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Jul 22, About Today for Mary Magdalene, Hw

July 22

Saint Mary Magdalene

Memorial

Mary Magdalene lived in the first century. She was the leader of the women who accompanied Jesus and the apostles on their journeys. She was present at Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Jesus sent her to announce the resurrection to the others, and so she was called the “apostle of the apostles.” From early times, she has been identified as the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet in Simon’s house and with Mary, the sister of Martha; however, most contemporary scholars now abandon this connection. Mary Magdalene is the patron saint of the contemplative life and of women.[1][2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] F.L. Cross and E.A. Livingstone, The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (London: Oxford University Press, 1974), 186.
[2] Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, The Martyrology of the Monastery of the Ascension, 2008.

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Jul 20, About Today for Saturday of the 15th week of Ordinary Time

July 20

Saint Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr

Optional Memorial

“It is fitting that his name was Apollinaris, since according to the injunction of his God he lost his life in order to acquire it for life everlasting. Blessed is he who so finished the race and so kept the faith that he truly was found to occupy the first place among the believers.” [1]

According to tradition, St. Apollinaris was born in Antioch and became a disciple of St. Peter. His successor as bishop of Ravenna, St. Peter Chrysologus, preached a sermon in his honor in the 5th century. In it, he recalled how in the Church’s infancy, St. Apollinaris showed deep faith and dedication in the face of punishment. [1] Two beautiful churches in the onetime important Byzantine city of Ravenna are dedicated to him. [2][3][4]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] St. Peter Chrysologus, “Sermon 128,” in Fathers of the Church Volume 3 of Selected Sermons (CUA Press, 2005), quoted in William B. Palardy ed., www.books.google.com
[2] Herbert J. Thurston, S.J. and Donald Attwater, Butler’s Lives of the Saints Volume 3 (Indiana:Ave Maria Press, Inc., 1956), 167.
[3] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St Apollinaris.”
[4] John Paul II, Message of the Holy Father to the Archbishop of Ravenna, July 23, 1999.
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Jul 18, About Today for Thursday of the 15th week of Ordinary Time

July 18

Saint Camillus de Lellis, Priest

Optional Memorial

St. Camillus de Lellis was born in 1550 in the Abruzzo area of Italy. At the age of sixteen, Camillus joined his father in the Venetian army. He worked for a Capuchin friary, but suffered from a leg wound and compulsive gambling. He traveled to Rome and worked at a hospital where he became a nurse and eventually director of the hospital. St. Philip Neri was his spiritual director, and with his permission at age 32, Camillus decided to become a priest. He went on to found a religious order focused on caring for the sick. The order established houses in many cities. St. Camillus and St. John of God are the co-patron saints of nurses. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Camillus de Lellis.”
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Jul 16, About Today for Tuesday of the 15th week of Ordinary Time

July 16

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Optional Memorial

“So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel, and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. And Elijah came near to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him;…’” [1]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. Mount Carmel is a mountain range along the northern coast of Israel. It’s here that God publicly answered the prophet Elijah’s prayer, consumed the offering, and confirmed He was a living God. Centuries later, in the 12th century after Christ, a group of hermits gathered on the mountain and committed their lives to prayer and penance, forming the Carmelite Order. The Carmelite Order encouraged devotion to the Blessed Mother as a model of ‘complete fidelity to the Lord.’ [2][3][4]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Revised Standard Version, s.v., “Kings, The First Book of.”
[2] Benedict XVI, Angelus, July 16, 2006.
[3] John Paul II, Angelus, July 16, 2000.
[4] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”
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Jul 15, About Today for Bonaventure, B & D

July 15
BONAVENTURE, BISHOP AND DOCTOR
Memorial
Saint Bonaventrue was born about the year 1218 at Bagnorea in Tuscany. He studied philosophy and theology at Paris and, having earned the title Master, he taught his fellow members of the Order of Friars …

Jul 14, About Today for Sunday in the 15th Week of Ordinary Time

July 14

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin

Memorial

Blessed Kateri (1656-1680) was an Indian virgin of the Mohawk tribe. Orphaned at a young age from small pox, Blessed Kateri was raised by her village. Scarring from her own battle with the disease steered her away from marriage and into a life of sanctity and virtue. When Jesuit missionaries came to the region, what is today northern New York, Blessed Kateri asked to be baptized. Many of her people in the Turtle clan were unable to accept this and she was forced to retreat to the town of Caughnawaga, north on the St. Lawrence River. Many have recognized her shining example, including John Paul II who beatified her in 1980. Endearments for her include “Lily of the Mohawks” and “Genevieve of New France.” [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.”

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Jul 13, About Today for Saturday of the 14th week of Ordinary Time

July 13

Saint Henry

Optional Memorial

Saint Henry II lived from 972-1024 and was King of Germany and Italy. Also, he was crowned Holy Roman Emperor, the last of the Ottonian (Saxon) dynasty. His education was steeped in ecclesiastical matters and gave him a compassionate heart for the Church and for the masses. He capitalized on a cooperative Church and State; restoring the honor of the empire in many parts of the region and exercising pious resolve in courtly affairs. Saint Henry was canonized in 1146, the only German king to be venerated to sainthood. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Henry II.”
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Jul 11, About Today for Benedict, Ab

July 11

Saint Benedict, Abbot

Memorial

“There was a man of venerable life, Benedict by name and grace, who from the time of his very childhood carried the heart of an old man. His demeanour indeed surpassing his age, he gave himself no disport or pleasure, but living here upon earth he despised the world with all the glory thereof, at such a time as he might have most freely enjoyed it.”[1]

St. Benedict was born circa 480 in Nursia, Italy. Born to affluent parents, he was educated in Rome. Disillusioned by the other students’ behavior, Benedict retreated to a cave deep in the mountains for spiritual seclusion. In these formative years, St. Benedict overcame the ‘three fundamental temptations’ of self-importance, lust, and anger. A large community of followers grew up around him.
He relocated to Monte Cassino, an imposing plateau over the vast plains, symbolizing his desire to make monastic living a witness to the surrounding world. St. Benedict wrote a rule for his monks and it was so popular it helped shape the civilization and culture of Europe. St. Benedict is the Patron Saint of Europe as proclaimed by Paul VI in 1964. [2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] St. Gregory the Great, “The Life of Our Most Holy Father St. Benedict,” in The Second Book of Dialogues,1, www.ccel.org.
[2] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St Benedict of Nursia.”
[3] Benedict XVI, General Audience, April 9, 2008.

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Jul 09, About Today for Tuesday of the 14th week of Ordinary Time

July 9

Saint Augustine Zhao Rong, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Optional Memorial

Today we honor Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and his 119 companions, martyrs of China. In the year 2000, John Paul II canonized these holy men and women who gave their life between 1648 and 1930. Historically, these persecutions began with the invasion of the Fujian region by the Manchu Tartars of Mongolia, continued through the Taiping Rebellion; a civil war accounting for 20-30 million deaths, and culminated in the Boxer Rebellion; the uprising rejecting Western imperialism at the beginning of the 20th century. The Christians martyred throughout this period include 87 native Chinese and 33 foreign missionaries. Saint Augustine Zhao Rong, the first martyred Chinese priest, had earlier witnessed the persecution of Monsignor Dufresse and became ordained because of it. In these martyrs, we shown a fervent faith in a people who, “with just pride preserved their Chinese identity and culture.” [1][2][3]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
[1] Agostino Zhao Rong and 119 Companions, Martyrs in China, Vatican News Services, 2000.
[2] John Paul II, Homily, October 1, 2000.
[3] “120 Martyrs of China,” Catholic News Agency, 2012.
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Jul 06, About Today for Saturday of the 13th week of Ordinary Time

July 6

Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr

Optional Memorial

Saint Maria Goretti was a young girl in the 1890’s. After her father’s passing, Saint Maria’s mother had to return to work while Maria looked after her five brothers and sisters. Sadly, a malicious neighbor took advantage of the situation and little Maria was killed. Saint Maria, at age 11, declared she’d rather die than be abused. She was canonized in 1950 by Pope Pius XII and is the Church’s youngest saint. [1]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
[1] St. Maria Goretti, Catholic News Agency, 2012.
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