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February 2019

St. Romuald

February 7

St. Romuald of the family of the dukes of Ravenna was brought up in the maxims of the world. In softness and the love of pleasure, he grew every day more and more enslaved to his passions: yet he often made a resolution of undertaking something remarkable for the honor of God. His father, Sergius,…

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St. John of Matha

February 8

From Provence, St. John of Matha was ordained priest in Paris and retired to a solitary life conscious that God was calling him to a special mission. He spent three years in prayer and recollection and then founded the Trinitarian Order for the ransom of Christians held by the Mohammedans. A great number of houses…

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St. Cyril of Alexandria

February 9

Patriarch of Alexandria, St. Cyril, one of the metropolitan sees of the Christian Church in the East, was one of the great defenders of the faith against the heresy of Nestorius who denied the oneness of person in Jesus Christ. At the Council of Ephesus in 431, over which he presided in the Pope’s name,…

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St. Scholastica

February 10

The sister of St. Benedict, St. Scholastica consecrated herself to God as a virgin and lived not far from the monastery of Monte Cassino founded by her brother. In one of their annual visits together, St. Benedict refused to prolong the spiritual conversation which each year he allowed his sister in spite of St. Scholastica’s…

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Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11

Between February 11 and July 16, 1858 the Blessed Virgin appeared eighteen times and showed herself to St. Bernadette Soubirous in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes. On March 25 she said to the little shepherdess who was only fourteen years of age: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Since then, Lourdes has become a…

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Seven Holy Founders of the Servites

February 12

Today the liturgy honors seven noble Florentines who in the thirteenth century, at a time when Florence and all Italy was torn by civil strife, banded together to found, not far from Florence on Monte Senario, the Order of Servites or Servants of Mary, especially dedicated to penance and meditation on the sorrows of our…

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St. Catharine De Ricci

February 13

Raised by her godmother after her mother’s death, St. Catharine was placed in a convent of Monticelli near the gates of Florence where her aunt, Louisa de Ricci was a nun. After some years her father took her home but the interruptions and dissipation gave her so much uneasiness that at age 14, with the…

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St. Valentine

February 14

Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who on finding it impossible to make him renounce his faith commanded him to be beaten with clubs and…

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Ss. Faustinus and Jovita

February 15

Faustinus and Jovita were brothers and zealous professors of the Christian religion which they preached without fear in their city of Brescia while the bishop of that place lay concealed during the persecution.  We can affirm with certainty that their remarkable zeal excited the fury of the heathens against them, and procured them a glorious…

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St. Onesimus

February 16

A Phrygian by birth, slave to Philemon and a person of note in the city of Colossae, Onesimus, having robbed his master, in his escape, providentially met St. Paul in his flight. In Rome St. Paul converted and baptized him and sent him with his canonical letter of recommendation to Philemon, by whom he was…

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