Third Sunday of Advent-Gaudete Sunday

Today is the Third Sunday of Advent. The Third Sunday of Advent takes its common name from the Latin word Gaudete (“Rejoice”), the first word of the introit of this day’s Mass. The Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians, iv. 4-7. Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be … Read more

Saint Damasus, Pope

Saint Damasus

December 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Damasus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Damasus was born in Rome at the beginning of the fourth century. His father, Antonius, was probably a Spaniard; the name of his mother, Laurentia.  His father, a widower, had received Holy Orders there and served as parish priest in the church … Read more

Saint Eulalia, Child Martyr

Saint Eulalia

December 10 Today is the feast day of Saint Eulalia.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Eulalia was a native of Merida, in Spain. The daughter of Christian parents, she was taught in her childhood by a very holy priest of that city. She is reported to have been a child prodigy, wise beyond her years, and zealous … Read more

The Translation of the Holy House of Loreto

Holy House

Today is the feast day of the The Translation of the Holy House of Loreto. December 10 by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 By “the Holy House,” we understand the blessed house, or rather a part, a room of it, in which Mary, the Blessed Virgin, lived for three years, and afterwards was greeted by … Read more

Saint Peter Fourier, Confessor

Peter Fourier

December 9 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter Fourier.  Ora pro nobis. Peter Fourier was known as LE BON PÉRE DE MATTAINCOURT, born at Mirecourt, Lorraine, 30 Nov 1565. At fifteen he was sent to the University of Pont-à-Mousson. His piety and learning led many noble families to ask him to educate their … Read more

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Immaculate Conception

December 8 Today is the feast day of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Ora pro nobis. The doctrine What the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception means is that from the first moment of her conception, God, foreseeing and anticipating the merits of Jesus’s passion and death, and knowing Mary would say “yes” to becoming … Read more

Saint Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Saint Ambrose

December 7 Today is the feast day of Saint Ambrose.  Ora pro nobis. “If you demand my person, I am ready to submit; carry me to prison or to death, I will not resist but I will never betray the church of Christ…I will die at the foot of the altar rather than desert it.” … Read more

Saint Nicholas of Bari, Bishop and Confessor

Saint Nicholas of Bari

December 6 Today is the feast day of Saint Nicholas.  Ora pro nobis. The real Saint Nicholas was a legendary figure – a muscular and generous Christian bishop — in his own time. He saved girls from sexual slavery, raised people from the dead, was thrown into prison for his Christianity, and even punched a … Read more

Saint Sabas, Abbott

Saint Sabas

December 5 Today is the feast day of Saint Sabas.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Sabas, was born in the year 439, near Caesarea. As a child he was orphaned.  At the age of fifteen, in the absence of his parents, he suffered under the conduct of an uncle, and weary of the world’s problems decided … Read more

The Second Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday in Advent

The Second Sunday in Advent   “Art thou he that art to come, or do we look for another?”–Matt. 11, 3. Today is Second Sunday of Advent. A Person roused from sound slumber whilst darkness still envelops the earth, is unable to say what hour it is of the night. But if his wandering gaze … Read more