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Ordinary Time: July 25th

Feast of St. James, apostle

St. James, known as the Greater, in order to distinguish him from the other Apostle St. James, our Lord's cousin, was St. John's brother. With Peter and John he was one of the witnesses of the Transfiguration, as later he was also of the... More

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Ordinary Time: July 24th

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

"And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened (Luke... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: July 23rd

Optional Memorial of St. Bridget, religious

Patron saint of Sweden, Bridget married a young prince and lived happily with him for 28 years, bearing him eight children. St. Catherine of Sweden was their daughter. After her husband died, Bridget founded the Order of the Most Holy... More

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Ordinary Time: July 22nd

Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene wasted the great beauty that God had given her in a life of sin, but one day she saw Christ and was touched by grace. On the day of our Lord's crucifixion, she stood with the Mother of Jesus at the foot of the cross. At... More

Ordinary Time: July 21st

Optional Memorial of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, priest and doctor

St. Lawrence, the first Capuchin Franciscan to be honored as a Doctor, was born in 1559 at Brindisi, a town located on the Adriatic coast of the heel of Italy. Educated from his youth by the Conventual Franciscan Friars, he acquired great... More

Ordinary Time: July 20th

Optional Memorial of St. Apollinaris, bishop and martyr

Early accounts report that Saint Apollinaris was ordained Bishop by Saint Peter himself and sent as a missionary bishop to Ravenna during the reign of the emperor Claudius. Renowned for his powers to heal in the name of Christ, he was... More

Ordinary Time: July 19th

Tuesday of the Sixteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Historically today is the feast of the holy abbot Arsenius. Before he left the world and retired into the desert, he led an innocent and saintly life at the court of Theodosius the Great, who had entrusted him with the care of the... More

Ordinary Time: July 18th

Optional Memorial of St. Camillus de Lellis (USA)

St. Camillus, entirely without means of existence and from his early youth suffering from an incurable wound in his foot, experienced the horrors of the Roman hospitals in the sixteenth century in which the nursing and other staff were... More

Ordinary Time: July 17th

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Lord said to her in reply, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her (Luke 10:41-42)." More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: July 16th

Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Sacred Scripture celebrated the beauty of Carmel where the prophet Elijah defended the purity of Israel's faith in the living God. In the twelfth century, hermits withdrew to that mountain and later founded the Carmelite order devoted to... More

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Ordinary Time: July 15th

Memorial of St. Bonaventure, bishop and doctor

St. Bonaventure was born in Italy in 1221. He joined the Franciscan Order and went to Paris for his studies. He was made General of his Order and deserves to be reckoned its second founder for his work in consolidating an institution that... More