Saint Thorlac Thorhallson of Iceland, Bishop

Saint Thorlac

December 23 Today is the feast day of Saint Thorlac Thorhallson.  Ora pro nobis. Thorlac (Thorlak) was born in 1133, less than two centuries after German and Norwegian missionaries began the first effective evangelization of Iceland. The pagan nation’s conversion had involved a dramatic national struggle, as many Icelanders clung fiercely to their ancestral religion … Read more

Saint Servulus of Rome, Confessor

December 23 Today is the feast day of Saint Servulus.  Ora pro nobis. In this holy man was exemplified what our divine Redeemer taught of Lazarus, the poor man full of sores who lay at the gate of the rich man’s house. Servulus was a beggar, afflicted with the palsy from his infancy, so that … Read more

Saint Thomas, Apostle, Martyr

Saint Thomas

December 21 Today is the feast day of Saint Thomas.  Ora pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 Saint Thomas was a fisherman, born in Galilee. The divine Saviour received him among His Apostles, to announce His Gospel to the world, and to convert mankind. From the time that he was chosen to so … Read more

Saint Dominic de Silos, Abbott

Dominic of Silo

December 20 Today is the feast day of Saint Dominic de Silos.  Ora pro nobis. Dominic de Silos was born in Navarre, Spain, a shepherding town in the Pyrenees. As a young boy and man, he served his father’s flocks as a shepherd, relishing the solitude of the shepherding life, and spending his days in quiet … Read more

Blessed Urban V, Pope

Urbanus V

December 19 Today is the feast day of Blessed Urban V.  Ora pro nobis. Blessed Urban V (Guillaume de Grimoard) was born at Grisac in Languedoc.  He was born of a knightly family, he was educated at Montpellier and Toulouse, and became a Benedictine monk at the little priory of Chirac near his home. While … Read more

Fourth Sunday IN Advent

Today is the Fourth Sunday in Advent. The First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, iv. 1-5.     Brethren: Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God. Here now it is required among the dispensers, that a man be found faithful. But … Read more

Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 18 Today is the Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. December 18 begins the last week of Advent, which the Church calls the Week of Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are only one week away from the Birth of Our Lord, and the Church imagines the jubilation and hope … Read more

Saint Olympias of Constantinople, Widow

Olympia

December 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Olympias.  Ora pro nobis. Olympias was born the daughter of senator Anicius Secundus, and a descendant (on her mother’s side) of noted rulers. Left an orphan at a tender age, she was brought up by Theodosia, sister of Saint Amphilochius, a virtuous and prudent woman. At … Read more

Saint Lazarus

Lazarus

December 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Lazarus.  Ora pro nobis.   Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, a the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus … Read more

Saint Adelaide, Widow

Saint Adelaide

December 16 Today is the feast day of Saint Adelaide.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Adelaide was the daughter of Rudolph II, King of Burgundy.  She was born in 931 and at age 15 married Lothaire II, King of Italy. Later their daughter became Queen of France. Adelaide was 18-years-old when she lost her husband, who was … Read more