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  • Mr. Kendrick Castillo: Better to Die a Young Man of Honor than Live to Old Age as...

    05/10/2019 11:45:29 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 22 replies
    Barnhardt Blog ^ | May 10, A.D. 2019 | Ann Barnhardt
    Yes, thanks and honor to the man who demonstrated manly and courteous sacrifice in this sad incident. His courage inspired others to step forward as well and lives were spared. Hail, Mr. Castillo!
  • [Cath Caucus] Saints Jonas, Barachisius, and Their Companions, Martyrs

    03/29/2019 3:49:37 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe
    CatholicSaints.Info ^ | AD 1866 | Father Alban Butler
    A.D. 327. King Sapor, in the eighteenth year of his reign, raised a bloody persecution against the Christians, and demolished their churches and monasteries. Jonas and Barachisius, two brothers of the city Beth-Asa, hearing that several Christians lay under sentence of death at Hubaham, went thither to encourage and serve them. Nine of that number received the crown of martyrdom. After their execution, Jonas and Barachisius were apprehended for having exhorted them to die. The president mildly entreated the two brothers to obey the king of kings, meaning the king of Persia, and to worship the sun, moon, fire, and...
  • Saint Polycarp's dialogue with the Roman Proconsul Statius Quadratus

    02/23/2019 9:39:22 AM PST · by Antoninus · 21 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 11/30/16 | Florentius
    Saint Polycarp was bishop of Smyrna in Asia Minor in the second century AD. A disciple of Saint John the Evangelist, Polycarp died martyr in AD 155 or 156 for refusing to renounce Christianity. His martyrdom was marked by various miraculous prodigies, but foremost among them, perhaps, is the incredible fortitude of the man--who was at least 86 at the time of his trial--and his willingness to speak the truth to power even with the threat of immediate death hanging over his head. Here is an excerpt from the account of his martyrdom, recorded by Saint Irenaeus, in which Polycarp...
  • Saint Flavian and the Robber Council of Ephesus

    02/18/2019 9:35:26 AM PST · by Antoninus · 8 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 2/18/2017 | Florentius
    The feast day of Saint Flavian, martyr, falls on February 18. Flavian was archbishop of Constantinople from AD 446 through 449. Though he lived long after the traditional age of Christian martyrs, Flavian is nonetheless accounted one of their number, though he was slain by men calling themselves Christians--indeed, he died either during or in the immediate aftermath of a Church Council. As one of the principle parties at the so-called Robber Council of Ephesus, Flavian found himself on the wrong side of the powerful Patriarch of Alexandria, Dioscorus, and a veritable army of monks led by the Syrian archimandrite,...
  • Glittering with the Indescribable Brightness of the Sun: St Polyeuctus and his temple in Byzantium

    02/13/2019 10:15:52 AM PST · by Antoninus · 4 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 2/13/19 | Florentius
    February 13 is the feast day of yet another victim of the persecution of Decius, Saint Polyeuctus of Melitene in Roman Armenia. Though practically unknown today, Polyeuctus was renowned in antiquity as a soldier-martyr. An epitome of his acts was recorded by Symeon Metaphrastes in the 10th century, though it is likely that Symeon was working from a much older tradition. Indeed, Polyeuctus was revered in antiquity from at least the time of the Empress Eudocia (mid 5th century AD) who built a shrine dedicated to him in Constantinople. Here is an English translation of Metaphrastes’s acts of Saint Polyeuctos...
  • Cath Cauc: Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament

    01/21/2019 4:45:23 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | January 21, 2019 | Fr. L. Demets, FSSP, 2006
    Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament Louis XVI, King, Martyr: a Catholic going to death and His Last Will and Testament Procession to eternity On January 20, 1793, the National Convention condemned Louis XVI to death, his execution scheduled for the next day. Louis spent that evening saying goodbye to his wife and children. The following day, January 21, dawned cold and wet. Louis arose at five. At eight o'clock a guard of 1,200 horsemen arrived to escort the former king on a two-hour carriage ride to his place of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr (Gueranger)

    11/13/2018 9:01:29 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Double JOSAPHAT KUNCEWICZ, contemporary with St. Francis de Sales and St. Vincent de Paul, might have been taken for a Greek monk of the eleventh century, or an ascetic of the Thebaid. A stranger to the intellectual culture of the West, he knew only the liturgical books and sacred texts used in his own church; as a priest, an archimandrite, a reformer of his order of St. Basil, and lastly as Archbishop, he combated all his life against the consequences of the schism of Photius, and closed the struggle by culling the palm of martyrdom. Yet all this...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Martin I, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    11/12/2018 5:50:43 AM PST · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Demidouble WHILE THE CONCOURSE OF PILGRIMS to the sepulchre of the Bishop of Tours induced his third successor Perpetuus to raise over his precious remains the basilicas, in which so many prodigies were to be wrought all through the middle ages, Rome herself was dedicating to St. Martin one of her noblest churches, uniting with him as joint titular her own illustrious Pontiff and Confessor Sylvester. Adorned with this twofold glory, St. Martin-on-the-hill worthily inaugurated in the eternal City the cultus of Confessors side by side with that of the Martyrs. But another honor awaited the venerable sanctuary....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Evaristus, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    10/25/2018 9:08:50 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 2 replies
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Simple THE BELOVED DISCIPLE had just received the long-promised visit of our Lord inviting him to heaven when the Church, under Evaristus, completed the drawing up of the itinerary for her long pilgrimage to the end of time. The blessed period of the apostolic times was definitively closed, but the eternal City continued to augment her treasure of glory. Under this pontificate the virgin Domitilla, by her martyrdom, cemented the foundations of the new Jerusalem with the old. Then Ignatius of Antioch brought to the “Church that presides in charity” the testimony of his death; he was the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Chrysanthus and Daria, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    10/24/2018 9:04:31 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Simple CHRYSANTHUS WAS UNITED, in his confession of our Lord, with her whom he had won to Christianity and to the love of the angelic virtue. Our forefathers had a great veneration for these two martyrs who, having lived together in holy virginity, were together buried alive in a sand pit at Rome for refusing to honor the false gods. Dying like the seed in the earth, they yielded the fruit of martyrdom. On the anniversary day of their triumph, numbers of the faithful had gathered in the catacomb on the Salarian Way for the liturgical Synaxis, when...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Callixtus I, Pope and Martyr (Gueranger)

    10/13/2018 9:07:14 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Double HE WAS A SIGN OF CONTRADICTION in Israel. In his own time, Christians were ranged either around him or against him. The trouble excited by his mere name sixteen hundred years ago was renewed in the middle of the nineteenth century by the discovery of a famous book, which gave an occasion to the sectaries of our own days to stand with those of old against Callixtus and the Church. The book, entitled Philosophumena or refutation of heresies, was composed in the third century; it represented Callixtus, whose life and character were painted in the darkest colors,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Dionysius, Bishop/Martyr; Ss Rusticus and Eleutherius, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    10/08/2018 9:01:46 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    White (for St. Dionysius), Red (for St. Rusticus) Double USHERED IN BY BRIDGET the northern prophetess, Dionysius appears as the brightest star in that constellation of mystics, which illumines the close of the cycle with the first glimmers of eternal union. Soon we shall salute Teresa of Jesus, and her guide Peter of Alcantara; while from the shades of his Obscure night, John of the cross will rise in glory next month near to the great St. Gertrude. The Man-God began to do and to teach, gave us first example then doctrine; so too the Church, in her liturgical...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Placid and His Companions, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    10/04/2018 9:05:06 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Simple THE PROTOMARTYR OF THE BENEDICTINE ORDER stands before us today in his strength and his beauty. The empire had fallen, and the yoke of the Arian Goths lay heavy upon Italy. Rome was no longer in the hands of the glorious races, which had made her greatness; these, nevertheless, kept up their honorable traditions. They offered a great lesson for future times of revolution to other descendants of not less noble families: in lieu of the ensign of civic honor once committed to their fathers, the survivors of the old patrician ranks made it their duty to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Wenceslas, Duke and Martyr (Gueranger)

    09/27/2018 9:02:07 PM PDT · by CMRosary · 4 replies
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Semidouble WENCESLAS RECALLS TO US the entrance into the Church of a warlike nation, the Czechs, the most indomitable of the Slavonic tribes, which had penetrated into the very midst of Germany. It is well known with what bitterness and active energy this nation upholds its social claims, as though its struggle for existence in the early days of its history had made it proof against every trial. The faith of its apostles and martyrs, the Roman faith, will be the safeguard as it is the bond of union of the countries subject to the crown of St....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    09/26/2018 9:01:33 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Semidouble Honor the physician for the need thou hast of him: for the most High hath created him. For all healing is from God, and he shall receive gifts of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head, and in the sight of great men he shall be praised. The most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them. Was not bitter water made sweet with wood? The virtue of these things is come to the knowledge of hem, and the most High hath given knowledge...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Cyprian, Martyr; and Saint Justina, Virgin and Martyr (Gueranger)

    09/25/2018 9:01:36 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Simple “WHOSOEVER YE BE that are seduced by the mysteries of the demons, none of you can equal the zeal I once had for these false gods, nor my researches into their secrets, nor the vain power they had communicated to me, to me Cyprian, who from my infancy was given up to the service of the dragon in the citadel of Minerva. Learn from me the deceitfulness of their illusions. A virgin has proved to me that their power is but smoke. The king of the demons was arrested at the door of a mere child, and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Linus, Pope/Martyr; Commemoration of Saint Thecla, Virgin/Martyr (Gueranger)

    09/22/2018 9:04:27 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Semidouble THE LIVES OF THE FIRST VICARS OF CHRIST are buried in a mysterious obscurity; just as the foundations of a monument built to defy the ravages of time are concealed from view. To be the supports of the everlasting Church is a sufficient glory: sufficient to justify our confidence in them, and to awaken our gratitude. Let us leave the learned to discuss certain points in the following short Legend; as for ourselves, we will rejoice with the Church on this feast, and pay our loving veneration to the humble and gentle Pontiff, who was the first...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Eustace and His Companions, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    09/19/2018 9:02:19 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Double THE TWENTIETH OF SEPTEMBER marks one of the saddest events in history. At the height of her power, in the glorious days of Pepin and Charlemagne, the eldest daughter of the Church had crowned her mother; and the Church, in the person of her Head, reigned in reality, as well as by right until, a thousand years later, Satan took advantage of the fallen state of France, to despoil Peter of the patrimony which ensured his independence. The holy Cross is still shedding its rays upon us! Today a group of martyrs, and this time a whole...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Januarius, Bishop and Martyr; and His Companions, Martyrs (Gueranger)

    09/18/2018 9:02:41 PM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Double JANUARIUS IS EVER PREACHING the Gospel to every creature; for his miraculous blood perpetuates the testimony he bore to Christ. Let those who say they cannot believe unless they see, go to Naples; there they will behold the martyr’s blood, when placed near his head which was cut off seventeen hundred years ago, to liquefy and boil as at the moment it escaped from his sacred veins. No; miracles are not lacking in the Church at the present day. True, God cannot subject himself to the fanciful requirements of those proud men who would dictate to him...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saint Cornelius, Pope and Martyr; and Saint Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr (Gueranger)

    09/16/2018 12:01:47 AM PDT · by CMRosary
    Clutching My Rosary ^ | 1868 | Dom Prosper Gueranger
    Red Semidouble THERE IS A PECULIAR BEAUTY in the meeting of these two Saints upon the sacred Cycle. Cyprian, in a famous dispute, was once opposed to the Apostolic See: Eternal Wisdom now offers to the homage of the world, in company with one of the most illustrious successors of St. Peter. Cornelius was, by birth, of the highest nobility; witness his tomb, lately discovered in the family crypt, surrounded by the most honorable names in the patrician ranks. The elevation of a descendant of the Scipios to the sovereign Pontificate linked the past grandeurs of Rome to her...