Saint John Fisher, Cardinal, Martyr

July 9 Today is the feast day of Saint John Fisher.  Ora pro nobis. John Fisher was a quiet, scholarly man. He was born in Yorkshire in 1469. John was the eldest son of Robert Fisher, merchant of Beverley, and Agnes his wife. His early education was probably received in the school attached to the … Read more

Saint Veronica Giuliani, Virgin

July 9 Today is the feast day of Saint Veronica Giuliani.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Veronica Giuliani was born of devout parents at Mercatello in Italy. Her parents, Francesco Giuliana and Benedetta Mancini, were both of gentle birth. In baptism she was named Ursula, and showed marvelous signs of sanctity. When but eighteen months old … Read more

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xaveir Weninger, 1877 “For I say to you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the Scribes and of the Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”–Matt. 5.   Among the persons who were hostile to Christ who despised and … Read more

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, Queen, Widow

July 8 Today is the feast day of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Elizabeth (Isabel) was named after her great-aunt, the great Elizabeth of Hungary, but is known in Portuguese history by the Spanish form of that name, Isabel. The daughter of Pedro III, King of Aragon, and Constantia, grandchild of Emperor Frederick … Read more

Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bishops, Confessors

July 7 Today is the feast day of Saints Cyril and Methodius.  Orate pro nobis. These brothers, the Apostles of the Slavs, were born in Thessalonica, in 827 and 826 respectively. Though belonging to a senatorial family they renounced secular honours and became priests. Formerly the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius was celebrated in Bohemia … Read more

Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin

July 6 Today is the feast day of Saint Maria Goretti.  Ora pro nobis. Mary (Maria, Marietta) Goretti was born in 1890 at Corinaldo, a village some thirty miles from Ancona, the daughter of a farm-labourer, Luigi Goretti, and his wife Assunta Carlini.  Mary’s mother consecrated her to the Blessed Virgin on the day of her baptism. They … Read more

Saint Anthony Maria Zaccaria, Confessor

July 5 Today is the feast day of Saint Anthony Maria Zaccaria.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Anthony Maria Zaccaria was born at Cremona, Italy, in 1502, of noble parents. His father died when very young, and his eighteen-year-old mother was left to bring up her only son in the love of God. His mother taught … Read more

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost. by Fr. Francis Xaveir Weninger, 1877 “Master, at Thy word I will let down the net.”–Luke 5.   Those who have the happiness of being children of the Church of God, and of being instructed in the teachings of faith, know that their lives end not in this … Read more

Saint Pelagius of Cordova, Martyr

June 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Pelagius of Cordova.  Ora pro nobis. Pelagius was born about 915, and was martyred 925. Essentially nothing is known of his birth and early life.  He had an uncle who was Bishop of Tuy (in the northwestern region of Galicia), named Hermoygius. Pelagius lived in Galicia, at a time when there was … Read more

Third Sunday After Pentecost

Third Sunday After Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 What man is there of you that doth not leave the ninety-nine sheep, and go after that which was lost until he find it?”–Luke 15. “God wills the salvation of all men,” says the Apostle of the Gentiles. Should any one gifted with the use … Read more