Saint James of the Marches, Confessor

James Of the Marches

November 28 Today is the feast day of Saint James of the Marches.  Ora pro nobis. Saint James of the Marches (Giacomo della Marca, 1391-1476), Franciscan friar, missionary, preacher, and opponent of heresy. The life of Saint James is remarkable for his commitment to defense of Church doctrine, his tireless preaching and conversions of sinners, … Read more

Saint Catherine Laboure, Virgin

Catherine Laboure

November 28 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine Laboure.  Ora pro nobis. The sound of the evening Angelus bells floated across the fields and vineyards of Burgundy. It was the second day of the month of May in the year of Our Lord 1806. In the little village of Fain-les-Moutiers a child of … Read more

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877  A New ecclesiastical year! A new year of graces! The festivals of the Church are a spiritual tree, which yearly decks itself with new fruits, by the fresh commemoration of past great events and mysteries; a commemoration, which God blesses with special graces for every … Read more

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Miraculous Medal

November 27 Today is the feast day of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The night of July 13, 1830, 14 Rue de Bac in Paris. It was almost midnight; Sister Catherine Labouré was asleep. She was only a novice of a few months’ standing. Almost every day of her … Read more

Saint John Berchmans, Confessor

November 26 Today is the feast day of Saint John Berchmans.  Ora pro nobis. Saint John Berchmans was born the eldest son of a shoemaker in 1599 at Diest, Belgium. At a very young age he wanted to be a priest, and when thirteen he became a servant in the household of one of the … Read more

Saint Peter of Alexandria, Bishop and Martyr

Peter of Alexandria

November 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter of Alexander.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Peter of Alexandria, the successor of St. Theonas in the See of Alexandria, was, by his learning and holiness, the glory of Egypt and the light of the whole Church of God. Such was his courage under the terrible … Read more

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Catherine of Alexandria

November 25 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Ora pro nobis. “Saint Catherine of Alexandria was born at Alexandria, of pagan parents. She was gifted with great personal beauty, and possessed so extraordinary a mind, that she mastered all the sciences which, at that period, flourished in her native city. The … Read more

Saint John of the Cross, Confessor, Doctor of the Church

November 24 Today is the feast day of Saint John of the Cross.  Ora pro nobis. Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 In 1542, was born at Fontiveros, a hamlet of old Castile, Saint John of the Cross, renowned through the entire Christian world,as the restorer of the Carmelite Order. His mother, after his father’s early … Read more

Saint Clement I, Pope, Martyr

Saint Clement

November 23 Today is the feast day of Saint Clement.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Clement, the son of Faustinus, a Roman by birth, was of Jewish extraction; for he tells us himself, that he was of the race of Jacob. He was converted to the faith by St. Peter or St. Paul, and was so … Read more

Saint Cecilia, Virgin, Martyr

November 22 Today is the feast day of Saint Cecilia.  Ora pro nobis. Caecilia (Saint Cecilia) united in her veins the blood of kings with that of Rome’s greatest heroes. At the time of the first preaching of the Gospel, more than one ancient patrician family had seen its direct line become extinct. But the … Read more