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February 2019

St. Silvin of Auchy

February 17

Born of a considerable family in the territory of Toulouse, St. Silvin passed his first years at the court of two successive kings, Childeric II and Theodoric III. Everything was ready for his marriage when powerfully touched by divine grace he renounced all worldly prospects and retired from court. After several devout penitential pilgrimages to…

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St. Simeon

February 18

St. Simeon was the son of Cleophas, otherwise called Alpheus, brother to St. Joseph and of Mary, sister of the Blessed Virgin. He was therefore nephew both to St. Joseph and to the Blessed Virgin, and cousin to Christ. Simeon and Simon are the same name, and this saint is, according to the best interpreters…

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St. Barbatus

February 19

St. Barbatus received a Christian education and took holy orders as soon as the canons of the church allowed it. He was immediately employed by his bishop in preaching for which he had an extraordinary talent and some time afterwards made curate of St. Basil’s in Morcona, a town near Benevento. His parishioners desired only…

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St. Mildred

February 20

Daughter of Domneva and Merwald, a son of king Penda, St. Mildred was consecrated first abbess of Minstre and at the same time received to the habit seventy young women. With humility, St. Mildred behaved as the servant of her sisters and conducted them to virtue by the authority of her example for all were…

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Ss. Daniel and Verda

February 21

In the year 344, Daniel a priest and Verda a virgin were apprehended in the province of the Razicheans, in Persia, by an order of the governor and put to all manner of torments for three months, almost without intermission. Among other tortures, their feet being bored through, were put into frozen water for five…

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Chair of St. Peter

February 22

To honor the dignity of the Prince to whom Jesus committed the power of the keys, the Church instituted the feast of the Chair of St. Peter which is found in the Roman calendar at this date since the year 354. Celebration of St. Peter’s Chair means veneration, in the person of Peter, of God’s…

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St. Peter Damian

February 23

A man of vehemence in all his actions, St. Peter Damian, brought up in the hard school of poverty, found that he had the vocation of a reformer. He exercised it in the first place against himself as one of the hermits of Fontavellana in about 1035; but he did not remain for long hidden…

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St. Matthias

February 24

The Epistle of today gives an account of the election of St. Matthias as it has been preserved for us in the Acts of the Apostles. He had been one of the disciples during the whole of our Lord’s public life and like the others, was a witness of His resurrection. He it was who…

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St. Caesarius

February 25

A physician and brother of St. Gregory Nazianzen, St. Caesarius studied in Alexandria with incredible success and became the first man of his age in medicine. He perfected himself in this profession at Constantinople. He was singularly honored by Julian the Apostate, nominated his first physician and excepted in several edicts which that prince published…

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St. Victor

February 26

St. Victor became a priest but the love of heavenly contemplation being always the prevalent inclination in his soul he preferred close retirement to the mixed life of the care of souls. God glorified him by many miracles. St. Bernard says about him: “Now placed in heaven, he beholds God clearly revealed to him, swallowed…

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