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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

MEMORIAL OF ST. FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI

The dioceses in the United States celebrate the memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the virgin, on November 13. This Italian-born saint was the first United States citizen to be canonized. St. Frances' missionary spirit was awakened in her as a little girl when her father read stories of the missions to his children. She helped the pastor teach catechism and visited the sick and the poor. She also taught school in a nearby town, and for six years supervised an orphanage assisted by a group of young women.


St. Frances came to America in as a missionary and founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children in schools and hospitals. The orphanage she established set out a lifework that comprised the alleviation of every human need. St. Frances also erected erected schools, kindergartens, clinics, orphanages, and foundling homes for the children. Shew even constructed a numbers of hospitals for the needy sick.


Frail and diminutive as she is, St. Frances showed such energy and enterprise that everyone marveled. She crossed the Atlantic twenty-five times to visit the various houses and institutions. In 1909 she adopted the United States as her country and became a citizen. After thirty-seven years of unflagging labor and heroic charity she died alone in a chair in Columbus Hospital at Chicago, Illinois, while making dolls for orphans in a preparation for a Christmas party. At her death over five thousand children were receiving care in her charitable institutions, and at the same time her community had grown to five hundred members in seventy houses in North and South America, France, Spain, and England. Saint Frances is the patron saint of hospital administrators; immigrants and orphans.


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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

February 31
FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES

On this day we also remember and offer prayers for those who are sick and suffering. Read More »

February 17
SEVEN FOUNDERS OF THE ORDERS OF SERVITES

Seven members of Florentine Confraternity founded the Order of Servites of the blessed Virgin Mary. Read More »

February 21
PETER DAMIAN

Bishop and Doctor of the Church. "Let us faithfully transmit to posterity the example of virtue which. Read More »

February 22
CHAIR OF ST. PETER

Since early times, the Roman Church has had a special commemoration of the primatial authority of St. Peter. Read More »

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