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  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    04/20/2018 9:06:33 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Double A MONK, A BISHOP, a Doctor of the Church—such was the Saint whose feast comes to gladden us on this twenty-first day of April. He was a martyr, also, at least in desire, and we may add, in merit too—for he did enough to earn the glorious palm. When we think of Anselm, we picture to ourselves a man in whom are combined the humility and meekness of the cloister with the zeal and courage of the episcopal dignity; a man who was both a sage and a saint; a man whom it was impossible not to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Anicetus, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    04/16/2018 9:05:10 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Red Simple A POPE AND MARTYR of the second century appears in the Calendar today. The martyrs stand in clusters near our Risen Lord; they are the Eagles of which he speaks in his Gospel, as gathering together around their longed-for object. Anicetus is not the only Pope whose martyrdom has to be celebrated during Paschal Time; others will come, adding to our Easter joy. The Saint who claims our attention today is one of those whose holy actions are shrouded in the venerable gloom of the Church; and yet his memory will be held in veneration to the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Justin, Martyr (Gueranger)

    04/13/2018 9:01:51 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    Red Double YESTERDAY Spain sent one of her princes to represent her at the court of the Conqueror of Death. Today Christ receives with equal honor the representative of learning in the service of religion. The philosopher's mantle worn by Justin is as splendid as the royal purple of Hermenegild, for both prince and philosopher have washed their robes in their own blood, mingled with that of the Lamb, and these robes have become the insignia of their eternal glory. But the victory of Christ's champions is not felt in heaven only—the blood of the martyrs makes the very...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Hermenegild, Martyr (Gueranger)

    04/12/2018 9:04:24 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble IT IS THROUGH a Martyr’s palm-branch that we must today see the Paschal Mystery. Hermenegild, a young Visigoth Prince, is put to death by his heretical father because he courageously refused to receive his Easter Communion from an Arian Bishop. The Martyr knew that the Eucharist is the sacred symbol of Catholic unity; and that we are not allowed to approach the Holy Table in company with them that are not in the true Church. A sacrilegious consecration gives heretics the real possession of the Divine Mystery, if the priestly character be in him who dares to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    04/10/2018 9:14:49 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    White Double ONE OF THE GRANDEST SAINTS in the Church’s Calendar is brought before us today. Leo, the Pontiff and Doctor, rises on the Paschal horizon, and calls for our admiration and love. As his name implies, he is the Lion of holy Church; thus representing, in his own person, one of the most glorious of our Lord’s titles. There have been twelve Popes who have had this name, and five of the number are enrolled in the catalogue of Saints; but not one of them has so honored the name as he whose feast we keep today: hence,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Vincent Ferrer, Confessor (Gueranger)

    04/04/2018 9:09:02 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Double TODAY AGAIN, it is Catholic Spain that offers one of her Sons to the Church, that she may present him to the Christian world as a model and a patron. Vincent Ferrer, or as he was called, the Angel of the Judgment, comes to us proclaiming the near approach of the Judge of the living and the dead. During his lifetime, he traversed almost every country of Europe, preaching this terrible truth; and the people of those times went from his sermons striking their breasts, crying out to God to have mercy upon them—in a word, converted....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    04/03/2018 9:36:11 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Double THE CHURCH PRESENTS TO US TODAY, for our devout admiration, the memory of the one of the holiest of her Bishops—Isidore, the Bishop of Seville, the most learned man of his age, and what is a still greater praise, the most zealous patriot and friend of his noble country. Let us study his virtues and confide in his patronage: both will help us to fervor during this holy season. Among Christian lands, there is one that has gained for herself the glorious name of the Catholic Kingdom. Towards the close of the 7th century, Divine Providence subjected...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Francis of Paula, Confessor (Gueranger)

    04/02/2018 4:44:20 AM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Double THE FOUNDER OF A RELIGIOUS ORDER, whose distinguishing characteristics were humility and penance, comes before us today: it is Francis of Paula. Let us study his virtues and beg his intercession. His whole life was one of great innocence; and yet we find him embracing, from his earliest youth, mortifications which nowadays would not be expected from the very worst sinners. How was it that he could do so much? and we, who have so often sinned, do so little? The claims of Divine Justice are as strong now as ever they were; for God never changes,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John Capistran, Confessor (Gueranger)

    03/27/2018 9:05:55 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Semidouble THE NEARER THE CHURCH approaches to the end of her earthly existence, the more she seems to love to enrich her cycle with feasts that recall the glorious past. Indeed, one of the objects of sacred Liturgy is to keep before our minds all that God has done for us. Remember the days of old: think upon every generation, said God to His people in the alliance of Sinai. It was a law in Jacob that the fathers should hand on these traditions to their children, who were in their turn to transmit them to their descendants....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John Damascene, Confessor and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    03/26/2018 9:03:29 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Double THE FAITHFUL HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN that on the first Sunday of Lent the Greeks keep one of their greatest solemnities, that of Orthodoxy. History proves that the Church of Constantinople, the new Rome, did not share the indefectibility of that of the old Rome, for it passed through a cycle of heresies on the dogma of the Incarnation. It rejected successively the consubstantiality of the Word, the unity of Person in Jesus Christ, and the integrity of His two natures. It seemed as though were were nothing left for heretical emperors and patriarchs to deny. Yet there...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Gabriel, the Archangel (Gueranger)

    03/23/2018 9:09:05 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    White Greater Double SO FAR IN THE CHURCH’S CALENDAR, we have not met with any feast in honor of the holy angels. Amidst the ineffable joys of Christmas night, we mingled our timid but glad voices with the hymns of these heavenly spirits, who sang around the crib of our Emmanuel. The very recollection brings joy to our hearts, saddened as they now are by penitential feelings and by the near approach of the mournful anniversary of our Jesus’ death. Let us, for a moment, interrupt our sadness, and keep the feast of the Archangel Gabriel. Later on, we...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Benedict, Abbot (Gueranger)

    03/20/2018 9:01:56 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Greater Double FORTY DAYS AFTER the white dove of Cassino had mounted to heaven, Benedict, her glorious Brother, ascended by a bright path to the blissful abode where they were to be united forever. Both of them reached the heavenly country during that portion of the year which corresponds with the holy Season of Lent. It frequently happens, however, that St. Scholastica’s feast is kept before Lent has begun; whereas St. Benedict’s day, the twenty-first of March, always comes during the Season of Penance. God, who is the Sovereign Master of time, willed that the Faithful, while practicing...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin (Gueranger)

    03/19/2018 4:36:32 AM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    White Double of the First Class YESTERDAY, IT WAS THE BRIGHT ARCHANGEL that visited us; today it is Joseph, the Spouse of Mary, the Foster-Father of the Son of God, that comes to cheer us by his dear presence. In a few days hence, the august mystery of the Incarnation will demand our fervent adorations: who, after the Angel of Annunciation, could better prepare us for the grand Feast, than he that was both the confidant and faithful guardian of the divine secret? The Son of God, when about to descend upon this earth to assume our human nature,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    03/17/2018 9:22:37 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Double IT WAS RIGHT that the Church should honor, during these days devoted to the instruction of catechumens, the Pontiff whose very name suggests the zeal and knowledge which pastors ought to show in preparing candidates for baptism. He has long had a place in the Martyrology of the Western Church, but today, in addition to expressing our gratitude for what he did fifteen hundred years ago, we ask him for aid, which is as necessary now as it was in the first ages of Christianity. It is true that baptism is now administered to infants. The gift...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, Bishop and Confessor (Gueranger)

    03/16/2018 9:03:51 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 5 replies
    White Double THE SAINT WE HAVE TO HONOR TODAY is the Apostle of that faithful people whose martyrdom has lasted three hundred years—it is the great St. Patrick, he that gave Erin the Faith. There shone most brightly in this Saint that gift of the Apostolate, which Christ has left to his Church, and which is to remain with her to the end of time. The Ambassadors of Missioners, sent by our Lord to preach his Gospel, are of two classes. There are some who have been entrusted with a small tract of the Gentile world; they had to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    03/11/2018 9:04:23 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    White Double AMONG ALL THE PASTORS whom our Lord Jesus Christ has placed as his Vice-regents over the universal Church, there is not one whose merits and renown have surpassed those of the holy Pope whose feast we keep today. His name is Gregory, which signifies watchfulness; his surname is the Great, and he was in possession of that title when God sent the Seventh Gregory, the glorious Hildebrand, to govern his Church. In recounting the glorious of this illustrious Pontiff, it is but natural we should begin with his zeal for the Services of the Church. The Roman...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Begin Novena in Honor of St. Joseph, Spouse of Our Lady

    NOVENA IN HONOR OF ST. JOSEPH, SPOUSE OF OUR LADY (Beginning March 10) From Rev. F.X. Lasance’s “Prayer-Book For Religious,” 1914, Benziger Brothers. (Piux IX, by a rescript of the S.C. of Indulgences, Nov. 28, 1876, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite heart, devoutly make at any time during the year a novena in honor of St. Joseph, spouse of Mary most holy, with any formula of prayer, provided it be approved by competent ecclesiastical authority, an indulgence of three hundred days, once a day; a plenary indulgence, during the course of the novena, if, being truly...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Frances of Rome, Widow (Gueranger)

    03/08/2018 9:00:44 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double THE PERIOD INTERVENING between the Purification of our blessed Lady and Ash Wednesday (when it occurs at its latest date) gives us thirty-six days; and these offer us feasts of every order of saint. The apostles have given us St. Mathias, and St. Peter’s Chair at Antioch; the martyrs have sent us, from their countless choir, Simeon, Blase, Valentine, Faustinus and Jovita, Perpetua and Felicitas, and the forty soldiers of Sebaste, whose feast is kept tomorrow; the holy pontiffs have been represented by Andrew Corsini, and Peter Damnian, who, like Thomas of Aquin, is one of the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John of God, Confessor (Gueranger)

    03/07/2018 9:00:48 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double THIS DAY LAST MONTH we were keeping the feast of St. John of Matha, whose characteristic virtue was charity; our Saint of today was like him: love for his neighbor led him to devote himself to the service of them that most needed help. Both are examples to us of what is a principal duty of this present Season: they are models of Fraternal Charity. They teach us this great lesson—that our love of God is false, if our hearts are not disposed to show mercy to our neighbor, and help him in his necessities and troubles....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Thomas of Aquin, Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    03/06/2018 9:03:13 PM PST · by CMRosary · 5 replies
    White Double THE SAINT we are to honor today is one of the sublimest and most lucid interpreters of Divine Truth. He rose up in the Church many centuries after the Apostolic Age, nay, long after the four great Latin Doctors, Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome, and Gregory. The Church, the ever young and joyful Mother, is justly proud of her Thomas, and has honored him with the splendid title of The Angelical Doctor on account of the extraordinary gift of understanding wherewith God had blessed him; just as his cotemporary and friend, St. Bonaventure, has been called the Seraphic Doctor...