Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Martina of Rome

The daughter of an ex-consul and left an orphan at an early age, she so openly testified to her Christian faith that she could not escape the persecutions under Alexander Severus…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Francis de Sales

Francis was beatified in 1661 and canonized 4 years later by Pope Alexander VII. In 1877, Pope Pius IX declared him a Doctor of the Church. He is patron saint of journalists because of the tracts and books he wrote…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Agnes of Rome ii

As it coincided with her “octave day” a legend grew, saying that Agnes appeared on this day to her parents praying at her tomb, surrounded by a “bevy of virgins” (Introit), resplendent with light. “On her right hand was a lamb whiter than snow: it was Christ consecrating His union with His spouse.”..

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St John Chrysostom

The holy Patriarch of Constantinople received his surname “Chrysostom (golden mouth)” because he was the most eloquent preacher and the most prolific writer of the Greek Church. He was persecuted by the empress Eudoxia and her courtiers. He died in exile A.D. 407…

Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation: January 26th On the evil of mortal sin

Meditations for every day of the year by Bishop ✠Richard Challoner

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Polycarp of Smyrna

Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, was a disciple of Saint John. He wrote to the Philippians, exhorting them to mutual love and to hatred of heresy..

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Conversion of St Paul

The great Apostle Paul, named Saul at his circumcision, was born in Tarsus, the capital of Cilicia, and was by that privilege a Roman citizen, to which quality a great distinction and several exemptions were granted by the laws of the Empire. He was early instructed in the strict observance of the Mosaic law, and lived up to it in the most scrupulous manner. In his zeal for the Jewish law, which he believed to be the divine Cause of God, he became a violent persecutor of the Christians…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Timothy of Ephesus

Saint Timothy was a convert of Saint Paul, born at Lystra in Asia Minor. His mother was a daughter of Israel, but his father was a pagan, and though Timothy had read the Scriptures from his childhood, he had never been circumcised. On the arrival of Saint Paul at Lystra the youthful Timothy, with his mother and grandmother, eagerly embraced the faith…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Espousal of the Blessed Virgin Mary with St Joseph

January 23rd is the traditional day of the feast called “The Espousal of the Virgin Mary with St Joseph.” Although never on the general Calendar, it was kept by many religious orders, especially those with a particular devotion to the Virgin Mary, and on many local calendars…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Sunday III Post Epiphany

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Sunday III Post Epiphany

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