Saint Martina, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Martina

January 30 Today is the feast day of Saint Martina.  Ora pro nobis. from the Liturgical Year, 1904 A third Roman virgin, wearing on her brow a Martyr’s crown, comes today to share the honors given to Agnes and Emerentiana, and offer her palm to the Lamb. Her name is Martina, which the pagans were … Read more

Saint Gildas, Monk

Saint Gildas

January 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Gildas.  Ora pro nobis. Gildas is said to have been born in the Clwyd valley in north Wales around 500 AD.  (2) Sometimes he is called “Badonicus” because, as he tells us, his birth took place the year the Britons gained a famous victory over the Saxons at … Read more

Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church

de Sales

January 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Francis de Sales.  Ora pro nobis. His father, François de Sales de Boisy, and his mother, Françoise de Sionnaz, belonged to old Savoyard aristocratic families. The future saint was the eldest of six brothers. His father intended him for the magistracy and sent him at an … Read more

Saint Peter Nolasco, Confessor

Peter Nolasco

January 28 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter Nolasco.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877   Saint Peter Nolasco, founder of the Order of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, for the redemption of captives, was born at Recaudo, near Carcasson, an Episcopal See in Languedoc, France, in the year of … Read more

Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

John Chrysotom

January 27 Today is the feast day of Saint John Chrysostom.  Ora pro nobis. At the time of John Chrysostom’s birth, Antioch was the second city of the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. During the whole of the fourth century religious struggles had troubled the empire and had found their echo at Antioch. Pagans, … Read more

Saint Paula of Rome, Widow

Saint Paula

January 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Paula.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Paula was born in 347.  St. Paula, a Roman, was of noble background.  Paula was the daughter of Blesilla and Rogatus, from the great clan of the Furii Camilli. She had five children, widowed, she converted her palatial home into a … Read more

Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

Saint Polycarp

January 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Polycarp.  Ora pro nobis. The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp by St. Alphonsus di Liguori St. Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle St. John, and was born about the seventieth year of the Christian era. He was a Christian from his infancy, and on account of … Read more

The Conversion of Saint Paul

Saint Paul

January 25 Today is the feast day of the Conversion of Saint Paul.  For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, 39 neither height nor depth nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that … Read more

Saint Timothy, Bishop and Martyr

Saint Timothy

January 24 Today is the feast day of Saint Timothy.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Timothy, whom I have chosen as my special patron, pray for me that I, too, may one day glorify the Blessed Trinity in heaven. Obtain for me your lively faith, that I may consider all persons, things, and events in the … Read more

Saint Raymund of Penafort, Confessor

Raymond of Peñafort

January 23 Today is the feast day of Saint Raymund of Penafort.  Ora pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877   St. Raymond, sprung from the noble race of Penafort, was born at Barcelona, in Catalonia, in the year 1175. Even in early childhood his only delight was in prayer and study, and when … Read more