Painting of a Hungarian Nobleman by Mihály Kovács.

Painting of a Hungarian Nobleman by Mihály Kovács

A brave Hungarian Count, by name Péter Szapáry, was taken prisoner by the Turks, brought to the city of Ofen, and dragged before Hamsa-Bey.

The cruel Turk rejoiced to see his dreaded enemy at length in his power; he loaded him with insult, condemned him to receive a hundred blows on the soles of his feet, then to be chained hand and foot, and to be cast into prison. It was a dark and loathsome dungeon. The prisoner’s bed was only moldy straw; his food was so wretched that he was soon reduced to the point of death.

But the cruel Pasha did not want him to die. He desired first only to torture his prisoner, and then to receive a heavy ransom for him. He ordered the prisoner to be cared for till he was restored to health, then to be sent to work in the kitchen.

DungeonOne day Hamsa-Bey asked him in mockery how he felt. Szapáry did not answer him a word, but bore this insult without any signs of anger. At this the Pasha was so enraged that he ordered the brave nobleman to be harnessed to a plough, and to till a neighboring field with another unhappy Catholic, exposed to the strokes of the lash and the jeers of the populace.

Finally, after three long years of cruel martyrdom, Szapáry was given in exchange for a wealthy Turk, who had been taken prisoner by the Hungarians. Szapáry returned home in a most pitiable condition; he was worn to a skeleton, and scarcely able to stand. It was a long time before he was completely restored to health.

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Some years after this, it happened that the city of Ofen was captured by the Catholics, and the cruel Hamsa-Bey taken prisoner. The Duke of Lorraine gave him into the hands of Szapáry, to do with him whatever he thought proper. A servant of Szapáry went in haste to the Turk to announce to him the fact. Soon after Szapáry went to the prison in person to visit his cruel enemy.

“Dost thou know me?” he asked. “I am Szapáry.”

“I know it,” answered the Turk sullenly; “now is your time for vengeance.”

“Very well,” answered Szapáry; “I shall take it, but it shall be the Catholics revenge. I now restore you to freedom unconditionally and without ransom.”

The Turk smiled with contempt; he did not believe such noble conduct possible.

The Count's pardon to the Turk“I am a Catholic,” continued Szapáry; “my religion commands me to forgive my enemies, and to return good for evil.”

He then ordered the chains of his enemy to be struck off, and his liberty to be restored to him, for the sake of Him Who was nailed to the cross.

The hardened Turk was completely overcome by such generosity. He fell in agony at the feet of Szapáry. “Your kindness comes too late,” he shrieked. “I have taken poison to escape the tortures which I expected. I now curse myself and my cruelty towards you, and I crave your forgiveness. I wish at least to die a Catholic, since the Catholic religion teaches so sublime a virtue.”

Skilful physicians were speedily called in, but it was too late. Hamsa-Bey was dying; but before he died he was baptized, and Szapáry was his Godfather.

 

The Catechism In Examples Vol. II By the Rev. D. Chisholm Pg. 275-277.
Short Stories on Honor, Chivalry, and the World of Nobility—no. 475

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According to the Royal Forums:

Prince Jean d’Orléans, the Duke of Vendome today celebrates his fiftieth birthday. He is the second son of Henri, Count of Paris, the Orléanist claimant to the defunct throne of France, and his first wife, Duchess Marie Thérèse of Württemberg.

Jean…married Philomena de Tornos y Steinhart on May 2, 2009. The couple has three children: Gaston, Antoinette and Louise-Marguerite.

In 2006, Jean was named as the Dauphin of France by his father, a title which is given to the heir to the French throne. This bypasses Jean’s elder brother, who is mentally disabled.

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4: The Law of Movement

May 21, 2015

Edmund Rawson and his youngest daughter Dorothy.

Edmund Rawson and his youngest daughter Dorothy.

The variety of movements that God has placed in the Universe is gradual and harmonic, as are the gradations of hierarchy. This harmony of movement is an element of perfection in Creation.

Winston Churchill, aged 7, in Dublin, Ireland.

Winston Churchill, aged 7, in Dublin, Ireland.

Let’s reflect upon how life unfolds in a just man. The man is born, blossoms in adolescence with a movement rich in harmony, and nobly becomes mature; he grows old with dignity and, when God summons his soul, it is like a precious fruit being harvested, only to be born into Heaven. This trajectory is beautiful.

If one was offended by such things, these libertarians preached, that was the problem of the offended person, not the offender.

What does the revolutionary spirit want? It wants that men be children until the day of their death.

What does the revolutionary spirit want? It wants that men be children until the day of their death. Whether well-off or not, all should appear to have the same young age.
The Revolution does not tolerate the Divine plan, which establishes inequality between the ages. Meanwhile, when it is obliged to recognize that it exists, which after all cannot be denied, it seeks to do it with colossal brutality, ignoring the gradations between the ages and despising old age as being worthless, since it produces nothing!

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O Universo é uma Catedral: Excertos do pensamento de Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira recolhidos por Leo Daniele, Edições Brasil de Amanhã, São Paulo, 1997

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1: The Laws Of Variety

2: The Law of Contrast

3: The Law of Gradation

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St. Ivo of Chartres

(YVO, YVES).

St. IvoOne of the most notable bishops of France at the time of the Investiture struggles and the most important canonist before Gratian in the Occident, born of a noble family about 1040; died in 1116.

From the neighbourhood of Beauvais, his native country, he went for his studies first to Paris and thence to the Abbey of Bee in Normandy, at the same time as Anselm of Canterbury, to attend the lectures given by Lanfranc. About 1080 he became, at the desire of his bishop, prior of the canons of St-Quentin at Beauvais…

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St. John Baptist de Rossi

(De Rubeis).

St. John Baptist de RossiBorn at Voltaggio in the Diocese of Genoa, 22 February, 1698; died at Rome, 23 May, 1764; feast on 23 May. His parents, Charles de Rossi and Frances Anfossi, were not rich in earthly goods, but had solid piety and the esteem of their fellow-citizens. Of their four children, John excelled in gentleness and piety. At the age of ten he was taken to Genoa by friends for his education. There he received new…

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Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet

Fr. Pierre-Jean De Smet

Missionary among the North American Indians, born at Termonde (Dendermonde), Belgium, 30 Jan., 1801; died at St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., 23 May, 1873. He emigrated to the United States in 1821 through a desire for missionary labours, and entered the Jesuit novitiate at Whitemarsh, Maryland. In 1823, however, at the suggestion of the United States Government a new Jesuit establishment was determined on and located at Florissant near St. Louis, Missouri, for work among the Indians. De Smet was among the pioneers and thus became one of the founders of the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus…

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Bl. Hermann Joseph

Premonstratensian monk and mystic; born at Cologne about 1150; died at Hoven, 7 April, 1241.

Statue of Bl. Hermann Joseph presenting an apple to the Infant Jesus.  Statue is atop a fountain in Waidmarkt, Köln. Photo taken by © Raimond Spekking.

Statue of Bl. Hermann Joseph presenting an apple to the Infant Jesus. Statue is atop a fountain in Waidmarkt, Köln.  Photo taken by © Raimond Spekking.

According to the biography by Razo Bonvisinus, contemporary prior of Steinfeld (Acta SS., 7 April, I, 679), Hermann was the son of poor parents who had once been rich. At the age of seven he attended school and very early he began the tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin for which he was known during his entire life. At every available moment he could be found at the church of St. Mary on the Capitol, where he would kneel wrapt in prayer and child-like appeal to Mary. One day he is said to have presented an apple, saved from his own scanty repast, to the Child Who accepted it. According to still another legend, on another occasion, when on a bitter cold day he made his appearance with bare feet, Mary procured him the means of getting shoes. At the age of twelve he entered the monastery of the Norbertine or Premonstratensian Canons at Steinfeld, in the present Rhenish Prussia, made his studies in the Netherlands, and on his return was entrusted with the service of the refectory and later of the sacristy.

Bl. Hermann JosephAfter he had been ordained priest, it was remarkable with what reverence and devotion he offered the Holy Sacrifice. He was known for his gentle demeanour and affability, his humility, his extraordinary mortifications, but, above all, for his affection for the Mother of God, before whose altar he remained for hours in pious intercourse and ecstatic visions, and in whose honour he composed wonderful prayers and hymns. Mary, in turn, showed him her predilection, called him her chaplain and her spouse, and confirmed his surname Joseph, given to him by his brothers in religion. Hermann was sometimes sent out to perform pastoral duties and was in frequent demand for the making and repairing of clocks. He had under his charge the spiritual welfare of the Cistercian nuns at Hoven near Zulpich. Here he died and was buried in the cloister. His body was later transferred to Steinfeld, where his marble tomb and large picture may be seen to the present day; portions of his relics are at Cologne and at Antwerp. He is represented in art as kneeling before a statue of the Virgin and Child and offering an apple. The process of his canonization was begun in 1626, at the request of Archbishop Ferdinand of Cologne and the Emperor Ferdinand II, but was interrupted. His feast was, however, celebrated on 7 April, and the name of Blessed Hermann is in the Premonstratensian supplement to the Roman Martyrology. They also celebrate the translation of his relics on 24 May. His works are: “A Commentary on the Canticle of Canticles”, which is lost; “Opuscula” (new edition, Namur, 1899), including: “Duodecim gratiarum actiones”; “Jubilus seu Hymnus de SS. undecim millibus Virginibus”; “Oratio ad Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum”, taken to a great extent from the Canticle of Canticles; “Alia Oratio”; “Precula de quinque Gaudiis B. Mariae V.” It is not quite certain whether the last three are the works of Hermann, though they are generally ascribed to him.

Tomb of Bl. Hermann Joseph in the nave of Steinfeld Abbey Basilica. Photo by Charlie1965nrw.

Tomb of Bl. Hermann Joseph in the nave of Steinfeld Abbey Basilica. Photo by Charlie1965nrw.

TIMMERMANS, Vie du b. Herman Joseph (Lille and Paris, 1900); KAULEN, Legende von dem sel. Hermann Joseph (Mainz, 1880); MICHAEL, Geschichte des deutsch. Volkes, III,211; POSL, Leben des sel. Hermann Joseph (Ratisbon, 1862); DEISSEL, Gesch. der Verehr. Mariens in Deutschl. (Freiburg im Br., 1909); GOOVAERTS, Ecriv. de l’Ordre de Premontre (Brussels, 1899).

FRANCIS MERSHMAN (Catholic Encyclopedia)

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This commemoration was introduced in the liturgical calendar by decree of Pope Pius VII on September 16, 1815, in thanksgiving for his happy return to Rome after a long and painful captivity in Savona and France due to Napoleon’s tyrannical power…

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St. Vincent of Lérins

Saint Vincent of LerinsFeast on 24 May, an ecclesiastical writer in Southern Gaul in the fifth century. His work is much better known than his life. Almost all our information concerning him is contained in Gennadius, “De viris illustribus” (lxiv). He entered the monastery of Lérins (today Isle St….

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Pope St. Gregory VII

(HILDEBRAND).

One of the greatest of the Roman pontiffs and one of the most remarkable men of all times; born between the years 1020 and 1025, at Soana, or Ravacum, in Tuscany; died 25 May, 1085, at Salerno.

Pope St. Gregory VII

The early years of his life are involved in considerable obscurity. His name, Hildebrand (Hellebrand)—signifying to those of his contemporaries that loved him “a bright flame”, to those that hated him “a brand of hell”—would indicate some Lombard connection of his family, though at a later time…

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St. Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi

Carmelite Virgin, born 2 April, 1566; died 25 May, 1607.

Painting of St. Mary Madgalen de'Pazzi at age 16.

Of outward events there were very few in the saint’s life. She came of two noble families, her father being Camillo Geri de’ Pazzi and her mother a Buondelmonti. She was baptized, and named Caterina, in the great baptistery. Her childhood much resembled that of some other women saints who have become great mystics, in an early love of prayer and penance, great charity to…

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Blessed Alcuin of York

Emperor Charlemagne surrounded by his officers receiving Alcuin, who is presenting manuscripts made by his Monks Painted by Victor SchnetzAn eminent educator, scholar, and theologian born about 735; died 19 May, 804.

He came of noble Northumbrian parentage, but the place of his birth is a matter of dispute. It was probably in or near York. While still a mere child, he entered the cathedral school founded at that place by Archbishop Egbert. His aptitude, and piety early attracted the attention of Aelbert, master of the school, as well as of the Archbishop, both of whom devoted special attention to…

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St. Dunstan of Canterbury

St. DunstanArchbishop and confessor, and one of the greatest saints of the Anglo-Saxon Church; born near Glastonbury on the estate of his father, Heorstan, a West Saxon noble. His mother, Cynethryth, a woman of saintly life, was miraculously forewarned of the sanctity of the child within her. She was in the church of St. Mary on Candleday, when all the lights were suddenly…

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St. Bernardine of Siena

Image of St Bernardine of Siena at the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Friar Minor, missionary, and reformer, often called the “Apostle of Italy”, b. of the noble family of Albizeschi at Massa, a Sienese town of which his father was then governor, 8 September, 1380; d. at Aquila in the Abruzzi, 20 May, 1444. Left an orphan at six Bernardine was brought up with great care by his pious…

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Blessed Colomba of Rieti

Bl. Columba of RietiBorn at Rieti in Umbria, Italy, 1467; died at Perugia, 1501. Blessed Colomba of Rieti is always called after her birthplace, though she actually spent the greater part of her life away from it. Her celebrity is based — as it was even in her lifetime — mainly on two things: the highly miraculous nature of her career from its very beginning, and her intense devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. She was one amongst a number of saintly Dominican women…

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St. Ethelbert

Date of birth unknown; died 794.

St. Ethelbert

King of the East Angles, was, according to the “Speculum Historiale” of Richard of Cirencester (who died about 1401), the son of King Ethelred and Leofrana, a lady of Mercia. Brought up in piety, he was a man of singular humility. Urged to marry, he declared his preference for a life of celibacy, but at length consented to woo Altrida (Alfrida), daughter of Offa, King of the Mercians…

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The next day, upon which De Soto was hoping to see the chief, a large company of Indians came, fully armed and in war-paint, with the purpose of attacking the Christians. But when they saw that the Governor had…

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Blessed James Duckett

Martyr, born at Gilfortrigs in the parish of Skelsmergh in Westmoreland, England, date uncertain, of an ancient family of that county; died 9 April, 1601.

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He was a bookseller and publisher in London. His godfather was the well-known martyr James Leybourbe of Skelsmergh. He seems, however, to have been brought up a Protestant, for he was converted while an apprentice in…

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Blessed John Forest

Born in 1471, presumably at Oxford, where his surname was then not unknown; suffered 22 May, 1538. At the age of twenty he received the habit of St. Francis at Greenwich, in the church of the Friars Minor of the Regular Observance, called for brevity’s sake “Observants”. Nine years later we find him at Oxford, studying theology. He is commonly styled “Doctor” though, beyond the steps which he took to qualify as bachelor of divinity, no positive proof of his…

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According to The Telegraph:

Wyevale Garden Centres is launching a double flowering clematis named after Princess Charlotte this week…following the popularity of Clematis George, released after the birth of the first child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2013.

David Mitchell Plant Buyer at WGC said, “In 2013 the Clematis George was our fastest selling clematis of the year with many of our customers asking if we would honour the newest royal in the same way.”

Prince George and Princess Charlotte join a long tradition of royals with floral tributes named after them.

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Video: Prince Harry training with the Australian Defence Force

May 14, 2015

According to the British Monarchy: Just released today, we have some footage of Prince Harry training with the Australian Defence Force (ADF). His Royal Highness, or Captain Harry Wales as he is known in the Army, spent a month training with the ADF working and living alongside colleagues in the Australian Army in a number […]

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Grand Ducal Family celebrates Luxembourg’s most important religious ceremony

May 14, 2015

According to the Royal Forums: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa was joined by two of her sons…in the morning for the mass at the Cathedrale de Luxembourg held in honour of the event. Later, the family…process[ed] from the Cathedrale to the Grand Ducal Palace… A large number of the public lined the streets to celebrate with […]

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St. Francis de Sales Defends Himself When Attacked

May 14, 2015

St. Francis of Sales, though one of the gentlest of the Saints of God, knew how to defend himself from the swords of his enemies in the day of danger. During his residence in Padua, whither his father had sent him to pursue his studies, it happened that certain young men, who seemed to live […]

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3: The Law of Gradation

May 14, 2015

Divine Providence wanted to create all things in a hierarchy. In making minerals, plants, animals, men, and the angels, Divine Providence established an immense gamut of intermediary degrees within each of these categories. At one and the same time, this hierarchy is full of diversity and entirely harmonic. There is an infinity of “nuances” between […]

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May 14 – Bl. Gil of Santarem

May 14, 2015

Bl. Gil of Santarem A Portuguese Dominican: b. at Vaozela, diocese of Viseu, about 1185; d. at Santarem, 14 May, 1265. His father, Rodrigo Pelayo Valladaris, was governor of Coimbra and councillor of Sancho I. It was the wish of his parents that Gil should enter the ecclesiastical state, and the king was very lavish […]

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May 15 – Beautiful Princess, Tragic Story

May 14, 2015

St. Dymphna Virgin and martyr. The earliest historical account of the veneration of St. Dymphna dates from the middle of the thirteenth century. Under Bishop Guy I of Cambrai (1238-47), Pierre, a canon of the church of Saint Aubert at Cambrai, wrote a “Vita” of the saint, from which we learn that she had been […]

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May 16 – Patron of Poland

May 14, 2015

Saint Andrew Bobola Saint Andrew Bobola earned the name “Hunter of Souls” due to his tireless zeal and missionary travels. Martyr, born of an old and illustrious Polish family, in the Palatinate of Sandomir, 1590; died at Janów, 16 May, 1657. Having entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus at Wilno (1611), he was […]

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May 16 – Leper King

May 14, 2015

Modern society obsessively avoids suffering, risk and danger. It secures everything with seatbelts and safety rails, air conditions the summer heat, prints warnings on coffee cups and advises that that safety glasses should be used while working with hammers. Certainly such precautions have prevented misfortune. However, since heroism and excellence are born from confronting rather […]

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May 16 – St. Honoratus of Amiens

May 14, 2015

Saint Honoratus of Amiens (Honoré, sometimes Honorius, Honortus) (d. May 16, ca. 600) was the seventh bishop of Amiens. His feast day is May 16. He was born in Port-le-Grand (Ponthieu) near Amiens to a noble family. He was said to be virtuous from birth. He was taught by his predecessor in the bishopric of […]

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The Great Siege of Malta, May 18–September 11, 1565, was won because of one man: Grand Master Jean Parisot de la Valette

May 14, 2015

On the morning of August 18th the excessively heavy bombardment of Senglea warned them that an attack was imminent. It was not slow to develop. The moment that the rumble of the guns died down, the Iayalars and Janissaries were seen streaming forward across the no-man’s-land to the south… Read more here.

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May 18 – St. Eric, King of Sweden, Martyr

May 14, 2015

St. Eric, King of Sweden, Martyr Eric [1] was descended of a most illustrious Swedish family: in his youth he laid a solid foundation of virtue and learning, and took to wife Christina, daughter of Ingo IV, king of Sweden. Upon the death of King Smercher in 1141, he was, purely for his extraordinary virtues […]

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May 18 – Martyr of Envy

May 14, 2015

Pope St. John I Died at Ravenna on 18 or 19 May (according to the most popular calculation), 526. A Tuscan by birth and the son of Constantius, he was, after an interregnum of seven days, elected on 13 August, 523, and occupied the Apostolic see for two years, nine months, and seven days. We […]

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May 12 – She said no to the crowns of England, France and the Holy Roman Empire

May 11, 2015

Blessed Joanna of Portugal Born at Lisbon, 16 February, 1452; died at Aveiro, 12 May, 1490; the daughter of Alfonso V, King of Portugal, and his wife Elizabeth. She was chiefly remarkable for the courage and persistence with which she opposed all attempts on the part of her father and brother to make her marry.  […]

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May 13 – St. Peter de Regalado

May 11, 2015

St. Peter de Regalado (REGALATUS) A Friar Minor and reformer, born at Valladolid, 1390; died at Aguilera, 30 March, 1456. His parents were of noble birth and conspicuous for their wealth and virtue. Having lost his father in his early youth, he was piously educated by his mother. At the age of ten years Peter […]

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May 13 – “Can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?”

May 11, 2015

Blessed Imelda Lambertini (1322 – May 13, 1333) is the patroness of First Holy Communicants. Imelda was born in 1322 in Bologna, the only child of Count Egano Lambertini and Castora Galuzzi. Her parents were devout Catholics and were known for their charity and generosity to the underprivileged of Bologna. As a very young girl, […]

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May 13 – St. John the Silent

May 11, 2015

St. John the Silent (Hesychastes, Silentiarius). Bishop of Colonia, in Armenia, b. at Nicopolis, Armenia, 8 Jan., 452; d. 558. His parents, Encratius and Euphemia, wealthy and honoured, belonged to families that had done great service in the State and had given to it renowned generals and governors, but they were also good Christian… Read […]

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May 14 – The Right to Revolt

May 11, 2015

May 14, 1264: Simon de Montfort Defeats King Henry III at Battle of Lewes The Battle of Lewes was one of two main battles of the conflict known as the Second Barons’ War. It took place at Lewes in Sussex, on 14 May 1264. It marked the high point of the career of Simon de […]

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May 15 – Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac

May 10, 2015

Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac (December 27, 1556 – February 2, 1640) was founderess of the order The Company of Mary Our Lady. She was born in Bordeaux, France in 1556 to a prominent family. Her father, Richard de Lestonnac, was a member of the French Parliament while her mother, Jeanne Eyquem, was the sister of […]

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“Be Kind To Your Mother”

May 7, 2015

Frederick, King of Prussia, one day rang his bell, and, no one answering, he opened the door and found his page fast asleep in his elbow-chair. He advanced towards him, and was about to waken him, when he perceived a letter hanging out of his pocket. Curiosity prompted him to know what it contained; so […]

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2: The Law of Contrast

May 7, 2015

In order for their beauty to be more complete, things diverse among themselves should manifest a certain contrast, a certain opposition. There is [in the Catholic Church] a magnificent contrast between the Pope, who is at the pinnacle of power and before whom all kneel, and a humble lay brother, who would protest were anyone […]

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May 8 – When St. Michael Appeared

May 7, 2015

Well known is the apparition of St. Michael the Archangel (a. 494 or 530-40), as related in the Roman Breviary, 8 May, at his renowned sanctuary on Monte Gargano, where his original glory as patron in war was restored to him. To his intercession the Lombards of Sipontum (Manfredonia) attributed their victory over the Greek […]

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May 8 – Matriarch of the Carolingian family

May 7, 2015

Saint Itta (or Itta of Metz) (also Ida, Itte or Iduberga) (592–652) was the wife of Pepin of Landen, mayor of the palace of Austrasia. Her brother was Saint Modoald, bishop of Trier. Her sister was abbess Saint Severa. There is no direct record of their parents, but it has been suggested that she was […]

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May 9 – Known personally to the King, he was falsely accused of conspiring to murder him

May 7, 2015

Ven. Thomas Pickering Lay brother and martyr, a member of an old Westmoreland family, born circa 1621; executed at Tyburn, 9 May, 1679. He was sent to the Benedictine monastery of St. Gregory at Douai, where he took vows as a lay brother in 1660. In 1665 he was sent to London, where, as steward […]

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May 9 – St. Nicholas Albergati

May 7, 2015

Cardinal and Bishop of Bologna, born at Bologna in 1357; died at Sienna, 9 May, 1443. He entered the Carthusian Order in 1394, served as prior in various monasteries, and was made Bishop of Bologna, against his will, in 1417. In this office he still followed the Rule of his Order, was zealous for the […]

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May 9 – Isaias, Prophet and Historian, Sawn in Two

May 7, 2015

From the Prophet himself (i, 1; ii, 1) we learn that he was the son of Amos. Owing to the similarity between Latin and Greek forms of this name and that of the Shepherd-Prophet of Thecue, some Fathers mistook the Prophet Amos for the father of Isaias. St. Jerome in the preface to his “Commentary […]

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May 10 – Saint Damien: A Hero Who Died on the Battlefield of Honor

May 7, 2015

Born Joseph de Veuster in Tremelo, Belgium, he took the religious name of Damien when he joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. There are few places on Earth more beautiful than Hawaii. While this idyllic paradise may be the destination spot for tourists and honeymooners, Joseph de Veuster was eager […]

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May 10 – French or American?

May 7, 2015

Jean-Baptiste-Donatien de Vimeur, Count de Rochambeau Marshal, born at Vendôme, France, 1 July, 1725; died at Thoré, 10 May, 1807. At the age of sixteen he entered the army and in 1745 became an aid to Louis Philippe, Duke of Orleans, subsequently commanding a regiment. He served with distinction in several important battles, notably those […]

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May 11 – Holy Merovingian

May 7, 2015

St. Aldegundis Virgin and abbess (c. 639-684), variously written Adelgundis, Aldegonde, etc. She was closely related to the Merovingian royal family. Her father and mother, afterwards honored as St. Walbert and St. Bertilia, lived in Flanders in the province of Hainault. Aldegundis was urged to marry, but she chose a life of virginity and, leaving […]

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May 11 – Martyr of the House of Rochester

May 7, 2015

Blessed John Rochester Priest and martyr, born probably at Terling, Essex, England, about 1498; died at York, 11 May, 1537. He was the third son of John Rochester, of Terling, and Grisold, daughter of Walter Writtle, of Bobbingworth. He joined the Carthusians, was a choir monk of the Charterhouse in London, and strenuously opposed the […]

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May 5 – St. Hilary of Arles

May 4, 2015

Archbishop, born about 401; died 5 May, 449. The exact place of his birth is not known. All that may be said is that he belonged to a notable family of Northern Gaul, of which in all probability also came St. Honoratus, his predecessor in the See of Arles. Learned and rich, Hilary had everything […]

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May 6 – Prince, priest, pioneer

May 4, 2015

Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin Prince, priest, and missionary, born at The Hague, Holland, 22 December, 1770; died at Loretto, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 6 May, 1840. He was a scion of one of the oldest, wealthiest, and most illustrious families of Russia. His father, Prince Demetrius Gallitzin (d. 16 March, 1803), Russian ambassador to Holland at the time […]

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May 6 – Saint Francis de Montmorency Laval

May 4, 2015

St. Francis de Montmorency Laval First bishop of Canada, born at Montigny-sur-Avre, 30 April, 1623, of Hughes de Laval and Michelle de Péricard; died at Quebec on 6 May, 1708. He was a scion of an illustrious family, whose ancestor was baptized with Clovis at Reims, and whose motto reads: “Dieu ayde au primer baron […]

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May 7 – The Pope who adopted two princes

May 4, 2015

Pope St. Benedict II Date of birth unknown; died 8 May, 685; was a Roman, and the son of John. Sent when young to the schola cantorum, he distinguished himself by his knowledge of the Scriptures and by his singing, and as a priest was remarkable for his humility, love of the poor, and generosity. […]

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May 7 – Bl. Agnellus of Pisa

May 4, 2015

Bl. Agnellus of Pisa Friar Minor and founder of the English Franciscan Province, born at Pisa c. 1195, of the noble family of the Agnelli; died at Oxford, 7 May, 1236. In early youth he was received into the Seraphic Order by St. Francis himself, during the latter’s sojourn in Pisa, and soon became an […]

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May 7 – St. John of Beverley

May 4, 2015

St. John of Beverley Bishop of Hexham and afterwards of York; b. at Harpham, in the East Riding of Yorkshire; d. at Beverley, 7 May, 721. In early life he was under the care of Archbishop Theodore, at Canterbury, who supervised his education, and is reputed to have given him the name of John. He […]

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Baby Princess Leonore Meets the Pope

April 30, 2015

According to the Royal Forums: During her grandmother and parents’ visit to the Vatican, Princess Leonore also met Pope Francis. The baby Princess sat on her grandmother, Queen Silvia’s, lap whilst she had an audience with the Pope at the Apostolic Palace.  To read the entire article on the Royal Forums, please click here. View […]

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The Temptation of the Two Brothers

April 30, 2015

Two noble knights* were one day passing together through a thick forest on their way to a tournament. They were brothers, and each of them possessed great riches. As they were passing through this solitary place, the demon of covetousness inspired both of them with the same wicked thought: that of killing his brother, in […]

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1: The Laws Of Variety

April 30, 2015

The Law of Characteristics Characteristics are a distinct sign of authentic variety, and in them true variety is attained. Let us consider a room with a variety of objects: armchairs, paintings, chandeliers, carpets, curtains, and so on. This variety will be authentic only when each one of these objects is typically and characteristically itself. Let […]

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May 1 – St. Sigismund, King of Burgundy

April 30, 2015

This saint was son of Gondebald, the Arian king of the Burgundians; but embraced the Catholic faith through the instructions of St. Alcimus Avitus, bishop of Vienne. (1) He succeeded to the kingdom of his father in 516, and in the midst of barbarism lived humble, mortified, penitent, devout, and charitable, even on the throne; […]

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May 2 – Two sisters of this medieval princess were also saints

April 30, 2015

St. Mafalda of Portugal In the year 1215, at the age of eleven, Princess Mafalda (i.e. Matilda), daughter of King Sancho I of Portugal, was married to her kinsman King Henry I of Castile, who was like herself a minor… Read more here.

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