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Dom Prosper Gueranger on the laxities in his time on fasting & penance

“It is sad and humiliating to note that as laxities were introduced by the hierarchy and local churches into the laws of fasting and practices of severe penance, the members of the Church have suffered immeasurable spiritual loss – a loss of at least part of the rigor of those sacred times set apart to […]

St Agnes – 21 January

Collect Almighty, eternal God, You Who choose the weak things of the world to confound the strong, mercifully grant that we who are celebrating the feast of blessed Agnes, Your Virgin and Martyr, may reap the benefit of her patronal intercession with You. Secret Graciously accept, O Lord, the sacrificial gifts we offer You and […]

St Stephen -December 26th

December 26—ST. STEPHEN, First Martyr THERE is good reason to believe that St. Stephen was one of the seventy-two disciples of our blessed Lord. After the Ascension he was chosen one of the seven deacons. The ministry of the seven was very fruitful; but Stephen especially, “full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and […]

Discourse on the Immaculate Conception of Mary by St Alphonsus

From the book “Glories of Mary” by St Alphonsus How befitting it was to all Three of the Divine Persons that Mary should be preserved from original sin. THE ruin was great which accursed sin brought upon Adam and the whole human race; for when he unhappily lost grace, he at the same time lost […]

December 4—ST. BARBARA, Virgin, Martyr

  December 4.—ST. BARBARA, Virgin, Martyr. ST. BARBARA was brought up a heathen. A tyrannical father, Dioscorus, had kept her jealously secluded in a lonely tower which he had built for the purpose. Here in her forced solitude, she gave herself to prayer and study, and contrived to receive instruction and Baptism by stealth from […]

December 4 — St. Peter Chrysologus

Introit Eccli 15:5. In médio Ecclésiæ apéruit os eius: et implévit eum Dóminus spíritu sapiéntiæ et intelléctus: stolam glóriæ índuit eum Ps 91:2. Bonum est confitéri Dómino: et psállere nómini tuo, Altíssime. In the midst of the assembly he opened his mouth; and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding; He […]

December 2—ST. BIBIANA, Virgin, Martyr

Introit Ps 118:95-96 Me exspectavérunt peccatóres, ut pérderent me: testimónia tua, Dómine, intelléxi: omnis consummatiónis vidi finem: latum mandátum tuum nimis. Ps 118:1 Beáti immaculáti in via: qui ámbulant in lege Dómini. V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto. R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculórum. Amen Sinners […]

December 1 —ST. ELIGIUS

Introit Ier 29:11; 29:12; 29:14 Dicit Dóminus: Ego cógito cogitatiónes pacis, et non afflictiónis: invocábitis me, et ego exáudiam vos: et redúcam captivitátem vestram de cunctis locis. The Lord says: “I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction. You shall call upon Me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your […]