St. Justin Martyr

Today, we celebrate the memorial of St. Justin (the) Martyr. St. Justin was a classically educated man who lived in the 2nd century of the Christian era – the generation after the Apostles. He converted to Christianity and put his classical learning to work for the defense of the Catholic faith. He wrote two famous “apologies” or defenses of the Catholic faith, one addressed to the Roman emperor and the other to the Roman Senate. He wrote a “hortatory address” to the Greeks, urging them to convert to Christianity. Lastly, and most importantly (I think), he wrote a work titled … Continue

Memorial of St. John Bosco (Jan. 31)

On Monday, January 31, we celebrate the memory of St. John Bosco, a saint very important to Catholic teachers and students. If you’re praying the Liturgy of the Hours, please be sure to print a copy of the Weekly Guide, which provides the page numbers needed to celebrate the memorial. Two films have been made which treat the life of St. John Bosco. I recommend that in which Ben Gazzara plays John Bosco–it’s one of my favorite saint movies. Watch Don Bosco God bless,Mr. William C. Michael, HeadmasterClassical Liberal Arts Academy

Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas (Jan. 28)

Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Angelic Doctor” of the Catholic Church and, by far, the most important saint in our work in the Classical Liberal Arts Academy. If you’re praying the Liturgy of the Hours, you can find the Proper of Saints for St. Thomas Aquinas on page 1075. Butler’s Lives of the Saints provides us with the following information on the life of St. Thomas: St. Thomas was born of noble parents at Aquino in Italy, in 1226. At the age of nineteen he received the Dominican habit at Naples, where he was studying. … Continue

St. Wolstan (January 19)

From early youth Wolstan he loved purity, and on one occasion, believing himself to have offended by watching a woman dancing, he withdrew into a thicket and, lying prostrate, bewailed his fault with such sorrow that henceforth he had such constant watchfulness over his senses that he was nevermore troubled with the like temptations. He made his studies in the Benedictine monastery of Evesham and afterwards at Peterborough, and put himself under the direction of Brihtheah, Bishop of Worcester, by whom he was advanced to the priesthood. Having been distracted while celebrating Mass by the smell of meat roasting in … Continue

St. William, Archbishop of Bourges (Jan. 10)

On January 10, we honor the life of St. William, the Archbishop of Bourges. The following biography is taken from the complete edition of Butler’s Lives of the Saints. William de Donjeon, belonging to an illustrious family of Nevers, was educated by his uncle, Peter, Archdeacon of Soissons, and he was early made canon, first of Soissons and afterwards of Paris but he soon took the resolution of abandoning the world altogether, and retired into the solitude of Grandmont Abbey, where he lived with great regularity in that austere order, till, seeing its peace disturbed by a contest which arose … Continue

Memorial of St. John of the Cross

St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) was born and nurtured in poverty, and chose it also for his portion. Unable to learn a trade, he became the servant of the poor in the hospital of Medina, while still pursuing his sacred studies. In 1563, being then twenty-one, he humbly offered himself as a lay-brother to the Carmelite friars, who, however, knowing his talents, had him ordained priest. He would now have exchanged to the severe Carthusian Order, had not St. Teresa of Avila, with the instinct of a Saint, persuaded him to remain and help her in the reform of … Continue

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