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Saint Of The Day: St. Romuald – June 19.

COLLECT PRAYER




O God, who through Saint Romuald renewed the manner of life of hermits in your Church, grant that, denying ourselves and following Christ, we may merit to reach the heavenly realms on high. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
St. Romuald




St. Romuald was born in Ravenna of a noble family. Founder of the Camaldolese monks — one of the Italian branches of the Benedictines — in which the eremitical life is combined with life in community. 
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Feast Of Our Lady Of Lourdes – February 11.


COLLECT PRAYER


Grant us, O merciful God, protection in our weakness, that we, who keep the Memorial of the Immaculate Mother of God, may with the help of her intercession, rise up from our iniquities. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.



Today marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Virgin appeared eighteen times, and showed herself to St. Bernadette 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 place of pilgrimage and many cures and conversions have taken place. The message of Lourdes is a call to personal conversion, prayer, and charity.


Our Lady of Lourdes

The many miracles which have been performed through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin at Lourdes prompted the Church to institute a special commemorative feast, the “Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary.” The Office gives the historical background. Four years after the promulgation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception (1854), the Blessed Virgin appeared a number of times to a very poor and holy girl named Bernadette. The actual spot was in a grotto on the bank of the Gave River near Lourdes.

The Immaculate Conception had a youthful appearance and was clothed in a pure white gown and mantle, with an azure blue girdle. A golden rose adorned each of her bare feet. On her first apparition, February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin bade the girl make the sign of the Cross piously and say the rosary with her. Bernadette saw her take the rosary that was hanging from her arms into her hands. This was repeated in subsequent apparitions.   

With childlike simplicity Bernadette once sprinkled holy water on the vision, fearing that it was a deception of the evil spirit; but the Blessed Virgin smiled pleasantly, and her face became even more lovely. The third time Mary appeared she invited the girl to come to the grotto daily for two weeks. Now she frequently spoke to Bernadette. On one occasion she ordered her to tell the ecclesiastical authorities to build a church on the spot and to organize processions. Bernadette also was told to drink and wash at the spring still hidden under the sand.

Finally on the feast of the Annunciation, the beautiful Lady announced her name, “I am the Immaculate Conception.”

The report of cures occurring at the grotto spread quickly and the more it spread, the greater the number of Christians who visited the hallowed place. The publicity given these miraculous events on the one hand and the seeming sincerity and innocence of the girl on the other made it necessary for the bishop of Tarbes to institute a judicial inquiry. Four years later he declared the apparitions to be supernatural and permitted the public veneration of the Immaculate Conception in the grotto. Soon a chapel was erected, and since that time countless pilgrims come every year to Lourdes to fulfill promises or to beg graces.

— Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

Feast Of The Presentation Of The Lord – 2nd February.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
COLLECT PRAYER
Almighty ever-living God, we humbly implore your majesty that, just as your Only Begotten Son was presented on this day in the Temple in the substance of our flesh, so, by your grace, we may be presented to you with minds made pure. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Old Calender: Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in today’s liturgy.


The Readings
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Feast Of The Holy Family – Dec. 30

COLLECT PRAYER


O God,
who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
The Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

The devotion to the Holy Family was born in Bethlehem, together with the Baby Jesus. The shepherds went to adore the Child and, at the same time, they gave honor to His family. Later, in a similar way, the three wise men came from the East to adore and give honor to the newborn King with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh that would be safeguarded by His family.
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Feast Of St. Cecilia: Virgin, Martyr & Patroness Of Church Music – Nov. 22

​ST. CECILIA, VIRGIN, MARTYR, PATRONESS OF CHURCH MUSIC—A.D. 230.

COLLECT PRAYER


O God, who gladden us each year with the feast day of your handmaid Saint Cecilia, grant, we pray, that what has been devoutly handed down concerning her may offer us examples to imitate and proclaim the wonders worked in his servants by Christ your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Feast: November 22

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Feast Of St. Jude Thaddeus Oct. 28th

St. Jude, known as Thaddeus, was a relative of Our Saviour Jesus Christ and a brother of St. James the Less. He was one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus and attributes of his image is a club and often times a flame around his head, which represents his presence at Pentecost, when he accepted the Holy Spirit alongside the other apostles. Another attribute is St. Jude holding an image of Christ on his chest, in the Image of Edessa.
Sometimes he can also be seen holding a carpenter’s ruler or is depicted with a scroll or book, the Epistle of Jude.
Biblical scholars agree St. Jude was the son of Cleophas and his mother Mary was the Virgin Mary’s cousin. This same Mary was at Calvary with the Blessed Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross (John 19 v 25).

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St. Anthony Mary Claret – Oct.24

​Saint Anthony Mary Claret

Bishop and founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

FACTS

Confessor

Born: December 23, 1807 Sallent, Barcelona, Spain

Died: October 24, 1870 (aged 62) Fontfroide, Narbonne, France

Venerated in: Roman Catholic Church

Beatified: February 25, 1934, Rome by Pope Pius XI

Canonized: May 7, 1950, Rome by Pope Pius XII

Major shrine: Vic, Barcelona, Spain

Feast: October 24

Attributes: Bishop’s robe, crozier, an open book, catechism, 2 students beside him at his side and having his bent arm pointing to the sky

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Feast Of Pope St. John Paul II – October 22

POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II

FACTS

Papacy Began: 16 October 1978

Papacy Ended: 2 April 2005
Predecessor: John Paul I
Successor: Benedict XVI

Ordination: 1 November 1946


Personal Details

Birth Name: Karol Józef Wojtyła

Born: 18th May 1920, Wadowice, Republic of Poland

Died: 2 April 2005 (aged 84) Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

Nationality: Polish (with Vatican citizenship)

Denomination: Catholic (Latin Church)


Postions Held In Church: Auxiliary Bishop
of Kraków, Poland (1958–64), Titular Bishop of Ombi (1958–64), Archbishop of Kraków, Poland (1964–78), Cardinal-Priest of San Cesareo in Palatio (1967–78)

Motto: Totus Tuus (Totally yours)

Sainthood

Feast Day: 22 October

Venerated in: Roman Catholic Church

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Memorial Of St. Paul Of The Cross – Oct. 20

​​Saint Paul of the Cross


“The service of God does not require good words and good desires, but efficient workmanship, fervor and courage” 

~ Saint Paul of the Cross

FACTS

Confessor, Mystic

Born: 3 January 1694 Ovada, Piedmont, Duchy of Savoy (now modern-day Italy)

Died: 18 October 1775 (aged 81) Church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Rome

Venerated in: Roman Catholic Church

Beatified: 1 May 1853, Rome by Pope Pius IX

Canonized:  29 June 1867, Rome by Pope Pius IX

Major shrine: Church of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, Rome

Feast Day: 20th October 

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Paul of the Cross (Birth Name – Paolo Francesco Danei) was born on the 3rd of January 1694, in the town of Ovada, Piedmont, between Turin and Genoa in the Duchy of Savoy in northern Italy.
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Feast Of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska – Oct. 5

Early Life


Sister Faustina, Helena Kowalska the world-renowned apostle of Divine Mercy and one of the greatest mystics of the Church was born on August 25, 1905, in the village of Glogowiec, in Lodz, Poland. At her baptism, in the nearby parish church of Świnice Warckie, she was given the name Helena. During her childhood she distinguished herself by acts of devotion, her love for prayer, hard work, obedience and a tremendous sensitivity to human misery.

At the age of sixteen (16) she left her family home for the nearby city of Aleksandrów and then moved to Łódź, where she worked as a servant (house keeper) to support herself and to help her parents. During this period the desire to join a convent was gradually growing inside her. Since her parents were against it, young Helena tried to deaden God’s call.


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Feast Of St. Francis Of Assisi [O.F.M] – Oct. 4

​Saint Francis of Assisi, O.F.M.

Co-patron of Italy, founder of the Seraphic Order

Religious, deacon, confessor, stigmatist and religious founder



Facts

Born: Giovanni di Bernardone 1181 or 1182; Assisi, Duchy of Spoleto, Holy Roman Empire

Died: 3 October 1226 (aged 44) Assisi, Umbria, Papal States

Venerated in: Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, Lutheran Church, Old Catholic Church

Canonized: 16 July 1228, Assisi, Italy by Pope Gregory IX

Major shrine: Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi

Feast Day: 4th October

Attributes: Tau cross, dove, birds, animals, wolf at feet, Pax et Bonum, Poor Franciscan habit, stigmata

Patronage: animals; the environment; Italy; merchants; stowaways; Cub Scouts; San Francisco, California, Naga City, Cebu, tapestry workers
Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d’Assisi), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226) was one of seven children born in late 1181 or early 1182 to Pietro di Bernardone, a Wealthy and prosperous silk merchant, and his wife Pica de Bourlemont, about whom little is known except that she was a noble woman originally from Provence. 
His Father Pietro was in France on business when Francis was born in Assisi, and Pica, His mother, had him baptized as Giovanni. Upon his return to Assisi, Pietro took to calling his son Francesco (“the Frenchman”), possibly in honor of his commercial success and enthusiasm for all things French. Since the child was renamed in infancy, the change can hardly have had anything to do with his aptitude for learning French, as some have thought.
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Feast Of St. Vincent De Paul (Patron Of All Charities) – Sept. 27

St. Vincent De Paul, C.M         (Priest And Founder)



COLLECT PRAYER


O God, who for the relief of the poor and the formation of the clergy endowed the Priest Saint Vincent de Paul with apostolic virtues, grant, we pray, that, afire with that same spirit, we may love what he loved and put into practice what he taught. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.



Facts

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Feast Of St. Padre Pio Of Pietrelcina – Sept. 23

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (O.F.M.Cap.) 


Priest, Religious, Mystic, Stigmatist and Confessor


FACTS


Birth Name: Francesco Forgione

Born: May 25, 1887 Pietrelcina, Benevento, Italy

Died: September 23, 1968 (aged 81), San Giovanni Rotondo, Foggia, Italy

Venerated in: Catholic Church

Beatified: 2 May 1999, Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II

Canonized: 16 June 2002, Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II

Major shrine: San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy

Feast: 23 September

Attributes: Stigmata, Capuchin habit

Patronage: Civil defense volunteers, Adolescents, Pietrelcina, Stress relief, January blues.


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Padre Pio – The Man

Biography

Padre Pio was born (Birth Name – Francesco Forgione) into a religious home on May 25, 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy, a small country town located in southern Italy. His parents were Grazio Mario Forgione (1860-1946) and Maria Guiseppa de Nunzio Forgione (1859-1929). He was baptized the next day, in the nearby Castle Church, with the name of his brother, Francesco, who died in early infancy. Other children in the family were an older brother, Michele; three younger sisters: Felicita, Pellegrina and Grazia; and two children who died as infants. Pietrelcina, Italy
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Feast Of Our Lady Of Sorrows – Sept. 15



COLLECT 


Father, as your Son was raised on the cross, His Mother Mary stood by Him, sharing His sufferings. May your Church be united with Christ in His suffering and death and so come to share in His rising to new life. Looking to the example of Mary, may wetoo unite our sufferings to our Lord, facing them with courage, love, and trust.

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The Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Cross – Sept. 14

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​​COLLECT PRAYER
O God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the humanrace, grant, we pray, that we, who have known his mystery on earth, may merit the grace of his redemption in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with youin the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated every year on September 14, recalls three historical events: the finding of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the emperor Constantine; the dedication of churches built by Constantine on the site of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Calvary; and the restoration of the True Cross to Jerusalem by the emperor Heraclius II. But in a deeper sense, the feast also celebrates the Holy Cross as the instrument of our salvation. 


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Feast Of The Most HOLY Name Of MARY – Sept. 12

The Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. This feast day  was established by Pope Innocent XI upon the victory of Christian forces against the Moslems beseiging Vienna in 1683. 

The honored name of the Virgin Mary, which is said to mean “Star of the Sea,” is most fitting for the Virgin Mother. She may well be compared to a star; for, as a star beams forth its rays without any diminution of its own luster, so too the Virgin gave birth to a Son with no loss to her virginity. 

We venerate the name of Mary because it belongs to her who is the Mother of God, the holiest of creatures, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, the Mother of Mercy. 

The feast, after falling out of use after 1969, was restored to the Roman Calendar by Pope John Paul II when the third typical edition of the Missal was published in 2000.

Saint Of The Day – St. Stephen Of Hungary.

Facts

Feastday:  August 16

Patron:  of Hungary

Died:  1038
Canonized: in 1083 by Pope St. Gregory VII. 

St. Stephen the Great (977-1038), was the son of the Magyar chieftain Geza, Stephen succeeded him as leader in 997. Already raised a Christian, in 996 he wedded the daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria and devoted much of his reign to the promotion of the Christian faith. He gave his patronage to Church leaders, helped build churches, and was a proponent of the rights of the Holy See. Stephen also crushed the pagan counter reaction to Christianity, forcibly converting the so-called Black Hungarians after their failed rebellion. In recognition of his efforts, Stephen was anoited king of Hungaryi n 1000, receiving the cross and crown from Pope Sylvester II. The remainder of his reign was taken up with the consolidation of the Christian hold on the region. His crown and regalia became beloved symbols of the Hungarian nation, and Stephen was venerated as the ideal Christian king. Canonized in 1083 by Pope St. Gregory VII, he became the patron saint of Hungary.

~St. Stephen Of Hungary, Pray For Us!

Saint Of The Day – St. Lawrence (Deacon & Martyr) August 10


​COLLECT PRAYER

O God, giver of that ardor of love for you by which Saint Lawrence was outstandingly faithful in service and glorious in martyrdom, grant that we may love what he loved and put into practice what he taught. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Facts

Died: 258 AD

Patron: deacons, semininarians, Archives; armourers; brewers; butchers; Ceylon; comedians; cooks; cutlers;  glaziers; laundry workers; librarians; lumbago; paupers; poor people; restauranteurs; Rome; schoolchildren; Sri Lanka; stained glass workers; students; tanners; vine growers; vintners; wine makers.

Symbols: Dalmatic; thurible; gridiron, dish or money; palm and crucifix; censer; processional cross; cross and book of Gospels; money purse. 

Often Portrayed As: Deacon holding a gridiron; deacon holding a book; deacon holding a bag of money.

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St. Lawrence was chief among the seven deacons who served the Roman Church during the mid-third century. The young cleric held a position of great trust, caring for the goods of the Church and distributing its alms among the poor. Legendary acts tell how Lawrence was a disciple of Pope Sixtus II (257-258), who dearly loved him because of his special talents, but principally because of his innocence; in spite of his youth, the Pope numbered him among the seven deacons of Rome and raised him to the position of archdeacon. As such, Lawrence had the immediate care of the altar and was at the side of the saintly Pope whenever he offered the holy Sacrifice; to him also was confided the administration of the goods of the Church and the responsibility of caring for the poor. During the persecution of emperor Valerian (253-260), Pope Sixtus II and his four deacons were martyred. Very ardently Lawrence desired to die with his spiritual father and therefore said to him: “Father, where are you going without your son? Where are you hastening, O priest, without your deacon? Neverbefore did you offer the holy Sacrifice without assistants. In what way have I displeased you? In what way have you found me unfaithful in my office? Oh, try me again and prove to yourself whether you have chosen an unworthy minister for the service of the Church. So far you have been trusting me with distributing the Blood of the Lord.” This loving complaint of joyous self-oblation Sixtus answered with words of prophecy: “I am not forsaking you, my son; a severer trial is awaiting you for your faith in Christ. The Lord is considerate toward me because I am a weak old man. But for you a most glorious triumph is in store. Cease to weep, for already after three days you will follow me”. After these comforting words he admonished him to distribute all the remaining Church goods allocated to the poor. While Lawrence was dispersing these items in the house of a certain Narcissus, a blind man named Crescentius asked for healing help by the imposition of hands. The holy deacon made the Sign of the Cross over him and the man began to see. From his relations with Pope Sixtus, it was known that he acted as the steward over the Church’s property. He was arrested therefore and placed under the watch of a certain Hippolytus. There in prison Lawrence cured the blind Lucillus and several other blind persons; impressed thereby, Hippolytus embraced the faith and died a martyr. Ordered by the authorities to surrender the treasures of the Church, Lawrence asked for two days time during which to gather them. The request was granted and he brought together in the house of Hippolytus the poor and the sick whom he had supported. These he led to the judge. “Here are the treasures of the Church!”  Lawrence was tortured, scourged, and scorched with glowing plates.  In the midst of excruciating pain Lawrence rejoiced in his awful martyrdom and died praying for the conversion of the city of Rome, in the hope that from it the faith of Christ might spread throughout the world. He prayed thus: “Lord Jesus Christ, God from God, have mercy on Your servant!” And he besought the grace of faith for the bystanders. At a certain point the soldier Romanus exclaimed: “I see before you an incomparably beautiful youth. Hasten and baptize me.” He had observed how an angel dried the wounds of Lawrence with a linen cloth during his passion. Again during the night he was dragged before the judge and threatened with immediate death. But he replied: “My God I honor and Him alone I serve. Therefore I do not fear your torments; this night shall become as brightest day and as light without any darkness.”  When placed upon the glowing gridiron, he jested with his executioners and the cruel tyrants. “Now you may turn me over, my body is roasted enough on this side.” Shortly after this had been done, he cried again: “At last I am finished; you may now take from me and eat.”  Then turning to God in prayer he said: “I thank You, O Lord, that I am permitted to enter Your portals.” To comfort him during his torments God said to him: “My servant, do not be afraid. I am with you.” He was put to death upon the Viminal Hill and buried on the Tiburtinian Way. From that time idolatry began to decline in Rome. Such the passion and death of this Christian hero, a story that in the Roman Breviary is told by the antiphons and responsories. 

St. Lawrence This young deacon and heroic martyr is numbered among those saints who were most highly venerated by the ancient Roman Church. Next to the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, that of St. Lawrence ranked highest in the Roman sanctoral cycle. “From the rising of the sun unto its setting,” says St. Leo,”whenever the glory of Levites beams forth in splendor, Rome is deemed no less illustrious because of Lawrence than Jerusalem because of Stephen.”  Even though we have no genuine account of St. Lawrence’s martyrdom, we do possess considerable evidence from most ancient times regarding the particulars of his passion. 
Already in Constantine’s time there was erected over his grave a church that belonged to the seven major basilicas of Rome, St. Lawrence Outside the Walls. 
~St. Lawrence, Pray For Us!

Saint Of The Day – St. Dominic

​COLLECT PRAYER

May Saint Dominic come to the help of your Church by his merits and teaching, O Lord, and may he, who was an outstanding preacher of your truth, be a devoted intercessor on our behalf. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Facts

Born: 1175 Castile Spain

Founded: The Order Of Friars Preachers (Dominicans), 1215.

Died: August 6, 1221

Canonized: 1234 

Feast Day: 8th August

Patron: Astronomers; astronomy; scientists; falsely accused people.

Attributes: Rosary, Cross, Lily; book; star in forehead; pilgrim’s staff; dog holding torch; books in a fire.

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Born about 1175 in Castile (Spain), Dominic hailed from the illustrious Guzman family. First he was a canon regular at Osma; then he founded the Dominican Order, which was approved in 1216. Alongside the Franciscans, it became the most powerful Order in medieval times, giving the Church illustrious preachers — St. Vincent Ferrer, and contemplatives, Sts. Thomas of Aquinas and Pius V — and contributing immeasurably to maintaining the purity of the faith. Through the example of apostolic poverty and the preaching of the word of God the Friar Preachers were to lead men to Christ. To St. Dominic is attributed the origin and spread of the Holy Rosary.
The two contemporaries, Dominic and Francis of Asisi, effected a tremendous spiritual rejuvenation through their own spiritual personalities and through their religious foundations. Of the two, Dominic was the realist who surpassed the other intellectually and in organizational talent. His spirit of moderation, clarity of thought, and burning zeal for souls have become the heritage of the Dominican Order. Legend has contributed the following rare anecdote as preserved in the Breviary: “During pregnancy, Dominic’s mother dreamed she was carrying in her womb a little dog that held a burning torch between its teeth; and when she had given birth, it set the whole world on fire. By this dream it was made manifest beforehand how Dominic would inflame the nations to the practice of Christian virtue through the brightness of his holy example and the fiery ardor of his preaching.” 

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Mass Readings For Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene: 22nd July

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Reading 1 SGS 3:1-4b

The Bride says:
On my bed at night I sought him
whom my heart loves–
I sought him but I did not find him.
I will rise then and go about the city;
in the streets and crossings I will seek
Him whom my heart loves.
I sought him but I did not find him.
The watchmen came upon me,
as they made their rounds of the city:
Have you seen him whom my heart loves?
I had hardly left them
when I found him whom my heart loves.

OR 2 cor 5:14-17

Brothers and sisters:
The love of Christ impels us,
once we have come to the conviction that one died for all;
therefore, all have died.
He indeed died for all,
so that those who live might no longer live for themselves
but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

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