Australia Will Honor Its Pre-Eminent Citizens as Knights and Dames

March 27, 2014

According to Royal News Blog: “Pre-eminent” Australians will become knights and dames at the Queen’s approval for the first time since 1989…. [Prime Minister Tony] Abbott said the award would go to “those who have accepted public office rather than sought it” which means it is unlikely to go to former politicians…. More likely recipients…would [...]

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Will the UK Abolish Royal Consent on New Laws?

March 27, 2014

According to The Telegraph: The role of the Queen and Prince of Wales in signing off new laws is “arcane and complex” and could be abolished, MPs have said. The Commons’ Political and Constitutional Reform committee warned that the process is “fuelling speculation” that the monarchy has an “undue influence”…. “Its existence could be regarded [...]

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King Baldwin saves the life of a Muslim princess, and his own is then saved by her husband

March 27, 2014

The caliph of Egypt, to revenge the death of his warriors, assembled an army, which advanced as far as the country round Ramla. Baldwin got together, in haste, a troop of three hundred knights and a thousand foot soldiers, and marched to meet him. When he perceived the standards of the Egyptian army, ten times [...]

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Natural Protectionism

March 27, 2014

Church doctors recognize that just as rulers have the right to tax populations for the common good, they may also levy moderate import taxes to protect the local economy. Communities and nations should have the right to take an attitude of self-defense of their own culture and economy when confronted with intrusive and especially unfair [...]

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March 27 – Royal Simplicity

March 27, 2014

St. Rupert (Alternative forms, RUPRECHT, Hrodperht, Hrodpreht, Roudbertus, Rudbertus, Robert, Ruprecht). First Bishop of Salzburg, contemporary of Childebert III, king of the Franks (695-711), date of birth unknown; died at Salzburg, Easter Sunday, 27 March, 718. According to an old tradition, he was a scion of the Frankish Merovingian family. The assumption of 660 as [...]

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March 28 – Grandson of King Clovis

March 27, 2014

St. Gontran, King and Confessor He was son of King Clotaire, and grandson of Clovis I and St. Clotilda. Being the second son, whilst his brothers Charibert reigned at Paris, and Sigebert in Austrasia, residing at Metz, he was crowned King of Orleans and Burgundy in 661, making Challons on the Saone his capital. When [...]

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March 29 – One of many Irish missionaries who labored to convert Central Europe

March 27, 2014

St. Eustace Date of birth unknown, died March 29, 625. He was second abbot of the Irish monastery of Luxeuil in France, and his feast is commemorated in the Celtic martyrologies on the 29th of March. He was one of the first companions of St. Columbanus, a monk of Bangor (Ireland), who with his disciples [...]

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March 28 – “I have fought for God and king, and it is for them that I am going to die”

March 27, 2014

On the 21st February his troop, now reduced to less than two hundred men, was attacked by General Travot, one of the ablest officers of Hoche. The Vendeans behaved with the greatest courage, but they were overwhelmed with numbers. The eldest brother of the general, Charette la Colinière, and several officers fell; and he himself [...]

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Will Scotland Maintain the Monarchy?

March 24, 2014

According to The Telegraph: Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Minister, said “it will be for the people of Scotland to decide” on the Queen’s role if they vote to leave the United Kingdom in September this year. His comments undermine Alex Salmond’s official policy that the monarchy would automatically be retained… However, much of the [...]

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Happy Birthday, Grand Duchess!

March 24, 2014

According to the Luxemburger Wort: Luxembourg’s Grand Duchess Maria Teresa…celebrated her 58th birthday on Saturday Maria Teresa was born on March 22, 1959, in Havana, Cuba. During the Cuban revolution under Fidel Castro the family moved to New York, and in 1965 onwards to Spain. …at the University of Geneva…she met her future husband Prince [...]

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St. Thomas More rejects his wife’s pleas to abandon the Faith

March 24, 2014

Thomas More was Lord High Chancellor of England in the reign of King Henry VIII. He was a fervent Catholic, and although zealous in the service of his King, was still more so in the service of God. When Henry rebelled against the Church, he put into prison, and sometimes even condemned to death, those [...]

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Self-Reliance Should not Exclude a Healthy Dependence

March 24, 2014

While temperance teaches us to see the reality that each man is capable of colossal self-sufficiency, it also reveals to us that we are contingent beings. The fact that we are dependent upon others helps, not hinders, our full development. Hence, the same person who develops admirable habits of self-reliance also takes the initiative to [...]

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March 24 – A deer guarded this noble saint from the unwanted advances of men

March 24, 2014

St. Catherine of Sweden Patroness against abortion and miscarriage. The fourth child of Saint Bridget and her husband, Ulf Gudmarsson, born 1331 or 1332; died 24 March, 1381. At the time of her death Saint Catherine was head of the convent of Wadstena, founded by her mother; hence the name, Catherine Vastanensis, by which she [...]

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March 25 – He is King by right, and also by conquest

March 24, 2014

by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira We will comment on this passage taken from Saint Luke: “And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was [...]

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March 25 – Saint Lucy Filippini

March 24, 2014

St. Lucy Filippini (13 January 1672 – 25 March 1732) She was orphaned at an early age when her parents both died. From there she went to live with her aristocratic aunt and uncle who encouraged her religious inclination by entrusting her education to the Benedictine nuns at Santa Lucia. Her career began under the [...]

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March 26 – One of the distinguished men of his age

March 24, 2014

Geoffrey of Vendôme (GOFFRIDUS ABBAS VINDOCINENSIS.) A cardinal, b. in the second half of the eleventh century of a noble family, at Angers, France; d. there, 26 March, 1132. At an early age he entered the Benedictine community of the Blessed Trinity at Vendôme in the diocese of Chartres; and in 1093, while still very [...]

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March 26 – St. Ludger

March 24, 2014

St. Ludger (Lüdiger or Liudger) Missionary among the Frisians and Saxons, first Bishop of Munster in Westphalia, b. at Zuilen near Utrecht about 744; d. 26 March, 809. Feast, 26 March. Represented as a bishop reciting his Breviary, or with a swan at either side. His parents, Thiadgrim and Liafburg, were wealthy Frisians of noble [...]

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Romanian Monarchists Call For Demonstrations

March 20, 2014

According to The Eponymous Flower: On Saturday, 5th April 2014 4:30 pm Romanians…again will gather with monarchic flags and portraits of members of the royal family to march for a KING in several cities… The march is organized by the National Alliance for the Restoration of the Monarchy (ANRM). This will be the second march [...]

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St. Louis the King teaches his nobles to hate mortal sin

March 20, 2014

St. Louis, King of France, asked one of his nobles named Joinville what he would do if he were asked to choose between committing a mortal sin and being struck with leprosy. Joinville, without any hesitation, answered the King: “I would sooner commit ten mortal sins than be infected even once with that terrible plague.” [...]

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Euthanasia Brings End to Belgian Monarchy

March 20, 2014

by Marie Meaney There has been no coup, no abdication, no revolution. It is an event that has gone largely unnoticed. The media have hardly spoken about it. Yet it is a reality. The monarchy in Belgium is done with, over, kaput. The king of Belgium has turned himself out of his royal throne by [...]

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March 20 – Homeless Noble Poet

March 20, 2014

Blessed Baptista Mantuanus (Or SPAGNOLI). Carmelite and Renaissance poet, born at Mantua, 17 April, 1447, where he also died, 22 March, 1516. The eldest son of Peter Spagnoli, a Spanish nobleman at the court of Mantua, Baptista studied grammar under Gregorio Tifernate, and philosophy at Pavia under Polo Bagelardi. The bad example of his schoolfellows [...]

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March 20 – St. Wulfram

March 20, 2014

St. Wulfram Bishop of Sens, missionary in Frisi, born at Milly near Fontainebleau, probably during the reign of Clovis II (638-56); died 20 March, before 704, in which year a translation of his body took place (Duchesne, “Fastes épiscopaux de l’ancienne Gaule”, II, Paris, 1900, 413). His father Fulbert stood high in the esteem of [...]

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March 20 – Vendor of Learning

March 20, 2014

St. Clement of Ireland Also known as Clemens Scotus (not to be confounded with Claudius Clemens). Born in Ireland, towards the middle of the eighth century, died perhaps in France, probably after 818. About the year 771 he set out for France. His biographer, an Irish monk of St. Gall, who wrote his Acts, dedicated [...]

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March 21 – The soldier who fought with sword in one hand and rosary in the other

March 20, 2014

St. Nicholas of Flüe, patron of: -Pontifical Swiss Guards  -Switzerland -difficult marriages -large families -judges Born 21 March, 1417, on the Flüeli, a fertile plateau near Sachseln, Canton Obwalden, Switzerland; died 21 March, 1487, as a recluse in a neighboring ravine, called Ranft. He was the oldest son of pious, well-to-do peasants and from his [...]

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March 22 – He Stood Up to Hitler Without Flinching

March 20, 2014

Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen “Lion of Münster” Born     March 16, 1878 Dinklage Castle, Dinklage, Grand Duchy of Oldenburg, German Confederation Died     March 22, 1946 (aged 68) Münster, Province of Westphalia, Germany Beatified     9 October 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI Feast     22 March The Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen [...]

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March 23 – Generous Noble Missionary

March 20, 2014

St. Toribio Alfonso Mogrovejo (aka St. Alphonsus Turibius) Archbishop of Lima; b. at Mayorga, León, Spain, 1538; d. near Lima Peru, 23 March 1606. Of noble family and highly educated, he was professor of laws at the University of Salamanca, where his learning and virtue led to his appointment as Grand Inquisitor of Spain by [...]

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On St. Patrick’s Day, Duchess of Cambridge presents shamrocks to her husband, Prince William, and Irish Guards

March 17, 2014

According to The Telegraph: The Duchess of Cambridge…marked St Patrick’s Day in traditional fashion. In the past the role was famously carried out by the Queen Mother… At the start of the ceremony, William was one of the first to receive a shamrock from his wife and, following tradition, tucked it under the regimental star [...]

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Saint Clotilde’s uncle, King Gundobad of the Burgundians, rejects St. Avitus’ invitation to become Catholic

March 17, 2014

Gundobad, King of the Burgundians, was an Arian, and, though otherwise of an amiable disposition, he refused to believe the teaching of the Catholic Church, and thought that he could get to Heaven in the sect to which he belonged. Some years after he began to reign he saw that he was wrong, and, as [...]

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The Need for Stability

March 17, 2014

We must again emphasize that this localism presupposes a stable family life, which supports a love of reflection, tradition, and local identity. It presupposes a desire for full development that leads men to seek after production, refined over time, where demand is not regulated by advertising but by people zealous for products that reflect their [...]

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Recipe for St. Joseph’s Day

March 17, 2014

  Reprinted with permission from, Cooking With The Saints  by Ernst Schuegraf.  

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March 17 – The Great and Noble Patrick

March 17, 2014

St. Patrick Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 493. He had for his parents Calphurnius and Conchessa. The former belonged to a Roman family of high rank and held the office of decurio in Gaul or Britain. Conchessa was a [...]

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Announcement – Blessed Karl of Austria Mass, April 6, 2014

March 17, 2014

Blessed Karl of Austria with his family Traditional Latin Mass in Honor of Blessed Karl Sunday, 6 April 2014, 1:00 PM Passion Sunday (Holy Rosary & Confessions begin at 12:30 PM) St. Titus Church 952 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA 15001 Celebrant: Fr. Gregory Plow, TOR Franciscan University of Steubenville Please click here for more information, [...]

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March 17 – St. Gertrude of Nivelles

March 17, 2014

St. Gertrude of Nivelles Virgin, and Abbess of the Benedictine monastery of Nivelles; born in 626; died 17 March, 659. She was a daughter of Pepin I of Landen, and a younger sister of St. Begga, Abbess of Andenne. One day, when she was about ten years of old, her father invited King Dagobert and [...]

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March 18 – Saint Edward the Martyr

March 17, 2014

Saint Edward the Martyr King of England, son to Edgar the Peaceful, and uncle to St. Edward the Confessor; born about 962; died March 18, 979. His accession to the throne on his father’s death, in 975, was opposed by a party headed by his stepmother, Queen Elfrida, who was bent on securing the crown [...]

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March 19 – Saint Joseph, Martyr of Grandeur

March 17, 2014

by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira To have an idea of what Saint Joseph—the Patron of the Church—was like, we must consider two prodigious facts: he was the foster father of the Child Jesus and he was the spouse of Our Lady. The husband must be proportional to the wife. Now who is Our Lady? She [...]

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For the Queen, Our Very Best: A Fairy-tale Carriage

March 13, 2014

According to Horse Canada: …Frecklington’s State Coach Britannia has been completed after years of work. It…is 18 feet long (5.5.m) and is 11 feet high (3.4m). It has electronic stabilizers, air conditioning, heating and power windows. ..handmade yew and ebony cases…contain 60 small gold-plated canisters with the Queen’s monogram inlaid in mother-of-pearl that is under [...]

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Emperor Commemorates Great East Japan Earthquake

March 13, 2014

According to The Royal Correspondent: On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan arrived…in Tokyo to attend a memorial service held on the occasion of the third anniversary of 9.0 earthquake off the Tōhoku coast and the devastating tsunami that followed. During today’s service His Imperial Majesty gave [...]

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Queen Blanche teaches the young St. Louis to abhor sin

March 13, 2014

When Queen Blanche became the mother of St. Louis, she received him from God as a treasure to be guarded with the utmost care. From his earliest years she kept one great thought before his mind to love above all things his Heavenly Father, and never to offend Him by sin. Often when the little [...]

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The Special Role of Local Resources in Organic Society

March 13, 2014

The locality also plays a special role in the richness of products. God endowed each place with a great diversity of riches and resources, many of which are hidden. In His Providence, He put those things there principally for the discovery and use of those who live in the locality and to aid them in [...]

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March 13 – Though not a learned man, he established a school known today as Oxford

March 13, 2014

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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March 13 – There Is No Price Tag on Happiness

March 13, 2014

St. Euphrasia (aka Eupraxia) Virgin, born in 380; died after 410. Antigonus, the father of this saint, was a nobleman of the first rank and quality in the court of Theodosius the younger, nearly allied in blood to that emperor, and honored by him with several great employments in the state. He was married to [...]

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March 14 – Patroness of Those Falsely Accused

March 13, 2014

St. Matilda, Queen of Saxony Queen of Germany, wife of King Henry I (The Fowler), b. at the Villa of Engern in Westphalia, about 895; d. at Quedlinburg, 14 March, 968. She was brought up at the monastery of Erfurt. Henry, whose marriage to a young widow, named Hathburg, had been declared invalid, asked for [...]

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March 15 – Her nuns earned the name “Angels of the Battlefield”

March 13, 2014

St. Louise de Marillac Le Gras Foundress of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, born at Paris, 12 August, 1591, daughter of Louis de Marillac, Lord of Ferrieres, and Marguerite Le Camus; died there, 15 March, 1660. Her mother having died soon after the birth of Louise, the education of the latter [...]

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March 15 – Pope St. Zachary

March 13, 2014

Pope St. Zachary (ZACHARIAS.) Reigned 741-52. Year of birth unknown; died in March, 752. Zachary sprang from a Greek family living in Calabria; his father, according to the “Liber Pontificalis”, was called Polichronius. Most probably he was a deacon of the Roman Church and as such signed the decrees of the Roman council of 732. [...]

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March 16 – Chancellor to Italy and Germany

March 13, 2014

St. Heribert, Archbishop of Cologne Born at Worms, c. 970; died at Cologne, 16 March, 1021. His father was Duke Hugo of Worms. After receiving his education at the cathedral school of Worms, he spent some time as guest at the monastery of Gorze, after which he became provost at the cathedral of Worms. In [...]

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William and Kate Set to Step Into Hornet’s Nest

March 10, 2014

According to the Daily Express: The Royal party will not be visiting the historic site of Waitangi, where a famous treaty was signed in 1840 which…gave native Maori the rights of British subjects. A Ngapuhi Maori elder has threatened to knock down a monument to the treaty in disgust at the non-visit. A rise in [...]

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King Philippe of Belgium Signs Child Euthanasia Law

March 10, 2014

According to Charisma News: The king of Belgium has signed into law a controversial bill making the nation the first country in the world to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children of all ages. The bill became law despite widespread opposition, including a 200,000-strong Europe-wide petition, which was delivered to King Philippe last week, urging [...]

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Three Gulf Monarchies Recall Ambassadors

March 10, 2014

According to AFP: Three Gulf monarchies recalled their ambassadors from Doha Wednesday in an unprecedented escalation in tension with fellow Gulf Cooperation Council member Qatar, accused of backing the widely banned Muslim Brotherhood. …Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain said the decision was made in protest against Qatar’s alleged interference in their internal [...]

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Queen Maria Theresa of France abhorred venial sin

March 10, 2014

Maria Theresa, wife of Louis XIV, had a great horror of sin. One day someone asked her to do something which was wrong. She answered: “No, I will never willfully consent to offend God.” “But,” said the other, “after all, it is a very small offense; at most it is only a venial sin.” The [...]

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Presuppositions of Local Production

March 10, 2014

We must clearly define what we mean by local production since “local” production has come to mean different things to different people. There are those who have turned “local” production into an ecological cause, a healthy alternative, or a political statement. Such “local” initiatives have little to do with healthy localism. In fact, without a [...]

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March 10 – “I want no prayers from heretics!”

March 10, 2014

St. John Ogilvie Ogilvie, the son of a wealthy noble, was born into a Calvinist family near Keith in Banffshire, Scotland and was educated in mainland Europe where he attended a number of Roman Catholic educational establishments, under the Benedictines at Regensburg in Germany and with the Jesuits at Olomouc and Brno in the present [...]

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March 11 – Saint Sophronius

March 10, 2014

Saint Sophronius Patriarch of Jerusalem and Greek ecclesiastical writer, b. about 560 at Damascus of noble parentage; d. probably March 11, 638, at Jerusalem. In company with John Moschus he traveled extensively through the East and also went to Rome. He probably became a monk in Egypt about 580 and later removed to Palestine. From [...]

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March 12 – The Mistaken Chronicler

March 10, 2014

St. Theophanes Chronicler, born at Constantinople, about 758; died in Samothracia, probably 12 March, 817, on which day he is commemorated in the Roman Martyrology. He was the son of Isaac, imperial governor of the islands of the White Sea, and of Theodora, of whose family nothing is known. After the early death of his [...]

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Royalty and nobility err gravely when they lower themselves to the level of the masses

March 6, 2014

According to The Guardian/The Observer: It has got to stop, this fashion for toffs to pose as ordinary…. We’re not stupid. The disguise is not convincing…. I’m sure that advisers are at fault: mediocre people with PR degrees, eagerly advising on how to avoid the resentment of the masses. But fear of resentment is disproportionate…. [...]

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St. John Francis Regis converts a rich lady to the Faith

March 6, 2014

St. John Francis Regis one day met a rich lady, who was well known throughout the country for her great zeal in spreading her religion. She was a Calvinist. “My lady,” he said to her, “God has been for a long time calling on you to renounce the errors of the religion in which you [...]

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The Cross of Our Lord Must Be the Center of our Lives

March 6, 2014

By giving each of us the grace of being called with Him to suffer a small portion of His Passion, Our Lord Jesus Christ was making clear the unparalleled role of the Cross in the life of a man, in the history of the world, and in His own glorification. Let us not think that…He [...]

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March 6 – Of Kings and Princesses

March 6, 2014

Saints Kyneburge, Kyneswide, and Tibba The two first were daughters of Penda, the cruel pagan king of Mercia, and sisters to three successive Christian Kings, Peada, Wulfere, and Ethelred, and to the pious prince Merowald. Kyneburge, as Bede informs us, (1) was married to Alcfrid, eldest son of Oswi, and in his father’s life-time king [...]

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March 6 – Bishop Prime Minister

March 6, 2014

St. Chrodegang Bishop of Metz, born at the beginning of the eighth century at Hasbania, in what is now Belgian Limburg, of a noble Frankish family; died at Metz, 6 March, 766. He was educated at the court of Charles Martel, became his private secretary, then chancellor, and in 737 prime minister. On 1 March, [...]

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March 7 – Saint Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart

March 6, 2014

Saint Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart Born July 15, 1747. Died March 7, 1770 in Florence. She was born Anna Maria Redi to a large noble family in Arezzo, Italy. She was the daughter of Count Ignatius Redi and Camilla Billeti. After attending the boarding school of the Benedictine nuns of St. Apollonia’s in [...]

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March 8 – Although he was not a prince, they buried him as if he were

March 6, 2014

St. John of God Born at Montemor o Novo, Portugal, 8 March, 1495, of devout Christian parents; died at Granada, 8 March, 1550. The wonders attending the saints birth heralded a life many-sided in its interests, but dominated throughout by implicit fidelity to the grace of God. A Spanish priest whom he followed to Oropeza, [...]

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