Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Octave Day of St Stephen, Deacon & Protomartyr of the Church

Saint Stephen died, beholding his Lord standing at the right hand of God. He imitated Him in death; crying out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” He concluded on his knees, “Lord, do not impute to them this sin!” And then he fell asleep, the narrative says…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ; the Octave Day of Christmas

Circumcision was a sacrament of the Old Law, and the first legal observance required of the descendants of Abraham by Almighty God. It was a sacrament of initiation in the service of God, and a promise, an engagement, to believe and act as He had revealed and directed…

Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation: December 31st On St Sylvester

Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Sylvester, Pope

Saint Sylvester was born in Rome. When he reached the age to dispose of his fortune, he took pleasure in giving hospitality to Christians passing through the city. He would take them with him, wash their feet, serve them at table, and in sum give them in the name of Christ, all the care that the most sincere charity inspired…

Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation: December 30th On the conclusion of the year

Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Sunday in the Octave of Christmas

During the Octaves of the Epiphany, Easter and Pentecost, the Church is so absorbed in the respective mysteries that she puts off everything that could share her attention; whereas during this Octave of Christmas, there is only one day which does not celebrate the memory of some glorious Saint, and our Infant Jesus is surrounded by a choir of heroes who loved and served him…

Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation: December 29th On St Thomas of Canterbury

Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Thomas of Canterbury

When Archbishop Theobald of Canterbury died, the king insisted on the consecration of Saint Thomas in his stead. Saint Thomas at first declined, warning the king that from that hour their friendship would be threatened by his own obligations to uphold the rights of the Church against infringement by the sovereign, whose tendencies were not different from those of his predecessors. In the end he was obliged by obedience to yield…

Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation: December 28th On the Holy Innocents

Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Holy Innocents

These innocent victims were the flowers and first-fruits of the Savior’s legions of martyrs; they triumphed over the world without having ever known it or experienced its dangers…