Saint Clare, Virgin and Abbess

August 12 Today is the feast day of Saint Clare of Assisi.  Ora pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 St. Clare, foundress of the Order which bears her name, was born of rich and pious parents, at Assisi, in the district of Umbria, in Italy. She received the name of Clare, which means … Read more

Saint Tiburtius and Saint Susanna (Virgin), Martyrs

August 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Tiburtius and Saint Susanna, Martyrs. Orate pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 Tiburtius, a son of the Roman prefect Chromatius, received holy baptism at the same time as his father, and not only endeavored to lead a Christian life, but also to bring others … Read more

Finding of the Relics of St. Stephen, Protomartyr

August 3 by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 After St. Stephen, the first martyr, had been stoned to death by the Jews for having incontestably proved that Christ, Whom they had crucified, was the true Messiah, some pious men, filled with deep sorrow, buried him with all due reverence. Foremost among these was Gamaliel, who … Read more

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Today is the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. by St. Alphonsus Di Liguori “Redde rationem villicationis tuae” “Give an account of thy stewardship,”–Luke, xvi. 2 Beloved Christians, of all the goods of nature, of fortune, and of grace, which we have received from God, we are not the masters, neither can we dispose of them, as … Read more

Saints Nazarius and Celsus, Martyrs

July 28 Today is the feast day of Saints Nazarius and Celsus.  Orate pro nobis. Legend has it that Saint Nazarius, born in Rome, was the son of a pagan military man who held an important post in the Roman army. His mother, honored by the Church as Saint Perpetua, was a zealous Christian, instructed … Read more

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xaveir Weninger, 1877 “By their fruits you shall know them.”–Matt. 7.   The world is full of deception, and this deception is the more dangerous, because no one is secure from it. The Apostle assures us that Satan at times changes himself into an angel of light in … Read more

Fatima in Chicago

This year is the 100th year anniversary of the renowned apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three peasant children in a remote Portuguese village. The events are being commemorated with Fatima processions large and small, a seemingly unlikely development even a few years ago, after decades-long neglect on the part of the larger Church.  But … Read more

100 Years Post-Fatima in Maine

By Robert Beaurivage Catholics in Sanford, a small town in Maine, honor the 100th anniversary of Fatima. May 13, 2017   The ceremony commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima began with a procession of a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and was sponsored by the Springvale Fatima … Read more

Saints Justa and Rufina, Martyrs

July 19 Today is the feast day of Saints Justa and Rufina.  Orate pro nobis. Justa and her sister Rufina were pottery sellers in Seville, Spain during Diocletian’s persecutions of the early Christians. When the two sisters refused to sell their wares to be used in pagan ceremonies, their stock was destroyed. In retaliation they … Read more

Saint Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs

July 18 Today is the feast day of Saint Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs.  Orate pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 The Catholic Church presents to us today, as she did on the 10th of this Month, seven Christian heroes, who in their youth, manifested more than manly firmness in the confession … Read more