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Saint Paul Miki and companions, martyrs

The saints of the day for February 6 are Saint Paul Miki and companions, martyrs. These twenty-six martyrs are sometimes called the martyrs of Nagasaki and the martyrs of Japan. St. Francis Xavier brought the Good News of Christianity to Japan in 1549. Many received the Word and were baptized by St. Francis himself. Although Francis moved on and eventually died near the shores of...

Stirring Slumbering Souls: A Book Review

Stirring Slumbering Souls by Mr. Michael Seagriff, O.P. is a collection of 250 Eucharistic reflections designed to “set hearts, minds, and souls aflame with love and reverence” for Christ in the Eucharist. He shares quotes from the spiritual giants of our time, some of which include: St. Padre Pio, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Pope St. John Paul II, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Teresa...

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord: Candlemas

On February 2, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today’s liturgy. The Feast of the Presentation, often called Candlemas, commemorates the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the presentation of Christ in the...

Saint Aldegundis: Patroness of Breast Cancer

Today is the feast of Saint Aldegundis (also known as Aldegonde, or Orgonne), a Frankish Benedictine abbess, monastic founder, and visionary. She is also the patroness of breast cancer. Born at Hainauit, Belgium in 633, she was a member of the royal family of the Merovingians and was raised by two saints: St. Walbert (Count of Guînes) and St. Bertila, her parents. The family resided...

St. Marianne Cope: Patroness of Outcasts

January 23 is the feast of St. Marianne Cope (1838-1918), a Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, who was canonized on October 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North America to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. St. Marianne Cope is the patroness of lepers, outcasts, those with HIV/AIDS, and Hawaii. Marianne was one of ten children born...

Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 22 is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the day established by the Church as a day of penance, prayer and fasting for the sin of abortion. This day is formally named as the  Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 is to be observed as a particular day...

Venerable Pauline Marie Jaricot: Founder

On January 9, we remember Venerable Pauline Marie Jaricot, a French lay woman who founded the Association for the Propagation of the Faith, which later became the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Born into a very pious and wealthy family in Lyons, France in 1799, Pauline developed into a deep, thoughtful girl during her teen years through tragedy. First, a serious fall caused...

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3: 16 – 17 On January 8, the Church celebrates the...

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Wife, Mother, Widow, Sister

January 4th is the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a single woman, a wife, a mother, a widow, a lay woman and a religious Sister. She was the foundress of the first American Catholic parish school, the first American community of women religious (the Sisters of Charity), and the first American orphanage. This first native-born American saint was born on August 28, 1774 in...