The Vigil of the Holy Apostles Sts Peter and Paul

June 28 Today is the Vigil of the Holy Apostles Sts Peter and Paul By Dom Prosper Gueranger John the Baptist, placed on the confines of the two Testaments, closes the prophetic age, the reign of Hope, and opens the era of Faith which possesses the long expected God, though as yet without beholding him … Read more

Saint Gregory Barbarigo, Cardinal

June 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Gregory Barbarigo.  Ora pro nobis.  Saint Gregory Barbarigo was born in Venice, Italy in 1635. His father was an Italian diplomat and the two of them traveled throughout Italy and Europe. By the age of 30, he had earned a degree in law. He was disturbed … Read more

The Second Sunday after Epiphany

The Second Sunday after Epiphany. Wedding Feast at Cana by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 “Whatsoever He shall say to you, do ye!”–John 2 “Christ, as we read in today’s Gospel, assisted at the wedding; in Cana, and there before the eyes of His disciples wrought His first miracle, as a proof that He was … Read more

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation. I arise today Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism, Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial, Through the strength of … Read more

Lenten Embertide

Lenten Embertide Four times a year, the Church sets aside three days to focus on God through His marvelous creation. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons that “like some virgins dancing in a circle, succeed one another with the happiest harmony,” as St. John Chrysostom wrote. These four … Read more

Shrove Tuesday in Quinquagesima Week

Shrove Tuesday in Quinquagesima Week Shrove Tuesday is the last day of what traditionally was called “Shrovetide,” the week preceding the beginning of Lent. The word itself, Shrovetide, is the English equivalent for “Carnival,” which is derived from the Latin words carnem levare, meaning “to take away the flesh.” (Note that in Germany, this period is called … Read more

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

Today is the Fifth Sunday After Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  “The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field.”–Matt. 13. Holy Writ compares the working out of our salvation and the using of divine grace to different occupations of men, such as building, fishing and … Read more

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Today is the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  The life of man is a struggle. We can also call it justly a tempest. This comparison is also applicable to the Church which St. Peter called a ship, and the ark of Noah. How often is Eternity compared to a haven … Read more

Third Sunday After Epiphany

Third Sunday After Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.”–Matt. 8: 2.  The leper of whom we read in today’s Gospel believes that Christ has the power to heal him, and he is not mistaken; Christ, stretching forth His hand, said: “I will, be thou made … Read more