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St. Sylvester I

Sylvester was born in Rome toward the close of the third century. He was a young priest when the persecution of the Christians broke out under the tyrant Diocletian. Idols were erected at the corners of the streets, in the … Continue reading

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Final Perseverance

Thomas a Kempis tells of a pious person who one day fell into great anxiety in regard to his final perseverance. Prostrating himself before an altar, he raised his eyes, and exclaimed: “Oh, if I only knew that I was … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Becket

St. Thomas, son of Gilbert Becket, was born in Southward England, A.D. 1117. When a youth he was attached to the household of Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him to Paris and Bologna to study law. He became Archdeacon … Continue reading

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Holy Innocents

Herod, who was reigning in Judea at the time of the birth of Our Saviour, having heard that the Wisemen had come from the East to Jerusalem in search of the King of the Jews, was troubled. He called together … Continue reading

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St. John the Apostle

St. John, the son of Zebedee and Salome, was among the apostles named “the beloved” of Jesus, as is signified in those words “The one whom Jesus loved.” At the Last Supper he merited to lay his head on the … Continue reading

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St. Stephen

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 … Continue reading

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Nativity of the Lord

Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, having taken human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and being made man, was born of her for the redemption of mankind, at Bethlehem of Judea. Joseph and Mary had come … Continue reading

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