thy whole heart for the great favors and benefits which thou hast received in the incarnation … Read more

Advent Embertide

Advent Embertide Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Gaudete Sunday (3rd Sunday of Advent) are known as “Advent Embertide,” and they come near the beginning of the Season of Winter (December, January, February). Liturgically, the readings for the days’ Masses follow along with the general themes of Advent, opening up with Wednesday’s Introit of Isaias 45: … Read more

Resumed Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Resumed Fourth Sunday After Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  The life of man is a struggle. We can also call it justly a tempest. This comparison is also applicable to the Church which St. Peter called a ship, and the ark of Noah. How often is Eternity compared to a haven where we … Read more

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877  “So also shall My heavenly Father do to you, if you forgive not every one his brother from your hearts.”–Matt. 18, 35.  The Gospels which are read to you from the pulpit during the ecclesiastical year afford opportunities for the expounders of the Divine Word … Read more

Saint Urban I, Pope

May 25 Today is the feast day of Saint Urban I.  Ora pro nobis.  Saint Urban I date of birth unknown.  He  died 23 May, 230. According to the “Liber Pontificalis,” Urban was a Roman and his father’s name was Pontianus. After the death of Callistus I (14 October, 222) Urban was elected Bishop of Rome, of which Church he was the … Read more

Saint Gregory VII, Pope

May 25 Today is the feast day of Saint Gregory VII.  Ora pro nobis.  (by Fr. Prosper Gueranger 1870) Our Easter Calendar has already given us the two great Popes, Leo the Great and Pius the Fifth; it bids us, today, pay honour to the glorious memory of Gregory the Seventh. These three names represent the … Read more

Saint Madeleine-Sophie Barat, Foundress

May 25 Today is the feast day of Saint Madeleine-Sophie Barat.  Ora pro nobis.  Madeleine-Sophie Barat was born in France in 1779 in the little Burgundian town of Joigny. (1) Her father owned a small vineyard and worked as a cooper. She was rigorously trained in virtue and educated in secular and sacred subjects by her … Read more

Saint Joan Antide Thouret, Foundress

May 23 Today is the feast day of Saint Joan Antide Thouret.  Ora pro nobis.  Saint Joan was born in the diocese of Besançon in November of 1765.  Saint Joan Antide lost her pious mother when she was 16 years old, and for several years took charge of the household and her family of younger brothers … Read more