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Ordinary Time: August 26th

Friday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time

Before the reform of the General Roman Calendar today was the feast of St. Zephyrinus whose long pontificate was a period marked by the persecution of Septimus Severus, the struggle against heresy and the organization of the Christian... More

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Ordinary Time: August 25th

Optional Memorials of St. Louis of France, King and St. Joseph Calasanz, priest

St. Louis IX, (1215-1270) who became King of France at the age of twelve, had been religiously brought up by his mother, Blanche of Castile. Throughout his life he remained deeply devout and as a king his conduct was that of a real saint.... More

Ordinary Time: August 24th

Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle

St. Bartholomew, a doctor in the Jewish law, was a dear friend of St. Philip the Apostle. Because Bartholomew was a man "in whom there was no guile," his mind was open to the truth. He went willingly with Philip to see Christ, and... More

Ordinary Time: August 23rd

Optional Memorial of St. Rose of Lima, virgin

The first canonized saint of the Western Hemisphere, Rose of Lima (1586-1617) might also be considered a type of the special vocation of contemplative-in-the-world. Inspired by the example of St. Catherine of Siena, Rose became a... More

Ordinary Time: August 22nd

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The faithful, under the guidance of an unerring Catholic instinct, have ever recognized the queenly dignity of the Mother of "The King of kings and Lord of lords": the Fathers, the Doctors of the Church, Popes, down through the centuries,... More

Ordinary Time: August 21st

Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" He answered them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: August 20th

Memorial of St. Bernard, abbot and doctor

St. Bernard (1090-1153) was born near Dijon and died in Clairvaux, France. He was of a noble family and received a careful education in his youth. With his father, brother and thirty noblemen he entered the Benedictine monastery of... More

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Ordinary Time: August 19th

Optional Memorial of St. John Eudes, priest

St. John Eudes (1601-1680) was born in Ri and died in Caen, France. Despite the prevailing rigors of Jansenism, he received First Communion when only a child. He studied in Paris and was ordained a priest in 1625. He soon became an... More

Ordinary Time: August 18th

Thursday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Agapitus, a martyr of Palestrina, not far from Rome. His cult, which is very ancient, was particularly popular in the... More

Ordinary Time: August 17th

Wednesday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Hyacinth, a canon of Krakow, who joined the Dominican Order in Rome during the lifetime of the founder, in about the year... More

Ordinary Time: August 16th

Optional Memorial of St. Stephen of Hungary

Vaik, son of Geza, Duke of Hungary, was baptized about 985 by St. Adalbert of Prague who gave him the name of Stephen. He was chosen by God to bring his people to the Christian faith. With the assistance of monks from Burgundy he... More