The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist πŸ—“

John the Baptist is the only saint in the calendar (apart from St Joseph) who has two feasts to himself. One, in August, celebrates his death, and one, in June, celebrates his birth. And this is as it should be, for as Christ himself said, John was the greatest of the sons of men. The …


July 22, 2017

Saint Augustine, Bishop, Doctor πŸ—“

St Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430) was born in Thagaste in Africa of a Berber family. He was brought up a Christian but left the Church and embraced the Manichaean heresy, later seeing how nonsensical it was and becoming a Neoplatonist instead. He led a wild and dissolute youth. He took a concubine by …


Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle πŸ—“

Saint Bartholomew, Apostle, was born at Cana and brought by the Apostle Philip to meet Jesus. Nothing further is known for certain. Eusebius speaks of him in India, but the Roman Martyrology has him martyred in Armenia, skinned alive according to the Persian custom. Because his relics were enshrined on the island in the Tiber …


Our Lady, Mother and Queen πŸ—“

Christ the King crowned his Mother as Queen of Heaven: come, let us adore him.


Saint Pius X, Pope πŸ—“

Pope St Pius X (1835 – 1914) was born in the village of Riese, near Venice, one of ten children of a very poor family. He was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 23. He was successively bishop of Mantua and of Venice, and was elected Pope, against his wishes, in 1903. In …


Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary πŸ—“

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 August; also called in old liturgical books Pausatio, Nativitas (for heaven), Mors, Depositio, Dormitio S. Mariae. This feast has a double object: (1) the happy departure of Mary from this life; (2) the assumption of her body into heaven. It is the principal feast …


Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest, Martyr πŸ—“

St Maximilian Kolbe (1894 – 1941) was born on 8 January 1894 in occupied Poland: he joined the Franciscans in LwΓ³w in 1910, and was ordained eight years later, as his country became free and independent for the first time in over 120 years. He believed that the world was passing through a time of …


Saint Clare, Virgin πŸ—“

Saint Clare (1193/4 – 1253) was born at Assisi and came under the influence of Saint Francis. She left home at the age of 18 and, under Francis’s guidance, began a community that grew to become the order of the Poor Clares (she was later joined both by her sister and by her widowed mother). …


Saint Laurence, Deacon, Martyr πŸ—“

St Laurence ( – 258) was one of the seven deacons of the Church of Rome and was executed on 10th August 258, four days after Sixtus II and his companions. By now, few of the facts of his life are known for certain: he was probably a Spaniard from Toledo. A basilica was built …


Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Virgin, Martyr πŸ—“

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891 – 1942) was born into a practising Jewish family. She had a distinguished career as a philosopher and received a doctorate at the University of Freiburg, but her academic career was impeded because she was a woman. Reading the autobiography of Saint Teresa of Ávila brought about her …


 

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