Last Sunday after Pentecost

Last Sunday after Pentecost

Last Sunday After Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 Today is the last Sunday after Pentecost. Today, we are reminded by Christ, in the Gospel, of the signs and warnings which shall herald the day of judgment, that terrible day which will witness at once the resurrection of the dead and the approach of … Read more

Saint Edmund Rich of Canterbury, Archbishop

Saint Edmund

November 16 Today is the feast day of Saint Edmund Rich of Canterbury.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Edmund Rich was born on 20 November, c. 1180, at Abingdon, six miles from Oxford. He died 16 November, 1240, at Soissy, France. His early history is somewhat uncertain. His parents, Reinald (Reginald) and Mabel Rich, were remarkable for piety. … Read more

Saint Didacus, Confessor

November 13 Today is the feast day of Saint Didacus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Didacus  (or Diego) was born in Andalusia in Spain, towards the beginning of the fifteenth century. He was remarkable from childhood for his love of solitude, and for conversations concerning holy things. When still young he retired to live with a … Read more

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 “And when the multitude was put forth, he went in and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.” “I will lead thee into solitude, and there speak to thy heart.” These are the words of the Holy Ghost, in the … Read more

Saint Tysilio of Wales, Abbott

November 8 Today is the feast day of Saint Tysilio.  Ora pro nobis. Prince Tyslio (or Sulio) was the second son of Brochfael Ysgythrog (of the Tusks). He fled his father’s court at an early age to throw himself on the mercy of Abbot Gwyddfarch of Caer-Meguaidd (Meifod) and beg to become a monk. A … Read more

Saint Willehad, Bishop

November 8 Today is the feast day of Saint Willehad.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Willehad was born in Northumberland before 745.  He was a friend of Alcuin, and probably received his education at York under St. Egbert. After his ordination, with the permission of King Alchred he was sent to Frisia between 765 and 774. … Read more

Saint Bertilla, Abbess

November 5 Today is the feast day of Saint Bertilla. Ora pro nobis. Saint Bertilla was born during the seventh century to one of the most illustrious Christian families in the region of Soissons. As she grew up she learned to despise the world and earnestly desired to renounce it. Before telling her parents of her … Read more

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 “Master, we know that Thou art a true speaker . . . . for Thou dost not regard the person of men.”–Matt. 22, 16. There are two principal reasons why the Word of God has so little influence upon the life of … Read more

Saint Winifred, Abbess, Virgin

November 3 Today is the feast day of Saint Winifred.  Ora pro nobis. (Welsh: Gwenfrewy; Latin: Wenbruia; English: Winifred) Winifred, was a descendant of the early Kings of Powys and the daughter of Tyfid, a great and rich man in North Wales: Lord of the townships of Abeluyc (Trefynnon alias Holywell), Maenwen & Gwenffynnon in … Read more

All Souls’ Day

November 2 Today is the feast of All Souls’ Day. Instructions for All Souls’ Day by Leonard Goffine, 1871   What is All Souls’ day? It is the day set apart by the Catholic Church for the special devout commemoration of those of its members, who have departed this life in the grace and friendship … Read more