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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

Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time; 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

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: August 17th

Saturday of the Nineteenth 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

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Ordinary Time: August 16th

Friday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time; 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

Ordinary Time: August 15th

Solemnity of the Assumption

On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the dogma of the Assumption. Thus he solemnly proclaimed that the belief whereby the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the close of her earthly life, was taken up, body and soul, into the glory of heaven,... More

Ordinary Time: August 14th

Memorial of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr

Maximilian Mary Kolbe was born in Poland. He consecrated himself to the Lord in the Franciscan Order. Filled with love for the Virgin, he founded the Militia of the Immaculate Mary and, with his preaching and writing, undertook an intense... More

Ordinary Time: August 13th

Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of Saints Pontian, pope and martyr and Hippolytus, priest and martyr

St. Pontian (Pontianus) was a victim of the persecution of Alexander Severus, who directed his attention particularly against the leaders of the Church. St. Pontian governed the Church from 230 to 235. He was exiled to the mines of... More

Ordinary Time: August 12th

Monday of the Nineteenth Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of St. Jane Frances de Chantal, religious (USA)

St. Jane was a married woman and a mother of seven children from Dijon, France. Her husband was killed in a hunting accident. In 1604, upon being deeply moved by the preaching of Francis de Sales, Jane asked him to become her spiritual... More

Ordinary Time: August 11th

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible... More

Sunday: a day of rest.

Ordinary Time: August 10th

Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr

Lawrence was chief among the seven deacons who served the Roman Church during the mid-third century. The young cleric held a position of great trust, caring for the goods of the Church and distributing its alms among the poor. He was... More

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