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Our Lady of the Rosary
Friday, 7 Oct, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Our Lady of the Rosary

The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in …

St. Jerome
Friday, 30 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Jerome

Oxford Dictionary of Saints: St. Jerome
Jerome (Hieronymus) (c.341–420), monk and Doctor of the Church. Born at Strido, near Aquileia, in Dalmatia, Jerome was well educated, first by his father, then by the grammarian Donatus at …

Michael, Gabriel and Rafael
Thursday, 29 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Michael, Gabriel and Rafael

Today is the feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Rafael.  For the day’s readings, go here.  The Jews know seven archangels.  The Catholic Church gives cultic recognition to the three who are revealed in …

Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila (1600-1637)
Wednesday, 28 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila (1600-1637)

Lorenzo Ruiz and Anti-Christianity in Japan in the 1600s

The followers of Christ, arriving unexpectedly in Japan, not only came here carrying their goods, but also, without any permission, have spread and propagated their wicked …

St. Vincent de Paul
Tuesday, 27 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Vincent de Paul

Born to a peasant family. A highly intelligent youth, Vincent spent four years with the Franciscan friars at Acq, France getting an education. Tutor to children of a gentlemen in Acq. He began divinity studies …

Padre Pio da Pietrelcina
Friday, 23 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Padre Pio da Pietrelcina

This worthy follower of Saint Francis of Assisi was born on 25 May 1887 at Pietrelcina in the Archdiocese of Benevento, the son of Grazio Forgione and Maria Giuseppa De Nunzio. He was baptized the …

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Wednesday, 21 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

St. Matthew
Son of Alphaeus, he lived at Capenaum on Lake Genesareth. He was a Roman tax collector, a position equated with collaboration with the enemy by those from whom he collected taxes. Jesus’ contemporaries were …

The Korean Martyrs
Tuesday, 20 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Korean Martyrs

A History of Catholicism in Korea
The history of Korea’s Catholic community is unique. Here the laity began to worship as Christians before missionaries came to prostelyze. A group of Korean scholars studied the Christian faith …

Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian
Friday, 16 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian

Today is the memorial of Pope St. Cornelius and Cyprian, friends, and shepherds of a Church under persecution.
On Pope Cornelius
Reluctant 21st pope, elected after a year-and-a-half period during which the persecutions were so bad that …

John The Golden Mouth
Tuesday, 13 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
John The Golden Mouth

Benedict XVI on John Chrysostom
It is said of John Chrysostom that when he was seated upon the throne of the New Rome, that is, Constantinople, God caused him to be seen as a second Paul, …

St. Nicolas of Tolentino
Saturday, 10 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Nicolas of Tolentino

St. Nicolas appears with a star on his chest. He was born in S. Angelo in Pontano and lived for thirty years in Tolentino. He is the first great fruit of the holiness of the …

St. Peter Claver, SJ
Friday, 9 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Peter Claver, SJ

Trained in the school of Père Alfonso de Sandoval, a wonderful missionary, Peter declared himself "the slave of the negroes forever", and thenceforth his life was one that confounds egotism by its superhuman charity. Although …

St. Gregory the Great
Saturday, 3 Sep, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Gregory the Great

Life of Gregory the Great
Son of Gordianus, a Roman regionarius, and Saint Silvia of Rome. Nephew of Saint Emiliana and Saint Tarsilla. Great-grandson of Pope Saint Felix III. Educated by the finest teachers in Rome, …

The Martyrdom of John the Baptist
Monday, 29 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Martyrdom of John the Baptist

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96
Gospel Reading: Mark 6:17-29

Martyrdom of the Baptist

Saint of the Day: Martyrdom of John the Baptist
Manila Bulletin: Martyrdom of John the Baptist
WikiPedia: …

St. Monica, Housewife, Mother
Saturday, 27 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Monica, Housewife, Mother

We know her generally as the mother who suffered on account of her son. But that is only a part of the picture. She also had to bear being the wife of a husband who …

The Martyrs of Gafsa
Friday, 26 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
The Martyrs of Gafsa

Augustine had founded several monasteries in northern Africa, where numerous followers of the Augustinian ideals of monastic community life lived.
Only 34 years after the death of Augustine, in 484, King Hunmeric issued a …

St. Bartholomew a.k.a Nathanael
Wednesday, 24 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Bartholomew a.k.a Nathanael

Benedict XVI on St. Bartholomew

On October 4, 2006, Benedict XVI delivered his catechism on St. Bartholomew. The section we present here is a veritable commentary on the Gospel reading for the day.

St. Rose of Lima
Tuesday, 23 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Rose of Lima

Isabel Flores de Oliva was born in Lima, Peru on April 20 1586. Her parents were of Spanish descent and enjoyed a high standing among the newly formed hierarchy of Lima. Their social status, however, was not matched by any great wealth. Isabel, one of eleven children, began her transformation with a change of name, albeit one completely beyond her control. Her mother, along with several other family members and acquaintances, saw a rose bloom upon the face of the infant as she slept, from which day forward she was known as Rosa (Rose)…

Regina Coeli
Monday, 22 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Regina Coeli

The feast of the Queenship of Mary was instituted through the encyclical of Pius XII entitled "Ad coeli reginam" of October 1954, four years after he defined the dogma of the Assumption of Our Lady.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Saturday, 20 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Life of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Born to the French nobility; brother of Saint Humbeline. At age 22, fearing the ways of the world, he, four of his brothers, and 25 friends joined the abbey of …

St. Ezekiel Moreno
Friday, 19 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Ezekiel Moreno

Ezekiel Moreno was born in the city of Alfaro, Spain, on 9 April 1848, of poor but committed Christian parents. His early years were seemingly ordinary and uneventful ones in which Ezekiel came to be remembered as an obedient son, a loving brother, a good companion to his friends, and a diligent student. Following the example of an older brother, he entered the Recollect Congregation of the Augustinian Order in Monteagudo in 1864.

Mary Assumed into Heaven
Monday, 15 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Mary Assumed into Heaven

The young man, after hearing that he needs to sell everything he has, give the proceeds to the poor, and follow Jesus, he went away sad. Eternal life is Jesus himself. To have him in one’s heart, one must take out all other things that are already there to give him an exclusive place in it.

St. Claire of Assisi
Thursday, 11 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
St. Claire of Assisi

The Old Testament reading shows the Israelites crossing the Jordan River led by the Ark of the Covenant and its designated bearers, the Levites. Joshua, the servant of Moses, now becomes the leader of the Israelites as they begin the conquest of the Promised Land.

Lawrence the Deacon
Wednesday, 10 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
Lawrence the Deacon

Today is the Memorial of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr. The readings for this day are the same from year to year. Read this article from 2009 about the readings of the day.
If the feast …

A New Situation and a New Presence (Deuteronomy 10)
Monday, 8 Aug, 2011 – 0:00 | No Comment
A New Situation and a New Presence (Deuteronomy 10)

Today’s Readings

Reading I:  Deuteronomy 10:12-22
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 147
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 17:22-27

On Deuteronomy 10
Moses is instructed to build an ark of acacia wood and place there all the reminders of the Covenant …