Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 “The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son.”–Matt. 22.   In the Gospel of today we are told of a marriage feast prepared by the royal father for his son. This parable manifestly has … Read more

Saint John Leonardi, Confessor

October 9 Today is the feast day of Saint John Leonardi.  Ora pro nobis. BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter’s Square Wednesday, 7 October 2009 Dear Brothers and Sisters, The day after tomorrow, 9 October, will be the 400th anniversary of the death of St John Leonardi, Founder of the religious order of Clerics Regular … Read more

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 “And the multitude glorified God that gave such power to men.”–Matt. 9, 8 As the body is subject to disease, so also is the soul; but with the latter the malady is sin. Great analogy exists, however, between the two, for by … Read more

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 “And one of them, a doctor of the law, asked Him, tempting Him, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”–Matt. 22, 36. With what different dispositions did those of whom the Gospel tells us today that they sought to interrogate … Read more

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. by St. Alphonsus De Liguori “Homo quidam hydropicus erat ante illum.” “And behold, there was a certain man before him, who had the dropsy.”–Luke, xiv. 2   The man who indulges in impurity is like a person laboring under the dropsy. The latter is so much tormented by … Read more

Saint Thecla, Virgin, Martyr

September 23 Today is the feast day of Saint Thecla.  Ora pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 In the writings of the ancient Fathers of the church, the memory of the holy Virgin and Martyr, St. Thecla, is highly praised; as she was the first woman who was sentenced to torments and death … Read more

Our Lady of La Salette

September 19 Today is the feast day of Our Lady of La Salette.  Ora pro nobis. On September 19, 1846, the Mother of God appeared to two young shepherds, Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, on the heights of the mountain of La Salette in France. There She dictated to them a public message which She … Read more

Saint Lambert, Bishop, Martyr

September 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Lambert.  Ora pro nobis. St. Lambert was born in Maastricht (now in southern Holland) between 633 and 638. His father entrusted his education to the holy Bishop St. Theodard, and on that good man being martyred, Lambert was chosen as his successor. A revolution breaking out which … Read more

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1882 “And when He came nigh to the gates of the city, behold! a dead man was carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow.”–Luke 7.   Christ, accompanied by a great multitude, approaches the city of Naim, … Read more

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1882 “No man can serve two masters.”–Matt. 6. No one can serve two masters, as Christ Himself assures us. And yet what a number of those who believe in Christ, although they dare not, of course, contradict the Word of Christ in explicit … Read more