Saint Odilia, Virgin and Abbess

Saint Odilia

December 13 Today is the feast day of Saint Odilia.  Ora pro nobis. by Dom Guéranger OSB, Book I ON this same day, we have also the fifth of the wise virgins, whose bright lamps light us, during Advent, to the crib of Jesus their Spouse. Odilia did not shed her blood for Him, as … Read more

Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Lucy

December 13 Today is the feast day of Saint Lucy.  Ora pro nobis. “No one’s body is polluted so as to endanger the soul if it has not pleased the mind. If you were to lift my hand to your idol and so make me offer against my will, I would still be guiltless in … Read more

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Guadalupe

December 12 Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Ora pro nobis. Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, make intercession for Holy Church, protect the true Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke thee in their necessities, and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for … Read more

Third Sunday of Advent-Gaudete Sunday

Today is the Third Sunday of Advent. The Third Sunday of Advent takes its common name from the Latin word Gaudete (“Rejoice”), the first word of the introit of this day’s Mass. The Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians, iv. 4-7. Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be … Read more

Saint Damasus, Pope

Saint Damasus

December 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Damasus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Damasus was born in Rome at the beginning of the fourth century. His father, Antonius, was probably a Spaniard; the name of his mother, Laurentia.  His father, a widower, had received Holy Orders there and served as parish priest in the church … Read more

“Ego Frater Maria Paulus”

“Ego Frater Maria Paulus” Uttering these simple words “Ego Frater Maria Paulus” on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, our newly professed Br. Paul made history by becoming the first monk to make vows at San Benedetto in Monte, less than 6 weeks after the epic earthquake which destroyed our ancient Basilica and monastery … Read more

Saint Eulalia, Child Martyr

Saint Eulalia

December 10 Today is the feast day of Saint Eulalia.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Eulalia was a native of Merida, in Spain. The daughter of Christian parents, she was taught in her childhood by a very holy priest of that city. She is reported to have been a child prodigy, wise beyond her years, and zealous … Read more

The Translation of the Holy House of Loreto

Holy House

Today is the feast day of the The Translation of the Holy House of Loreto. December 10 by Fr. Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 By “the Holy House,” we understand the blessed house, or rather a part, a room of it, in which Mary, the Blessed Virgin, lived for three years, and afterwards was greeted by … Read more

Saint Peter Fourier, Confessor

Peter Fourier

December 9 Today is the feast day of Saint Peter Fourier.  Ora pro nobis. Peter Fourier was known as LE BON PÉRE DE MATTAINCOURT, born at Mirecourt, Lorraine, 30 Nov 1565. At fifteen he was sent to the University of Pont-à-Mousson. His piety and learning led many noble families to ask him to educate their … Read more

A Beautiful Catholic Lady

Beautiful Catholic Lady

A Beautiful Catholic Lady In real life, Beatrice “Bice” di Folco Portinari 1266–1290) was a Florentine woman, the daughter of a banker.  In the imagination of Italy’s greatest poet, she appears as Dante Aligheri’s guide in the Divine Comedy. A Beautiful Catholic Lady she was.     In ‘La Nuova Vita’ Dante says “Beatrice appeared … Read more

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