Saint Tiburtius and Saint Susanna (Virgin), Martyrs

August 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Tiburtius and Saint Susanna, Martyrs. Orate pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 Tiburtius, a son of the Roman prefect Chromatius, received holy baptism at the same time as his father, and not only endeavored to lead a Christian life, but also to bring others … Read more

Finding of the Relics of St. Stephen, Protomartyr

August 3 by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 After St. Stephen, the first martyr, had been stoned to death by the Jews for having incontestably proved that Christ, Whom they had crucified, was the true Messiah, some pious men, filled with deep sorrow, buried him with all due reverence. Foremost among these was Gamaliel, who … Read more

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Today is the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost. by St. Alphonsus Di Liguori “Redde rationem villicationis tuae” “Give an account of thy stewardship,”–Luke, xvi. 2 Beloved Christians, of all the goods of nature, of fortune, and of grace, which we have received from God, we are not the masters, neither can we dispose of them, as … Read more

Saints Nazarius and Celsus, Martyrs

July 28 Today is the feast day of Saints Nazarius and Celsus.  Orate pro nobis. Legend has it that Saint Nazarius, born in Rome, was the son of a pagan military man who held an important post in the Roman army. His mother, honored by the Church as Saint Perpetua, was a zealous Christian, instructed … Read more

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xaveir Weninger, 1877 “By their fruits you shall know them.”–Matt. 7.   The world is full of deception, and this deception is the more dangerous, because no one is secure from it. The Apostle assures us that Satan at times changes himself into an angel of light in … Read more

Saints Justa and Rufina, Martyrs

July 19 Today is the feast day of Saints Justa and Rufina.  Orate pro nobis. Justa and her sister Rufina were pottery sellers in Seville, Spain during Diocletian’s persecutions of the early Christians. When the two sisters refused to sell their wares to be used in pagan ceremonies, their stock was destroyed. In retaliation they … Read more

Saint Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs

July 18 Today is the feast day of Saint Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs.  Orate pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 The Catholic Church presents to us today, as she did on the 10th of this Month, seven Christian heroes, who in their youth, manifested more than manly firmness in the confession … Read more

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 “I have compassion on the multitude.”–Mark 8.   Christ sees the hungry multitude, and has pity on them. He feeds them by a miracle. What Christ at that time said, His heart had felt from its first pulsation; for it was the … Read more

Saint Rufina and Saint Secunda, Virgins, Martyrs

July 10 Today is the feast day of Saint Rufina and Saint Secunda.  Orate pro nobis. From the Liturgical Year, 1901 The honours of this day whereon the Church sings the praises of true fraternity, are shared by two valiant sisters. A century had passed over the empire, and the Antonines were no more. Valerian, … Read more

Saint Felicitas, and The Seven Brothers, Martyrs

July 10 Today is the feast day of Saint Felicitas and  The Seven Brothers.  Orate pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  The names of the seven brothers whose martyrdom is commemorated today, are: Januarius, Felix, Philip, Sylvan, Alexander, Vitalis and Martialis. Their mother was St. Felicitas, a matron greatly renowned in Rome, not … Read more