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  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr (Gueranger)

    04/23/2018 9:06:34 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Red Double OUR RISEN LORD would have around him a bright phalanx of martyrs. Its privileged members belong to the different centuries of the Church’s existence. Its ranks open today to give welcome to a brave combatant, who won his palm not in a contest with paganism, as those did whose feasts we have thus far kept, but in defending his mother, the Church, against her own rebellious children. They were heretics that slew this day’s martyr, and the century that was honored with his triumph was the seventeenth. Fidelis was worthy of his beautiful name. Neither difficulty nor...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint George, Martyr (Gueranger)

    04/23/2018 4:46:05 AM PDT · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Red Semidouble CLAD IN HIS BRIGHT COAT of mail, mounted on his war steed, and spearing the dragon with his lance, George, the intrepid champion of our Risen Jesus, comes to gladden us today with his feast. From the East, where he is known as the great Martyr, devotion to St. George soon spread in the Western Church, and our Christian armies have always loved and honored him as one of their dearest patrons. His martyrdom took place in Paschal Time; and thus he stands before us as the guardian of the glorious sepulcher, just as Stephen, the Protomartyr,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Soter and Caius, Popes and Martyrs (Gueranger)

    04/21/2018 10:13:26 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble THE PALMS OF TWO MARTYRED POPES are intertwined and grace this day of the Calendar. Soter suffered for Christ in the second, and Caius in the third century; a hundred years separate them; and yet we have the same energy of faith, the same jealous fidelity to keep intact the depositum left by Christ to his Church. What human society ever existed that produced heroes for century after century? The Society, however, which was founded by Christ—in other words, the Church—is based on that traditional devotedness which consists in laying down one's life for the faith. And...
  • [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 Simeon, Bishop and Martyr (Gueranger)

    02/17/2018 9:04:37 PM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Red Simple HOW VENERABLE OUR SAINT of today, with his hundred and twenty years, and his episcopal dignity, and his Martyr crown! He succeeded the Apostle St. James in the See of Jerusalem; he had known Jesus, and had been his disciple; he was related to Jesus, for he was of the House of David; his father was Cleophas, and his Mother that Mary whom the tie of kindred united so closely to the Blessed Mother of God that she has been called her Sister. What grand titles these of Simeon, who comes with all our other Martyrs of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Faustinus and Jovita, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    02/14/2018 9:03:02 PM PST · by CMRosary · 3 replies
    Red Simple THE TWO BROTHERS whom we are to honor today, suffered martyrdom in the beginning of the second century, and their memory has ever been celebrated in the Church. The glory of the great ones of this world passes away, and men soon forget even their very names. Historians have oftentimes a difficulty in proving that such heroes ever existed or, if they did exist, that they flourished at such a period, or achieved anything worth notice. Brescia, the capital of one of the Italian Provinces, can scarcely mention the names of those who were its governors or...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    02/08/2018 9:00:43 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red   THE HOLY VIRGIN who this day claims the homage of our devotion and praise, is offered to us by the Church of Alexandria. Apollonia is a Martyr of Christ; her name is celebrated and honored throughout the whole world; and she comes to us on this ninth day of February, to add her own example to that which we have so recently had from her Sister Saints, Agatha and Dorothy; like them, she bids us fight courageously for heaven. To her, this present life was a thing of little value, and no sooner does she receive God’s...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Dorothy, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    02/05/2018 9:01:34 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red   TODAY AGAIN, it is one of the most amiable of Christ’s brides that comes to console us by her presence; it is Dorothy, the simple and intrepid virgin, who strews the path of her martyrdom with prodigies of sweetest charity. The religion of Christ alone can produce in timid women, like the saint of today, an energy which at times surpasses that of the most valiant martyrs among men. Thus does our Lord glorify His infinite power, by crushing Satan’s head with what is by nature so weak. The enmity put by God between the woman and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    02/04/2018 9:03:36 PM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Red Double SINCE THE COMMENCEMENT of the ecclesiastical year, we have kept the feasts of two out of the four illustrious virgins whose names are daily honored in the holy Sacrifice of the Lamb: the third comes today, lighting up the heaven of the Church with her bright soft rays. Lucy first, then Agnes, and now the gracious visit of Agatha. The fourth, Cecily, the immortal Cecily, is to be one of that magnificent constellation which gives such splendor to the closing of the year. Today, then, let us keep a feast in honor of Agatha, the virgin daughter...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Blase, Bishop and Martyr (Gueranger)

    02/02/2018 9:01:38 PM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Red Simple NOW THAT THE CHURCH has closed the joyous period of her forty days of Christmas, and is putting us through a course of meditations on subjects which are to excite a spirit of penance within us, each of the saints’ feasts must produce an impression, which shall be in accordance with that spirit. From this day till Easter, we will study the saints, as they come to us, in this special light: how much they labored and suffered during their pilgrimage of life, and what was the plan they took for conquering the world and the flesh....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Ignatius, Bishop and Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/31/2018 9:04:58 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Double TWO DAYS MORE, and the happy season of Christmas will be over! This is the vigil of its termination, and lo! there comes to gladden us one of the grandest Martyrs of the year—Ignatius surnamed the Theophorus (“he that carries God,” or “he that is carried of God”), Bishop of Antioch. A venerable tradition tells us that this old man, who so generously confessed the faith before Trajan, was the child whom Jesus took into his arms, and showed to his Disciples as a model of that simplicity which we must all have if we would enter...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Martina, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/29/2018 9:00:53 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble A THIRD ROMAN VIRGIN, wearing on her brow a Martyr’s crown, comes today to share the honors given to Agnes and Emerentiana, and offer her palm to the Lamb. Her name is Martina, which the pagans were wont to give to their daughters in honor of their god of war. Her sacred relics repose at the foot of the Capitoline hill, in the ancient temple of Mars, which has now become the beautiful Church of Saint Martina. The holy ambition to render herself worthy of Him whom she had chosen as her divine Spouse gave her courage...
  • The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas

    01/28/2018 2:42:59 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 2 replies
    We arrived at the forum, and straight away the story went about the neighbourhood near the forum and a huge crowd gathered. We walked up to the prisoner's dock. All the others when questioned admitted their guilt. Then, when it came my turn, my father appeared with my son, dragged me from the step, and said: Perform the sacrifice--have pity on your baby!' Hilarianus the governor, who had received his judicial powers as the successor of the late proconsul Minucius Timinianus, said to me: 'Have pity on your father's grey head; have pity on your infant son. Offer the sacrifice...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Gueranger)

    01/26/2018 9:28:53 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White Double BEFORE OUR EMMANUEL came upon this our earth, men were as sheep without a shepherd; the flock was scattered, and the human race was hastening on to perdition. Jesus would, therefore, not only be the Lamb that was to be slain for our sins; he made himself, moreover, a Shepherd, that so he might bring is all back to the divine fold. But a he had to leave us when he ascended into heaven, he has provided for the wants of his sheep by providing us with a succession of Pastors who should, in his name, feed...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/25/2018 9:24:26 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Double AMIDST THE SWEETNESS he is enjoying from the contemplation of the Word made Flesh, John, the Beloved Disciple, beholds coming towards him his dear Polycarp, the Angel of the Church of Smyrna, all resplendent with the glory of martyrdom. This venerable Saint has on his soul the fervent love that made him say, in the amphitheater, when asked by the Proconsul to curse his Divine Master: “Six and eighty years have I served Him, and he has never done me any wrong—nay, he has laden me with kindness. How could I blaspheme my King, who has saved...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Timothy, Bishop and Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/23/2018 9:01:48 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Double BEFORE GIVING THANKS to God for the miraculous Conversion of the Apostle of the Gentiles, the Church assembles us together for the Feast of his favorite Disciple. Timothy—the indefatigable companion of St. Paul—the friend to whom the great Apostle, a few days before shedding his blood for Christ, wrote his last Epistle—comes now to await his master’s arrival at the Crib of the Emmanuel. He there meets John the Beloved Disciple, together with whom he bore the anxieties attendant on the government of the Church of Ephesus; Stephen, too, and the other Martyrs, welcome him for he...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Raymund of Pegnafort, Confessor; and Saint Emerentiana, Martyr (Gueranger)

    01/22/2018 9:17:24 PM PST · by CMRosary
    White (for Raymund of Pegnafort; Red for Saint Emerentiana) Semidouble THE GLORIOUS CHOIR of Martyrs that stands round our Emmanuel till the day of his Presentation in the Temple opens its ranks, from time to time, to give admission to the Confessors, whom divine Providence has willed should grace the Cycle, during this sacred season. The Martyrs surpass all the other Saints in number; but still, the Confessors are well represented. After Hilary, Paul, Maurus, and Antony, comes Raymund of Pegnafort, one of the glories of the Order of St. Dominic and of the Church, in the 13th century....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Vincent and Anastasius, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    01/21/2018 10:33:23 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Red Semidouble SAINT VINCENT, DEACON AND MARTYR VINCENT, THE VICTORIOUS, vested in the sacred dalmatic and holding his palm in his hand, comes today to his Jesus’ crib and right welcome is he to Stephen, the Crowned, his leader and his brother Spain is his country. He is a Deacon of the glorious Church of Saragossa and, by the strength and warmth of his faith, he is a type of that land, which by excellence the Catholic Kingdom. But he does not belong to Spain only: like Stephen and like Laurence, Vincent is the favorite and hero of the...