c. 1620-1679 FEAST May 9 This English Benedictine lay brother was a martyr of the Popish Plot. He professed vows in France in 1660 and was sent to London in 1665 as procurator of a small community celebrating liturgies in the chapel of Queen Catherine of Braganza. Though other monks were banished, he was allowed […]
died c. 560 FEAST May 7 French by birth, Domitian became the bishop of Maastricht, in the Netherlands, and had a prominent role at the synod of Orleans, France, which refuted heretical errors. He evangelized in the Meuse River area of Europe’s Low Countries, converting people and founding churches and hospitals. He prophesied a plentiful […]
Fourth Sunday of Easter —
First reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-4;
Second reading: 1 Peter 2:20b-25;
Gospel: John 10:1-10
The more we emphasize the uniqueness of Christianity, the less the faith speaks to the wider culture; and the more we emphasize the connection between faith and culture, the less distinctive Christianity becomes.
Should a baby born in danger of dying be baptized by a nurse and why do we genuflect using the right knee in church.
circa 400 – 449 FEAST May 5 This French aristocrat, a pagan holding high office in a local government, was converted to Catholicism by his relative, St. Honoratus, and became a monk at Lerins. An austere and strict monastic, Hilary succeeded Honoratus as bishop of Arles when he was just 29. As bishop, he preached […]
?-304 FEAST May 4 A martyr of the most violent of Roman persecutions, Florian was a Roman officer serving in Noricum, now part of Austria. Upon declaring his faith, he gave himself up to a Roman governor, was scourged, set afire and thrown in a river to drown. His body was recovered, buried and later […]
Supernatural phenomena, like the alleged miracle of the sun in Fatima, Portugal, nearly 100 years ago, are not the primary factors in determining an apparition is worthy of belief.
First Century FEAST May 3 Philip and James the Less, son of Alphaeus, are listed among the Twelve Apostles commissioned by Jesus. Philip brought Nathaniel to Christ, had a part in feeding the 5,000, and at the Last Supper, when asked to be shown the Father, was told by Christ: “Have I been with you […]
295-373 FEAST May 2 This doctor of the church, famous for his understanding of and writing about the Incarnation, became bishop of his hometown, Alexandria, Egypt, when he was in his early 30s. As metropolitan patriarch for 45 years, he fought the heresy of Arius, a well educated Alexandrian priest; ran afoul of three emperors […]
First Century FEAST May 1 Though his principal feast is March 19, St. Joseph also is honored for his labors as a carpenter in providing for his family’s needs in Nazareth. The carpentry trade in first-century Palestine covered building houses, which were mostly made of wood; by tradition, Jesus joined the family business. Throughout church […]
1504 – 1572 FEAST April 30 Antonio Ghislieri began life as a poor Italian shepherd, but became a leader in the Catholic Reformation. Ordained a Dominican in 1528, he taught theology and philosophy and served as novice master and prior. A fanatical Catholic, he was named local inquisitor, then bishop, cardinal and grand inquisitor in […]
1347-1380 FEAST April 29 Catherine was the 24th of 25 children of a Sienese dyer; her mystical experiences and raptures began at age 6. She refused to marry, and about 1367 joined the Third Order of St. Dominic. She attracted a like-minded group in Siena for prayer and good works, and devoted her last five […]