Saint Philip Neri, Confessor

May 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Philip Neri.  Ora pro nobis. By Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 Philip Neri, the celebrated Founder of the far-famed Oratory at Rome, was born in Florence, of very pious parents, in ths year 1515. He was so good in his childhood, that he was known under … Read more

The Feast of the Ascension

Today is the Feast of the Ascension. by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 “And the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God.”–Mark xvi, 19. The various feasts which we, as children of the Church, are called upon to celebrate throughout the year, invite us to consider, with … Read more

Our Lady Help of Christians

May 24 Today is the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. Pope Pius VII, after he returned to Rome in 1815 from several years of captivity imposed by the emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, instituted this feast day in honor of the assistance which the Blessed Virgin had accorded the Church. The occasion of the Pope’s … Read more

Saint John Baptist de Rossi, Confessor

May 23 Today is the feast day of Saint John Baptist de Rossi,  Ora pro nobis. Giovanni Battista de Rossi was born in the Piedmontese village of Voltaggio, in the diocese of Genoa, and was one of four children.  His parents, Charles de Rossi and Frances Anfossi, were not rich in earthly goods, but had … Read more

Saint Julia of Corsica, Virgin, Martyr

May 23 Today is the feast day of Saint Julia.  Ora pro nobis. Julia (also known as Saint Julia of Carthage or Saint Julia of Nonza) was born of noble aristocratic parents in Carthage (South Africa). This ancient city, founded by the Phoenicians, competed with Rome for domination in the western part of the Mediterranean. Given … Read more

The Rogation Days

Rogation Days The Rogation Days are the 25th of April, called Major, and the three days before the feast of the Ascension, called Minor. (4) “Rogation” comes from the Latin “rogare,” which means “to ask,” and “Rogation Days” are days during which we seek to ask God’s mercy, appease His anger, avert His chastisements manifest … Read more

Saint Rita of Cascia, Widow

May 22 Today is the feast day of Saint Rita of Cascia.  Ora pro nobis. By Msgr. Paul Guerin, 1882 Saint Rita was born in Italy in the late 14th century, near the little city of Cascia, of parents who though advancing in age had no children; she was the fruit of their pious prayers. … Read more

Saint Andrew Bobola, Martyr

May 21 Today is the feast day of Saint Andrew Bobola.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Andrew was born of an old and illustrious Polish family, in the Palatinate of Sandomir, 1590. His family had always protected the Jesuits and shown itself very liberal towards them. God blessed both the family and the Jesuits in this … Read more

Fifth Sunday After Easter

Today is the Fifth Sunday after Easter by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 “Ask, and you shall receive.”–John 16. Today, and during the following days of this season, the Church exhorts her children to pray earnestly, to assault heaven with their petitions, if they would desire to follow Jesus, and end their earthly pilgrimage by … Read more

Saint Ethelbert, King of the East-Angles, Martyr

May 20 Today is the feast day of Saint Ethelbert.  Ora pro nobis. King of the East Angles, was, according to the “Speculum Historiale” of Richard of Cirencester (who died about 1401), the son of King Ethelred and Leofrana, a lady of Mercia. Brought up in piety, he was a man of singular humility. Urged … Read more

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