January 28. St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas was born of noble parents at Aquino, in Italy, 1226 AD. At the age of nineteen he received the Dominican habit at Naples, where he was studying. Seized by his brothers on his way to Paris, he suffered a two years’ captivity in their castle of Rocca-Secca; but neither the caresses of his … Continue

January 27. St. John Chrysostom

  St. John was born at Antioch, in 344. In order to break with a world which admired and courted him, he in 374 retired for six years to a neighboring mountain. Having thus acquired the art of Christian silence, he returned to Antioch, and there labored as priest, until he was ordained Bishop of … Continue

On Right Sentiment in the Church

Portrait of St. Ignatius of Loyola

by St. Ignatius of Loyola Let the following Rules be observed. First Rule:  All judgment laid aside, we ought to have our mind ready and prompt to obey, in all, the true Spouse of Christ our Lord, which is our holy Mother the Church Hierarchical. Second Rule:  To praise confession to a Priest, and the reception … Continue

January 26. St. Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr

St. Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, was a disciple of St. John. He wrote to the Philippians, exhorting them to mutual love and to hatred of heresy. When the apostate Marcion met St. Polycarp at Rome, he asked the aged saint if he knew him. “Yes,” St. Polycarp answered, “I know you for the firstborn of … Continue

January 25. The Conversion of St. Paul

The great Apostle Paul, named Saul at his circumcision, was born at Tarsus, the capital of Cilicia, and was by privilege a Roman citizen, to which quality a great distinction and several exemptions were granted by the laws of the empire. He was early instructed in the strict observance of the Mosaic law, and lived … Continue

January 23. St. Raymund of Pennafort

Born 1175 AD, of a Spanish noble family, Raymund, at the age of twenty, taught philosophy at Barcelona with marvellous success. Ten years later, his rare abilities won for him the degree of Doctor in the University of Bologna, and many high dignities. A tender devotion to our Blessed Lady, which had grown up with … Continue

January 22. St Vincent, Martyr

St. Vincent was archdeacon of the church at Saragossa. Valerian, the bishop, had an impediment in his speech; thus Vincent preached in his stead and answered in his name when both were brought before Dacian the president, during the persecution of Diocletian. When the bishop was sent into banishment, Vincent remained to suffer and to … Continue