St. Rose of Lima-23rd August

SAINT ROSE OF LIMA, VIRGIN—1617  Feast Universal Calendar 23rd August  in Peru: August 30th Rose of Lima has a special claim on our interest for she has the honor of being the first person born in the Western Hemisphere to be canonized by the Church. Only a little more than half a century before her [...]

Queenship of Mary 22nd August

Queenship of Mary Lived: | Feast Day: Monday, August 22, 2016 Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all [...]

Pope St. Pius X-21st August

  Lived: (1835-1914) | Feast Day: Sunday, August 21, 2016 Pope Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially by children. The second of 10 children in a poor Italian family, Joseph Sarto became Pius X at 68, one of the 20th century’s greatest popes. Ever [...]

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux-20th August

The Cistercians Saint Bernard of Clairvaux  1090-1153 by M. Basil Pennington OCSO The Young Abbot Bernard, the founding abbot of Clairvaux Abbey in Burgundy, was one of the most commanding Church leaders in the first half of the twelfth century as well as one of the greatest spiritual masters of all times and the most [...]

St. John Eudes-19th August

St. John Eudes Friday, August 19, 2016 Lived(1601-1680) | Feast Day: Friday, August 19, 2016 How little we know where God’s grace will lead. Born on a farm in northern France, John died at 79 in the next “county” or department. In that time he was a religious, a parish missionary, founder of two religious [...]

 St. Louis of Toulouse-18th August

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA   Bishop, d. 1297 Bishop of Toulouse, generally represented vested in pontifical garments and holding a book and a crosier, b. atBrignoles, Provence, Feb., 1274; d. there, 19 Aug., 1297. He was the second son of Charles II of Anjou, called the Lame, King of Naples (1288-1309), and nephew of St. Louis IX [...]

Saint of the day 16th August

SAINT STEPHEN CONFESSOR, KING OF HUNGARY—975-1038 Feast: September 2 Coming from the east under a chief called Arpad, a fierce, marauding people called Magyars invaded and conquered the central part of the Danube valley during the last years of the ninth century. King Stephen was of this race. The Magyars first learned of Christianity on [...]

Celtic -St. Drithelm-17th August

St. Drithelm of Melrose, Hermit Born in Northumbria, England; died c. 700. Terrified by a vision of hell, recorded by the Venerable Bede, Saint Drithelm embraced the eremitical life in a cell under the direction of Melrose (Maelros) Abbey, Scotland (Benedictines). _ _ _ At the very end of the sixth century, there lived a [...]