Saint Erasmus (Elmo), Bishop and Martyr

June 2 Today is the feast day of Saint Erasmus.  Ora pro nobis. The childhood and birthplace of Saint Erasmus (Saint Elmo) is lost to history. In the late third century, we do know that he was appointed bishop of Antioch in Asia Minor, where he led the faithful. When Emperor Diocletian ascended to the throne, … Read more

Saint Angela de Merici, Virgin

June 1 Today is the feast day of Saint Angela de Merici.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Angela was born 21 March, 1474, at Desenzano, a small town on the southwestern shore of Lake Garda in Lombardy. She was the youngest of her virtuous parents’ five children.  She was left an orphan at the age of … Read more

The Queenship of Mary

May 31 Today is the feast day of the Queenship of Mary.  Ora pro nobis. Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae: vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae. Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum … Read more

The Astonishing True Story of St Joan of Arc

May 30 Today is the feast day of Saint Joan of Arc.  Ora pro nobis.  For France and the Faith, She Was Burned As A Witch by Meghan Ferrara Photos by Beverly Stevens It’s strange, but true. Amid the turmoil and upheaval of the Hundred Years War and the general malaise permeating the French countryside, … Read more

Saint Ferdinand III, King & Confessor

May 30 Today is the feast day of Saint Ferdinand III.  Ora pro nobis. Ferdinand III of Castile was born in the monastery of Valparaiso, near Salamanca, Spain. He entered the world as a noble, the son of Alfonso IX, King of Leon, and Berengaria, daughter of Alfonso III, King of Castile. When he reached … Read more

Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin

May 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi born 2 April, 1566.  Of outward events there were very few in the saint’s life. She came of two noble families, her father being Camillo Geri de’ Pazzi and her mother a Buondelmonti. She was … Read more

Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop, Apostle of England

May 28 Today is the feast day of Saint Augustine of Canterbury.  Ora pro nobis. By Dom Prosper Gueranger 1870 Four hundred years had scarcely elapsed, since the glorious death of Eleutherius, when a second Apostle of Britain ascended from this world, and on this same day, to the abode of eternal bliss. We cannot … Read more

Sixth Sunday after Easter/Sunday after the Ascension

Today is the Sixth Sunday after Easter, the Sunday after the Ascension, or the Sunday within the Octave of the Ascension. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1891   “The Comforter, whom I will send you, He shall give testimony of Me.”–John 15. Before Christ entered triumphantly into the kingdom of His Father, He made a … Read more

Saint Bede the Venerable, Confessor

May 27 Today is the feast day of Venerable Bede, Ora pro nobis. Bede was born 672 or 673. Bede, the illustrious ornament of the Anglo-Saxon Church and its first English historian, was consecrated to God in 680 at the age of seven, and entrusted to the care of Saint Benedict Biscop at Weremouth. He … Read more

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