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

Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

Peter Chrysologus

December 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter Chrysologus.  Ora pro nobis. O God, Who by a sign from heaven didst mark out the blessed Peter Chrysologus, the excellent Teacher, to be a ruler and instructor of souls, grant, we pray Thee, that even as Thou didst give him to be a teacher … Read more

Saint Barbara, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Barbara

December 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Barbara.  Ora pro nobis.   O GOD, Who didst adorn Thy holy Virgin and Martyr Barbara with extraordinary fortitude in the confession of the Faith, and didst console her in the most atrocious torments; grant us through her intercession perseverance in the fulfillment of Thy law … Read more

Saint Birinus, Bishop

Saint Birinus

December 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Birinus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Birinus date of birth is unknown. He was the first Bishop of Dorchester (in what is now the County of Oxford, not Dorchester, the capital of Dorsetshire). Birinus had great devotion for the Body of Our Lord, as is shown in the … Read more

Saint Francis Xavier, Confessor

Saint Francis Xavier

December 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Francis Xavier.  Ora pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 Saint Francis Xavier,–the great Apostle of the Indies, as he is called in the Bull of his canonization–the celebrated Thau maturgus of the 16th century, the irreproachable witness of the truth of our holy religion, … Read more

Saint Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Bibiana

December 2 Today is the feast day of Saint Bibiana.  Ora pro nobis. Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 In the fourth century, there lived at Rome a virgin celebrated among the Christians for her beauty and her modesty, named Bibiana. Flavian, her father, was, in the reign of the godless Emperor Julian, dispossessed of all … Read more

Saint Edmund Campion, Priest. Martyr

Edmund Campion

December 1 Today is the feast day of Saint Edmund Campion.  Ora pro nobis. Edmund Campion was the son and namesake of a Catholic bookseller, and was born in London, 25 Jan 1540.  When Mary Tudor entered London in state as queen, he was the schoolboy chosen to give the Latin salutatory to her majesty. Sir … Read more

Saint Eligius, Bishop

Saint Eligius

December 1 Today is the feast day of Saint Eligius.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Eligius (Eligiusm) was born near Limoges in the late sixth century.  He was in his childhood so skilled in manual arts, that his father decided to place him as an apprentice under a silversmith of Limoges. In a few years he had … Read more