Saint Florian, Martyr

May 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Florian.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Florian was born in the mid-third century A.D., perhaps around the year 250,somewhere around current-day Austria.  While little is known of his life other than his heroic exploits in the Army, it is clear that be 284, Saint Florian had converted … Read more

Saint Monica, Widow

May 4 Today is the feast day of Saint Monica.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine, the great teacher of sacred wisdom, was a native of Africa. She was doubly a mother to the Saint; for, she not only gave him earthly life, but also spiritual … Read more

Finding of the Holy Cross

May 3 Today is the feast day of the Finding of the Holy Cross. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877   The true Church celebrates today the discovery of that Cross which our Saviour and Redeemer has made holy, through the painful and ignominious death He suffered upon it for the salvation of all men. … Read more

Saint Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church

May 2 Today is the feast day of Saint Athanasius.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 St. Athanasius, the great Doctor of the Church, and intrepid defender of the Catholic faith, was born. at Alexandria, the Capital of Egypt, in the year of our Lord 294. His parents, who belonged to the … Read more

Saint Peregrine Laziosi, Confessor

May 1 Today is the feast day of Saint Peregrine Laziosi.  Ora pro nobis. In 1283 Saint Philip, Prior General of the Friar Servants of Saint Mary, attempted to lead back to obedience to the Apostolic See the citizens of Forlì then under interdict. He was driven out of the city with insults and violence. … Read more

Saint Joseph the Worker

May 1 Today is the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker.  Ora pro nobis. Today is the  feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker, Our Mother’s husband, and foster-father to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus. This second feast day of Saint Joseph was instituted in 1955 by Pope Pius XII. Celebrated on May 1—a … Read more

Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin

April 30 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Siena.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 Sienna, in the Tuscan district, is the favored place where, in 1347, St. Catherine first saw the light of this world. Her life from her childhood, was a continual exercise of the choicest virtues, … Read more

Second Sunday after Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Today is the Second Sunday after Easter. by Fr. Raphael Frassinetti, 1900   Gospel. John x. 11-16. At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. But the hireling and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, … Read more

Saint Peter of Verona, Martyr

April 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter of Verona.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877   St. Peter, upon whom God bestowed a truly apostolic zeal, was born at Verona in the year 1205. His parents were Manicheans, but he himself evinced from his earliest youth an aversion to … Read more

Saint Hugh of Cluny, Abbot

April 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Hugh of Cluny.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Hugh was born at Semur (Brionnais in the Diocese of Autun), 1024. The eldest son of Count Dalmatius of Semur and Aremberge (Aremburgis) of Vergy, Hugh was descended from the noblest families in Burgundy. Dalmatius, devoted to war and … Read more