St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621). Born in Montepulciano, Tuscany, he became a Jesuit priest and taught in the Collegio Romano, the Roman seminary. He was created a cardinal, and also Bishop of Capua. He was of great assistance to the various Roman Congregations by solving many difficult questions which arose concerning the faith.
Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian. Cornelius was ordained Bishop of Rome in 251 where he laboured to overcome the Novatian schism. With the help of Cyprian, he was able to enforce his authority until he was exiled by order of the Emperor Gallus until he died in Civitavecchia in 253. His body was brought to Rome […]
Our Lady of Sorrows. Coming hard on the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, this feast reminds us that Our Lady had to suffer so many sorrows in her life, having been warned by the holy old man Simeon when she presented her Son in the Temple, that one day a sword of sorrow […]
The Exaltation of the Cross. The cross, seen as a sign of torture and death, by the merits of Christ has become a saving symbol. Tradition has it that when St. Helen was seeking to find the true cross, the wood of one particular cross was touched to someone, and the person was cured of […]
St. John Chrysostom (349-407). Born at Antioch, after a brilliant course of studies, he led a life of austerity. Ordained priest, he became Bishop of Constantinople and showed himself to be a true pastor by striving to reform the morals both of his clergy and the people. He incurred the hatred of the Imperial Court, […]
The birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Traditionally celebrated as her birthday, although, obviously no documents or birthday cards are extant! Feast day of Our Lady’s High School.
Gregory the Great (540-604). Born in Rome, he entered public service and became a Prefect of the City. Afterwards, he entered a monastery , was ordained deacon and served as a papal legate. In 590, he became pope, and showed himself a true pastor by his care for the poor and in spreading and consolidating the […]
The Beheading of John the Baptist. While King Herod was both afraid of John and at the same time greatly respected him, he came under the spell of his wife (whom John had told him he wasn’t allowed to marry, because she was his brother’s widow). An opportunity arose when he daughter, Salome, danced in […]
St. Augustine (354-430). Son of the above, he led an unsettled, wayward life both in the philosophy he professed and in his moral behaviour. In 387, he was converted and baptised by the Bishop of Milan, Saint Ambrose. Elected Bishop of Hippo, he became an exemplary one, teaching his flock through sermons and writings, many […]
St. Monica (331-387). Born at Thagaste in Africa, she married a pagan, Patricius, and bore him several children, one of whom was (saint) Augustine, who went completely off the rails in his life. She payed unceasingly for his conversion, and eventually saw her wishes granted. A truly outstanding example of Christian motherhood, she died and […]