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St. Lucian, Martyr
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St. Lucian, Martyr

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ST. LUCIAN was born at Samosata in Syria. Having lost his parents in his youth, he distributed all his worldly goods, of which he inherited an abundant share, to the poor, and withdrew to Edessa, to live near a holy man named Macarius, who imbued his mind with a knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, and […]

St. Raymund of Pennafort
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St. Raymund of Pennafort

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BORN A. D. 1175, of a noble Spanish family, Raymund, at the age of twenty, taught philosophy at Barcelona with marvelous success. Ten years later his rare abilities won for him the degree of Doctor in the University of Bologna, and many high dignities. A tender devotion to our blessed Lady, which had grown up […]

The Epiphany of our Lord
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The Epiphany of our Lord

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THE word Epiphany means “manifestation.” It has passed into general acceptance throughout the universal Church from the fact that Jesus Christ manifested to the eyes of men His divine mission on this day first of all, when a miraculous star revealed His birth to the kings of the East.  In spite of the difficulties and […]

St. Andre Besette
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St. Andre Besette

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In 1845, St. Andre Besette was born in Canada, in a small town southwest of Montreal.  He was a Holy Cross Brother, who served for decades as porter (or doorman) for the college of Notre Dame in Côte-des-Neiges, Quebec.  In addition to his duties as receptionist, his tasks included washing floors and windows, cleaning lamps, […]

St. Simeon Stylites
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St. Simeon Stylites

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ONE winter’s day, about the year 401, the snow lay thick around Sisan, a little town in Cilicia. A shepherd boy, who could not lead his sheep to the fields on account of the cold, went to the church instead, and listened to the eight Beatitudes, which were read that morning. He asked how these […]

The Epiphany
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The Epiphany

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THE word Epiphany means “manifestation.” It has passed into general acceptance throughout the universal Church from the fact that Jesus Christ manifestedto the eyes of men His divine mission on this day first of all, when a miraculous star revealed His birth to the kings of the East.  In spite of the difficulties and dangers […]

The Epiphany
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The Epiphany

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Up until now, all has been quite humble. A donkey-ride to a dusty town south of Jerusalem. Hotel rooms all booked up. Giving birth in a stable and laying the baby in an animal’s feed trough instead of a cozy cradle. Into this scene of obscure poverty suddenly bursts an exotic entourage from a far-off […]

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St. Titus, Bishop

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TITUS was a convert from heathenism, a disciple of St. Paul, one of the chosen companions of the Apostles in his journey to the Council of Jerusalem, and his fellow-laborers in many apostolic missions. From the Second Epistle which St. Paul sent by the hand of Titus to the Corinthians we gain an insight into […]

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821) was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church (September 14, 1975). She established Catholic communities in Emmetsburg, Maryland, and while at Manhattan she founded the first American order of nuns, known as the Sisters […]

The Most Holy Name of Jesus
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The Most Holy Name of Jesus

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There is something about the name Jesus Something about the name Jesus. It is the sweetest name I know Oh how I love the name Jesus, Oh how I love the name Jesus It is the sweetest name I know. Old Hymn (Chorus)  

St. Genevieve, Virgin
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St. Genevieve, Virgin

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GENEVIEVE was born at Nanterre, near Paris. St. Germanus, when passing through, specially noticed a little shepherdess, and predicted her future sanctity. At seven years of age she made a vow of perpetual chastity. After the death of her parents, Paris became her abode; but she often travelled on works of mercy, which, by the […]

St. Fulgentius, Bishop
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St. Fulgentius, Bishop

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IN spite of family troubles and delicate health, Fulgentius was appointed at an early age procurator of his province at Carthage. This success, however, did not satisfy his heart. Levying the taxes proved daily more distasteful, and when he was twenty-two, St. Austin’s treatise on the Psalms decided him to enter religion. After six years […]

St. Basil the Great
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St. Basil the Great

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ST. BASIL was born in Asia Minor. Two of his brothers became bishops, and, together with his mother and sister, are honored as Saints. He studied with great success at Athens, where he formed with St. Gregory Nazianzen the most tender friendship. He then taught oratory; but dreading the honors of the world, he gave […]

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

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The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is a liturgical feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated on 1 January, the Octave Day of Christmas. In the United States this day is considered a holy day of obligation. The feast is a celebration of Mary’s motherhood of Jesus. The title “Mother of God” is a […]

The Circumcision of Our Lord
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The Circumcision of Our Lord

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CIRCUMCISION was a sacrament of the Old Law, and the first legal observance required by Almighty God of the descendants of Abraham. It was a sacrament of initiation in the service of God, and a promise and engagement to believe and act as He had revealed and directed. The law of circumcision continued in force […]

Mary, Mother of God
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Mary, Mother of God

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The mother of the messiah has been called many things in the last 2000 years –the Virgin Mary, Our Lady, the Blessed Mother. But call her “the Mother of God,” and you’ll see some Christians squirm. This is nothing new. One day in the early fifth century, a priest preached a stirring sermon in the […]

St. Sylvester I, Pope
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St. Sylvester I, Pope

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SYLVESTER was born in Rome toward the close of the third century. He was a young priest when the persecution of the Christians broke out under the tyrant Diocletian. Idols were erected at the corners of the streets, in the market-places, and over the public fountains, so that it was scarcely possible for a Christian […]

St. Sabinus, Bishop, and Companions
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St. Sabinus, Bishop, and Companions

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THE cruel edicts of Diocletian and Maximin against the Christians being published in the year 303, Sabinus, Bishop of Assisium, and several of his clergy, were apprehended and kept in custody till Venustianus, the Governor of Etruria and Umbria, came thither. Upon his arrival in that city he caused the hands of Sabinus, who had […]

Ferial Day
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Ferial Day

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St. Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr
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St. Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr

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ST. THOMAS, son of Gilbert Becket, was born in Southwark, England, in 1117. When a youth he was attached to the household of Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him to Paris and Bologna to study law. He became Archdeacon of Canterbury, then Lord High Chancellor of England; and in 1160, when Archbishop Theobald died, […]

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Jospeh
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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Jospeh

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As we follow the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, let us fix our gaze on Jesus, Mary and Joseph and adore the mystery of a God who chose to be born of a woman, the Blessed Virgin, and to enter this world in the way common to all humankind. By so doing he sanctified the […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 29, 2013
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Reflections for Sunday, December 29, 2013

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Feast of the Holy Family Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Sirach 3:2-6,12-14; Psalm 128:1-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Matthew 2:13-15,19-23) View NAB Reading at USCCB.org What it Means to “Put on Love” Put on then, as God’s chosen ones … love. (Colossians 3:12, 14)  You are about to head out the door for a family […]

The Holy Innocents, Martyrs
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The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

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HEROD, who was reigning in Judea at the time of the birth of Our Saviour, having heard that the Wise Men had come from the East to Jerusalem in search of the King of the Jews, was troubled. He called together the chief priests, and learning that Christ was to be born in Bethlehem, he […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Pope Francis: Christmas Urbi et Orbi Message

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Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours (Lk 2:14) Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the whole world, Greetings and Happy Christmas! I take up the song of the angels who appeared to the shepherds in Bethlehem on the night when Jesus was born. It is […]

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