Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday Lent (the word “Lent” comes from the Old English “lencten,” meaning “springtime) lasts from Ash Wednesday to the Vespers of Holy Saturday — forty days + six Sundays which don’t count as “Lent” liturgically. The Latin name for Lent, Quadragesima, means forty and refers to the forty days Christ spent in the … Read more

Saint Catherine de Ricci, Virgin


February 13 Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine de Ricci.  Ora pro nobis. Alexandrina of Ricci was the daughter of a noble Florentine. (2) Her father, Pier Francesco de’ Ricci, was one of an old and respected family of bankers and merchants. Her mother of the Ricasoli family — died when she was a … Read more

The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order, Confessors


February 12 Today is the feast day of The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order. Orate pro nobis. Can you imagine seven prominent men of any large modern city banding together, leaving their homes and profession, and going into solitude for a life directly given to God? That is what happened in the cultured and prosperous … Read more

Our Lady of Lourdes


February 11 Our Lady of Lourdes Date: 1858 Place: Lourdes, France Visionary: Bernadette Soubirous At age 14, the poverty-stricken, asthmatic Bernadette Soubirous saw a vision of a beautiful Lady in a grotto on the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes, France. Though Bernadette was despised, disbelieved, and harassed by local French authorities, crowds began … Read more

Quinquagesima Sunday

Quinquagesima Sunday

Today is Quinquagesima Sunday The third Sunday of Septuagesima is known as “Quinquagesima,” which means “fifty” and which comes roughly fifty days before Easter. (4) by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 “For He shall be delivered to the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and scourged, and spit upon: and after they have scourged Him, they will … Read more

Saint José Sánchez del Río, Martyr

Jose Sanchez

February 10 Today is the feast day of Saint José Sánchez del Río.  Ora pro nobis.  José Sánchez del Río was born on 28 March 1913 in Sahuayo, Michoacán, Mexico. Wanting to defend the faith and rights of Catholics, he followed in the footsteps of his two older brothers and asked his mother for permission to … Read more

Saint Scholastica, Virgin

Saint Scholastica

February 10 Today is the feast day of Saint Scholastica.  Ora pro nobis. Everything we know about St Scholastica and her (traditionally: twin) brother St Benedict comes from the Dialogues of St Gregory the Great. (5)  It is not known where she lived, whether at home or in a community; but after her brother had moved to Monte Cassino, she settled … Read more

Saint Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr


February 9 Today is the feast day of Saint Apollonia.  Ora pro nobis. from the Liturgical Year, 1904 The holy Virgin who this day claims the homage of our devotion and praise, is offered to us by the Church of Alexandria. Apollonia is a Martyr of Christ; her name is celebrated and honoured throughout the … Read more

Saint John of Matha, Confessor

John of Matha

February 8 Today is the feast day of Saint John of Matha.  Ora pro nobis.  from the Lives of the Saints. Collected from Authentick Records, 1750 Saint John of Matha was born in the Year 1160 at Faucon in Provence on the Feast of St. John Baptist. His parents, who were considerable both for their … Read more

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