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Novena to St. Benedict

The following prayer is repeated for nine days: “O Glorious St. Benedict, sublime model of all virtues, pure vessel of God’s grace! Behold me, humbly kneeling at thy feet. I implore thy loving heart to pray for me before the… Continue Reading →

The tower of Babel – Genesis, Chapter 11

The confusion of tongues. The genealogy of Sem down to Abram. [1] And the earth was of one tongue, and of the same speech. [2] And when they removed from the east, they found a plain in the land of… Continue Reading →

The Genealogy of the children of Noe – Genesis, Chapter 10

[1] These are the generations of the sons of Noe: Sem, Cham, and Japheth: and unto them sons were born after the flood. [2] The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Thubal, and Mosoch, and… Continue Reading →

God blesseth Noe – Genesis, Chapter 9

[1] And God blessed Noe and his sons. And he said to them: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth. [2] And let the fear and dread of you be upon all the beasts of the earth, and upon all… Continue Reading →

The Deluge Ceaseth – Genesis, Chapter 8

[1] And God remembered Noe, and all the living creatures, and all the cattle which were with him in the ark, and brought a wind upon the earth, and the waters were abated. [2] The fountains also of the deep,… Continue Reading →

The deluge overflows the earth – Genesis, Chapter 7

[1] And the Lord said to him: Go in thou and all thy house into the ark: for thee I have seen just before me in this generation. [2] Of all clean beasts take seven and seven, the male and… Continue Reading →

Noah is commanded to build the ark – Genesis, Chapter 6

[1] And after that men began to be multiplied upon the earth, and daughters were born to them, [2] The sons of God seeing the daughters of men, that they were fair, took to themselves wives of all which they… Continue Reading →

The genealogy, age, and death of the Patriarchs, from Adam to Noe – Genesis, Chapter 5

[1] This is the book of the generation of Adam. In the day that God created man, he made him to the likeness of God. [2] He created them male and female; and blessed them: and called their name Adam,… Continue Reading →

The Secret of the Rosary, Second Rose

Since the Holy Rosary is composed, principally and in substance, of the Prayer of Christ and the Angelic Salutation, that is, the Our Father and the Hail Mary, it was without doubt the first prayer and the first devotion of… Continue Reading →

The Secret of the Rosary, First Rose

The rosary is made up of two things: mental prayer and vocal prayer. In the Holy Rosary mental prayer is none other than the meditation of the chief mysteries of the life, death and glory of Jesus Christ and of… Continue Reading →

1st Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 1

He reproveth their dissensions about their teachers. The world was to be saved by preaching of the cross, and not by human wisdom or eloquence. [1] Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,… Continue Reading →

On The Love of Jesus Christ For Us – Sermon of St. Alphonsus

Sermon 4 ~ Fourth Sunday Of Advent ~ On The Love Of Jesus Christ For Us, And On Our Obligations To Love Him  “And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Luke iii. 6.   THE Saviour of the world,… Continue Reading →

Gospel of St. Luke, Introduction

St. Luke was a native of Antioch, the capital of Syria. He was by profession a physician; and some ancient writers say, that he was very skillful in painting. He was converted by St. Paul and became his disciple and… Continue Reading →

Obstacles to Consent (MT #12)

The obstacles to consent are all those factors that take away or lessen the voluntariness of an act. Thus, the actual obstacles that affect the intellect are reduced to ignorance, spoken of above; those that affect the will are passion… Continue Reading →

Kinds of Voluntary Acts (MT #11)

A voluntary act is free or necessary, according as one can or cannot abstain from it. The vision of God in heaven is voluntary to the blessed, since they look at Him knowingly and gladly; but it is not free,… Continue Reading →

Knowledge Requisite for a Human Act (MT #10)

Knowledge Requisite for a Human Act An act is human, or voluntary, when it is deliberately desired; and, since nothing can be deliberately desired unless it is known, an act done without knowledge is not human or voluntary. Thus, a… Continue Reading →

Acts as Human (MT #9)

(Summa Theologica, I-II, qq. 6-17.) Human acts are a means to man’s Last End, inasmuch as they are meritorious: Labors that deserve a recompense (I Cor., iii. 8) Struggles that deserve a crown (II Tim., ii. 5). But works are… Continue Reading →

Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, September 10

Confessor. Glory of the Order of Hermits of Saint Augustine, Saint Nicholas is one of the most miraculous Saints in the Church. But the greatest of his miracles was putting an end to the Great Western schism. V/. Saint Nicholas… Continue Reading →

Commemoration of Saint Gorgonius of Nicomedia, September 9

Martyr. Employed in Diocletian’s imperial palace, he converted all his companions to the faith. In the end, he and Doroteo, hanged and torn apart, their entrails split open and sprinkled with vinegar and salt, were grilled and finally slaughtered. V/…. Continue Reading →

Saint Adrian of Nicomedia, September 8

Martyr. He was pagan; But he was fortunate enough to marry a very fervent Christian girl, Natalia, who converted him to the faith, and soon struggled for martyrdom, without separating from him in prison or in torment. When they said… Continue Reading →

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