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St. Ephrem: Doctor of the Church

  June 9 is the optional memorial of St. Ephrem of Syria, deacon, Doctor of the Church, hymnographer, and theologian of the 4th century. Known as the “Harp of the Holy Spirit”, St. Ephrem was born around 306 A.D. in Nisibis, Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). He is the only Syrian Father who is honored as a Doctor of the Universal Church. Ephrem was baptized at the...

St. Norbert: Patron Saint of Peace

June 6 is the memorial of St. Norbert, a convert, priest, preacher, and reformer of the Church in the 12th century. He is the founder of the Praemonstratensians or the Norbertines and the patron saint of peace. Norbert was born around the year 1080 in Xanten, a town near the Holland-German border. He was the son of nobility. Through the influence of his family he...

St. Boniface: Apostle of Germany

June 5 is the memorial of St. Boniface, bishop and martyr. He was chosen by God to become Germany’s great apostle and patron. St. Boniface is the patron of: brewers, file cutters, and tailors. St. Boniface was born in Devonshire, England, around 680. Known as the apostle of Germany, Boniface was an English Benedictine monk who gave up being elected abbot to devote his life...

Pentecost: Birthday of the Catholic Church and a Special Anniversary

Pentecost Sunday takes place fifty days after the death and resurrection of Jesus, and ten days after his ascension into heaven. Pentecost marks the occasion of God’s sending the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples after his resurrection. On the day of Pentecost when the seven weeks of Easter had come to an end, Christ’s Passover is fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, manifested, given,...

Sts. Marcelinus and Peter, Martyrs

On June 2, we honor Sts. Marcellinus and Peter — two fourth century Roman martyrs who suffered under the Diocletian persecution. Marcellinus was a priest, Peter an exorcist. Peter was thrown into prison at Rome, under the emperor Diocletian, by the judge, Serenus, for stating that he was a Christian. While in prison, he freed Paulina, the daughter of Artemius, the prison keeper, from an...

St. Justin Martyr: Apologist and Father of the Church

Trial of Justin The Philosopher by Fra Angelico June 1st marks the feast day of St. Justin Martyr, an early Father of the Church. He was one of the first apologists for the Christian faith and has been regarded as the leading interpreter of the theory of the Logos (the Word of God) in the second century. Justin was born into a pagan family in...

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Visitation by Karl von Blaas Today’s Mass Readings Today is the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which recalls Mary’s visit with her cousin Elizabeth. This event is also the second joyful mystery of the rosary — the first being the Annunciation. Elizabeth had been barren all her life, but in the Annunciation, Mary learned that her cousin was miraculously expecting...

Saint Joan of Arc, patroness of soldiers

Joan of Arc listening to his voice by Léon-François Bénouville The saint of the day for May 30th is the courageous warrior Saint Joan of Arc, French national heroine, who was born in Domremy, France, 1412 and died in Rouen, France, 1431. At the age of 13, Joan began to hear the voices of Saints Michael the Archangel, Margaret of Antioch, and Catherine of Alexandria,...

Beautiful Prayers for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day...

St. Philip Neri: Patron Saint of Joy

May 26 is the feast of St. Philip Neri. He has a special place in my heart because he was on fire with love for the Lord and had a wonderful way of drawing others to the Faith — through his warm sense of humor and charismatic personality. He treated everyone with equal dignity and respect and dedicated himself to helping others, regardless of their...