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September 2018

St. Matthew

September 21
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At the time that Jesus summoned him to follow Him, Matthew was a publican, that is, a tax-gatherer for the Romans. His profession was hateful to the Jews because it reminded them of their subjection; the publican, also, was regarded by the Pharisees as the typical sinner. Jesus let none of this stand in His…

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St. Thomas of Villanova

September 22
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St. Thomas, who was born in Spain in 1488, joined the Hermits of St. Augustine at Salamanca. He it was who, as Provincial of Andalusia and Castille, sent out the first missionaries to Mexico. After refusing the archbishopric of Granada he was forced to accept that of Valencia. The Church honors him especially for his…

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St. Linus

September 23
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All the ancient lists of the bishops of Rome name St. Linus as the immediate successor of St. Peter in the government of the Church (67-76) and he is mentioned after the apostles in the Canon of the Mass. It is possible that he might be called a martyr on account of his sufferings for…

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Our Lady of Ransom

September 24
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The Order of Our Lady of Ransom, known first under the name of the Order of St. Eulalia for the ransom of captives, was established in the thirteenth century. Its aim was to redeem the Christian prisoners of the Mohammedans. In the fifteenth century its foundation was attributed to St. Peter Nolasco and St. Raymund…

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Blessed Francis Mary of Camporosso

September 25
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Born in the village of Camporosso in the diocese of Ventimiglia, Blessed Francis Mary showed great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary from his early youth. As a young man, he went to Mass every morning, and then began his work as a herdsman. He spent any time left over saying his prayers, or teaching…

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Saint Cyprian and Justina

September 26
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Saint Cyprian surnamed the Magician was a native of Antioch. His pagan parents devoted him to the devil and he was brought up in the impious mysteries of idolatry. His skill was employed in tempting the modesty of virgins but he found Christian women proof against his assaults and spells. There lived at Antioch a…

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Ss. Cosmas and Damian

September 27
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These two Martyrs were first venerated in the East for the innumerable miracles at their tomb at Cyr (in North Syria) where they were martyred during the Diocletian persecution. Their cultus in Rome goes back to the sixth century. On the Thursday of the third week of Lent, when the station is held at their…

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St. Wenceslaus

September 28
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Duke of Bohemia, St. Wenceslaus was born about the year 907 and was eighteen years old when he succeeded his father. Without regard for the opposition which he aroused, he did all in his power to hasten the conversion of his country, which was still pagan, helping the German missionaries, himself giving an example of…

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Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel

September 29
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This feast commemorates the dedication of the ancient and venerable sanctuary under his patronage on the outskirts of Rome, seven miles from the city on the Salarian way. The Mass now appointed for the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost was composed for the occasion; today’s has much in common with that of the Guardian Angels, the…

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St. Jerome

September 30
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St. Jerome was born about the year 340 at Stridon in Dalmatia (modern Yugoslavia). His parents sent him to Rome for his education where he was baptized in about his twentieth year by Pope Liberius. A period spent at Trier brought him into contact with the monastic life; he encountered it again at Aquileia, and…

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