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Ordinary Time: July 30th

Optional Memorial of St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor

St. Peter Chrysologus ("the man of golden speech") earned the title of Doctor of the Church for his eloquent sermons, of which some two hundred remain. Made Archbishop of Ravenna by miraculous intervention of St. Peter in 433, he rooted... More

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Ordinary Time: July 29th

Memorial of St. Martha, virgin

Jesus liked to stay at the house of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, his friends at Bethany, when he was in Judea. One of these visits has ever remained dear to Christian memory. On that occasion Martha, busily serving the Master, asked Him to... More

Ordinary Time: July 28th

Thursday of the Seventeenth 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 Sts. Nazarius and Celsus, first century martyrs, whose bodies were found by St. Ambrose in 395. It is also the feast of Sts.... More

Ordinary Time: July 27th

Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

St. Pantaleon, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, was a physician, who practiced without payment, and who was martyred under Diocletian. His cultus is primarily connected with Bithynia, where Emperor Justinian rebuilt his church at... More

Ordinary Time: July 26th

Memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary

It was in the home of Joachim and Ann where the Virgin Mary received her training to be the Mother of God. Thus, devotion to Ann and Joachim is an extension of the affection Christians have always professed toward our Blessed Mother. We,... More

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

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