Saint John Capistrano, Confessor

March 28 Today is the feast day of Saint John Capistrano. Ora pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  Among the Saints who glorified and illustrated the Church of Christ in the 15th Century, St. John was one of the most famous. He derived his surname from the place of his birth, Capistran, a … Read more

Saint John Damascene, Confessor & Doctor of the Church

March 27 Today is the feast day of Saint John Damascene.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877   St. John received his name from Damascus, a city in Syria, where he was born and which at that period was under the Sceptre of the Saracens. His parents were greatly esteemed, not only … Read more

Saint Ludger, Bishop

March 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Ludger.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Ludger (Liudger, Lüdiger) was born in Friesland (the Netherlands) about the year 743. His father was a nobleman of the first rank.  When he was eleven years of age, he saw the English missionary St Boniface and this made such an … Read more

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Laetare Sunday

Today is the Fourth Sunday in Lent. The fourth Sunday of Lent is rather unique; like the third Sunday of Advent (“Gaudete Sunday”), the fourth Sunday of Lent is a break in an otherwise penitential season. The vestments for this day will be rose, as they are on Gaudete Sunday in Advent, and flowers may … Read more

Saint Dismas

March 25 Today is the feast day of Saint Dismas.  Ora pro nobis. The Good Thief The Christian tradition of Saint Dismas (or, more correctly, Dysmas) is based on the story of The Good Thief, as told in Luke 23:39-43. One of the criminals crucified with Jesus abused him saying: “Are you not the Christ? … Read more

Feast of the Annunciation

March 25 Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.   From The Liturgical Year … Read more

Saint Gabriel, the Archangel

March 24 Today is the feast day of Saint Gabriel, the Archangel.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Gabriel rightly bears the beautiful name, the strength of God, manifesting in every apparition the power and glory of the Eternal. According to some of the Fathers of the Church, it was Saint Gabriel, Angel of the Incarnation, who … Read more

Saint Turibius, Bishop

March 23 Today is the feast day of Saint Turibius.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Turibius (Saint Toribio Alfonso de Mogrovejo) was well educated and achieved a number of successful secular honors and positions within Spanish society. While devout as a youth, Turibius had no intention of becoming a priest. Instead, having done well as a … Read more

Saint Catherine of Sweden, Widow

March 22 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Sweden (Vadstena).  Ora pro nobis. Saint Catherine was the fourth child of St. Bridget and her husband, Ulf Gudmarsson.  She was born 1331 or 1332 and died 24 March, 1381. At the time of her death St. Catherine was head of the convent of Wadstena, … Read more

Saint Benedict, Abbot

March 21 Today is the feast day of Saint Benedict.  Ora pro nobis. by Dom Prosper Gueranger Forty days after the white dove of Cassino had mounted to heaven, Benedict, her glorious Brother, ascended by a bright path to the blissful abode, where they were to be united for ever. Both of them reached the … Read more