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Ordinary Time: August 8th

Memorial of St. Dominic, priest

At the end of the twelfth century the Church in France was ravaged by the Albigensian heresy, a doctrine which was not only entirely unchristian but which, in addition, constituted a social evil. Effective measures were required to be... More

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Ordinary Time: August 7th

Friday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of Sts. Sixtus II, pope and martyr and companions, martyrs and Optional Memorial of St. Cajetan, priest

With the future Pope Paul IV, St. Cajetan founded the first congregation of Clerks Regular, a new form of institute which corresponded with the needs of the time. Trust in God was its principal rule; its members were forbidden to ask for... More

Ordinary Time: August 6th

Feast of the Transfiguration

This feast became widespread in the West in the 11th century and was introduced into the Roman calendar in 1457 to commemorate the victory over Islam in Belgrade. Before that, the Transfiguration of the Lord was celebrated in the Syrian,... More

Ordinary Time: August 5th

Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of the Dedication of St. Mary Major

We celebrate today the dedication of one of the four most illustrious churches of Rome. While each diocese and parish keeps its own dedication anniversary, the Church universal commemorates the consecration of the four great Roman... More

Ordinary Time: August 4th

Memorial of St. John Vianney, priest; Blessed Frédéric Janssoone OFM (Canada)

St. John Baptist Mary Vianney (1786-1859) was born in Dardilly and died in Ars, France. Although his talents were limited and his education meager, he was ordained a priest in 1815. After three years at Ecully, he was appointed parish... More

Ordinary Time: August 3rd

Monday of the Eighteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Historically today is the feast of the Finding of the Body of St. Stephen, the first martyr. His body was discovered in 415 just outside Jerusalem. It was translated to Constantinople in 439 by the Empress Eudoxia, but part of the remains... More

Ordinary Time: August 2nd

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

But they said to him, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have here." Then he said, "Bring them here to me," and He ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He said... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: August 1st

Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop & doctor

St. Alphonsus de Liguori was a great preacher of the Gospel to the poor. His charity and apostolic spirit led him to found the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer to carry on this work. He sent his Redemptorists, as our Lord did the... More

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Ordinary Time: July 31st

Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest

In the year 1521 a cannon ball fractured the left leg of Captain Ignatius Loyola, the future founder of the Jesuits. While he was convalescing, Ignatius read about Christ and His saints and thus turned wholly to God. He then undertook to... More

Ordinary Time: July 30th

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor; Bl. Solanus Casey, priest

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

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