Saints Justa and Rufina, Martyrs

July 19 Today is the feast day of Saints Justa and Rufina.  Orate pro nobis. Justa and her sister Rufina were pottery sellers in Seville, Spain during Diocletian’s persecutions of the early Christians. When the two sisters refused to sell their wares to be used in pagan ceremonies, their stock was destroyed. In retaliation they … Read more

Saint Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs

July 18 Today is the feast day of Saint Symphorosa and her Seven Sons, Martyrs.  Orate pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 The Catholic Church presents to us today, as she did on the 10th of this Month, seven Christian heroes, who in their youth, manifested more than manly firmness in the confession … Read more

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1877 “I have compassion on the multitude.”–Mark 8.   Christ sees the hungry multitude, and has pity on them. He feeds them by a miracle. What Christ at that time said, His heart had felt from its first pulsation; for it was the … Read more

Saint Rufina and Saint Secunda, Virgins, Martyrs

July 10 Today is the feast day of Saint Rufina and Saint Secunda.  Orate pro nobis. From the Liturgical Year, 1901 The honours of this day whereon the Church sings the praises of true fraternity, are shared by two valiant sisters. A century had passed over the empire, and the Antonines were no more. Valerian, … Read more

Saint Felicitas, and The Seven Brothers, Martyrs

July 10 Today is the feast day of Saint Felicitas and  The Seven Brothers.  Orate pro nobis. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  The names of the seven brothers whose martyrdom is commemorated today, are: Januarius, Felix, Philip, Sylvan, Alexander, Vitalis and Martialis. Their mother was St. Felicitas, a matron greatly renowned in Rome, not … Read more

Saint John Fisher, Cardinal, Martyr

July 9 Today is the feast day of Saint John Fisher.  Ora pro nobis. John Fisher was a quiet, scholarly man. He was born in Yorkshire in 1469. John was the eldest son of Robert Fisher, merchant of Beverley, and Agnes his wife. His early education was probably received in the school attached to the … Read more

Saint Veronica Giuliani, Virgin

July 9 Today is the feast day of Saint Veronica Giuliani.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Veronica Giuliani was born of devout parents at Mercatello in Italy. Her parents, Francesco Giuliana and Benedetta Mancini, were both of gentle birth. In baptism she was named Ursula, and showed marvelous signs of sanctity. When but eighteen months old … Read more

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Today is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost by Fr. Francis Xaveir Weninger, 1877 “For I say to you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the Scribes and of the Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”–Matt. 5.   Among the persons who were hostile to Christ who despised and … Read more

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, Queen, Widow

July 8 Today is the feast day of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Elizabeth (Isabel) was named after her great-aunt, the great Elizabeth of Hungary, but is known in Portuguese history by the Spanish form of that name, Isabel. The daughter of Pedro III, King of Aragon, and Constantia, grandchild of Emperor Frederick … Read more

Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bishops, Confessors

July 7 Today is the feast day of Saints Cyril and Methodius.  Orate pro nobis. These brothers, the Apostles of the Slavs, were born in Thessalonica, in 827 and 826 respectively. Though belonging to a senatorial family they renounced secular honours and became priests. Formerly the feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius was celebrated in Bohemia … Read more

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