Saint John de Britto, Confessor, Martyr

February 16 Today is the feast day of Saint John de Britto.  Ora pro nobis. Don Pedro II of Portugal, when a child, had among his little pages a modest boy of rich and princely parents. The young John de Britto (also known as Arulanandar in India) — for that was his name — had … Read more

Saint Onesimus, Bishop, Martyr

February 16 Today is the feast day of Saint Onesimus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Onesimus [also know as Saint Onesimus of Byzantium and the Holy Apostle Onesimus (4)] was a slave of Philemon, a person of note of the city of Colossae in Phrygia who had been converted to the faith by St. Paul. Having … Read more

Saint Faustinus and Saint Jovita, Martyrs

February 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Faustinus and Saint Jovita.  Orate pro nobis. Saint Faustinus and Saint Jovita were brothers, nobly born, and were zealous professors of the Christian religion, which they preached without fear in their city of Brescia in Lombardy, during the persecution of Adrian. Their remarkable zeal excited the fury … Read more

Saint Valentine, Confessor, Martyr

Saint Valentine

February 14 Today is the feast day of Saint Valentine.  Ora pro nobis.  Because of his Nuptial Masses, he became the patron of lovers, the affianced, and married couples, and fortuitous to the priest’s association with romance is the belief that halfway through the month of February, birds choose their mates, hence St. Valentine’s association … Read more

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday Lent (the word “Lent” comes from the Old English “lencten,” meaning “springtime) lasts from Ash Wednesday to the Vespers of Holy Saturday — forty days + six Sundays which don’t count as “Lent” liturgically. The Latin name for Lent, Quadragesima, means forty and refers to the forty days Christ spent in the … Read more

Saint Catherine de Ricci, Virgin

St._Catherine_of_Ricci

February 13 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine de Ricci.  Ora pro nobis. Alexandrina of Ricci was the daughter of a noble Florentine. (2) Her father, Pier Francesco de’ Ricci, was one of an old and respected family of bankers and merchants. Her mother of the Ricasoli family — died when she was a … Read more

The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order, Confessors

Servite

February 12 Today is the feast day of The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order. Orate pro nobis. Can you imagine seven prominent men of any large modern city banding together, leaving their homes and profession, and going into solitude for a life directly given to God? That is what happened in the cultured and prosperous … Read more

Our Lady of Lourdes

Lourdes

February 11 Our Lady of Lourdes Date: 1858 Place: Lourdes, France Visionary: Bernadette Soubirous At age 14, the poverty-stricken, asthmatic Bernadette Soubirous saw a vision of a beautiful Lady in a grotto on the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes, France. Though Bernadette was despised, disbelieved, and harassed by local French authorities, crowds began … Read more

Quinquagesima Sunday

Quinquagesima Sunday

Today is Quinquagesima Sunday The third Sunday of Septuagesima is known as “Quinquagesima,” which means “fifty” and which comes roughly fifty days before Easter. (4) by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 “For He shall be delivered to the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and scourged, and spit upon: and after they have scourged Him, they will … Read more

Saint José Sánchez del Río, Martyr

Jose Sanchez

February 10 Today is the feast day of Saint José Sánchez del Río.  Ora pro nobis.  José Sánchez del Río was born on 28 March 1913 in Sahuayo, Michoacán, Mexico. Wanting to defend the faith and rights of Catholics, he followed in the footsteps of his two older brothers and asked his mother for permission to … Read more