The Queenship of Mary

May 31 Today is the feast day of the Queenship of Mary.  Ora pro nobis. Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae: vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae. Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum … Read more

Saint Ferdinand III, King & Confessor

May 30 Today is the feast day of Saint Ferdinand III.  Ora pro nobis. Ferdinand III of Castile was born in the monastery of Valparaiso, near Salamanca, Spain. He entered the world as a noble, the son of Alfonso IX, King of Leon, and Berengaria, daughter of Alfonso III, King of Castile. When he reached … Read more

Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin

May 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi born 2 April, 1566.  Of outward events there were very few in the saint’s life. She came of two noble families, her father being Camillo Geri de’ Pazzi and her mother a Buondelmonti. She was … Read more

Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop, Apostle of England

May 28 Today is the feast day of Saint Augustine of Canterbury.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Prosper Gueranger 1870 Four hundred years had scarcely elapsed, since the glorious death of Eleutherius, when a second Apostle of Britain ascended from this world, and on this same day, to the abode of eternal bliss. We cannot … Read more

Sixth Sunday after Easter/Sunday after the Ascension

Today is the Sixth Sunday after Easter, the Sunday after the Ascension, or the Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1891   “The Comforter, whom I will send you, He shall give testimony of Me.”–John 15. Before Christ entered triumphantly into the kingdom of His Father, He made a … Read more

Saint Bede the Venerable, Confessor

May 27 Today is the feast day of Venerable Bede, Ora pro nobis. Bede was born 672 or 673. Bede, the illustrious ornament of the Anglo-Saxon Church and its first English historian, was consecrated to God in 680 at the age of seven, and entrusted to the care of Saint Benedict Biscop at Weremouth. He … Read more

Saint Philip Neri, Confessor

May 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Philip Neri.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 Philip Neri, the celebrated Founder of the far-famed Oratory at Rome, was born in Florence, of very pious parents, in ths year 1515. He was so good in his childhood, that he was known under … Read more

The Feast of the Ascension

Today is the Feast of the Ascension. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 “And the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God.”–Mark xvi, 19. The various feasts which we, as children of the Church, are called upon to celebrate throughout the year, invite us to consider, with … Read more

Our Lady Help of Christians

May 24 Today is the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. Pope Pius VII, after he returned to Rome in 1815 from several years of captivity imposed by the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, instituted this feast day in honor of the assistance which the Blessed Virgin had accorded the Church. The occasion of the Pope’s … Read more

Saint John Baptist de Rossi, Confessor

May 23 Today is the feast day of Saint John Baptist de Rossi,  Ora pro nobis. Giovanni Battista de Rossi was born in the Piedmontese village of Voltaggio, in the diocese of Genoa, and was one of four children.  His parents, Charles de Rossi and Frances Anfossi, were not rich in earthly goods, but had … Read more