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May 2022

Ss. Philip and James, Apostles

May 11, 2022
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The feasts of the Apostles throughout the year were formerly all holidays. That of SS. Philip and James celebrates the solemn translation of their relics to the church of the Holy Apostles at Rome, which is dedicated to them, and where they still rest. The station is made there on all the Ember Fridays and…

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Ss. Nereus, Achilleus and Pancras, Martyrs and St. Domitilla, Virgin

May 12, 2022
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The holy martyrs venerated today have in common the place of their cultus which is the catacomb of Domitilla, well known to pilgrims in Rome. Nereus and Achilleus, two Roman soldiers were converts; they were beheaded for their faith and their bodies rest in a basilica which may be as early as the fourth century.…

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St. Robert Bellarmine

May 13, 2022
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A member of the Society of Jesus, St. Robert Bellarmine was a professor of theology and preacher at Louvain (1569-76), he taught controversial theology at Rome, where he was St. Aloysius Gonzaga’s confessor. Sixtus V sent him on a diplomatic mission to France; he became provincial of the Jesuits at Naples, and was made a…

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St. Boniface, Martyr

May 14, 2022
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Today the Roman liturgy celebrates the feast of a martyr of Tarsus whose relics were taken to Rome at an early date. St. Boniface was a steward of a very wealthy and beautiful lady, Aglae. Together these two were involved in criminal activities but one day Aglae said to Boniface, “I have heard that they…

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St. John Baptist de la Salle

May 15, 2022
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St. John Baptist de la Salle belonged to a great family at Rheims. He became a priest and canon of the diocese of Paris, but renounced his canonry to devote himself to educating poor children. He founded a new religious Congregation, the Brothers of the Christian Schools, which soon spread throughout the world. The Brothers…

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St. Ubaldus

May 16, 2022
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Bishop of Gubbio, his native city, St. Ubaldus is remembered in central Italy as a bishop who was entirely devoted to the duties of his office. He led a life of exceptional austerity. The saint often defended his flock in public dangers. Hearing one day that a sedition was raised in one of the streets,…

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St. Paschal of Babylon

May 17, 2022
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St. Paschal, a poor shepherd boy of Aragon, at the age of twenty-four entered the Order of Discalced Franciscans as a lay brother where he became a model of austerity, obedience and absolute poverty. His meditation on the things of God was so profound that he was often in ecstasy; he had a great devotion…

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St. Venantius

May 18, 2022
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A Dalmatian bishop, St. Venantius made a glorious confession of his faith and after suffering many torments was beheaded in the persecution of Decius in 250, at Camerino of Ancona in Italy. He is patron of Camerino in the Roman Marches.

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St. Peter Celestine

May 19, 2022
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St. Peter Celestine was Pope only for a few months. He was about seventy when he was dragged from his monastic solitude and made to accept the heavy charge of head of the Church; the Holy See had been vacant for twenty-seven months; he could not refuse. But a few months later he voluntarily resigned…

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St. Bernardine of Siena

May 20, 2022
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Born in 1380, St. Bernardine of Siena at an early age left the world in order to lead a hermit’s life; then, at the age of twenty-two, he entered the Franciscan Order, one of whose glories he is. Having been made General of the Order, he resigned this charge in order to devote himself to…

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