The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste

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The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste

(† 320)

The Forty Martyrs were soldiers quartered at Sebaste in Armenia, about the year 320. When their legion was ordered to offer sacrifice to idols, they refused to betray the faith of their baptism, and replied to all persuasive efforts, We are Christians! When neither cajolings or threats could change them, after several days of imprisonment they were chained together and taken to the site of execution. It was a cruel winter, and they were condemned to lie without clothing on the icy surface of a pond in the open air until they froze to death. Continue reading

Saint Dominic Savio

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Saint Dominic Savio


Saint Dominic Savio was born in Riva di Chieri, Italy, on April 2, 1842. He looked so frail and weak on the morning of his birth that his father rushed him that same evening to the parish church for Baptism. But Dominic survived and began serving Mass when he was five years old, one of his greatest joys. He was often seen at five o’clock in the morning in front of the church on his knees in rain or snow, waiting for the doors to be opened. On the occasion of his First Holy Communion he made the resolution to die rather than sin, as he had frequently expressed his determination and ambition to become a Saint.
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Meditations for Each Day of Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesday After the Second Sunday

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Meditations for Each Day of Lent by St. Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday After the Second Sunday

The Passion of Christ brought about our salvation because it was a meritorious act

They shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to be mocked, and scourged and crucified.–Matt. xx. 19.

Grace was given to Christ not only as to a particular person, but also as far as He is the head of the Church, in order that the grace might pass over from Him to His members. And the good works Christ performed, therefore, stand in this same way in relation to Him and to His members, as the good works of any other man in a state of grace stand to himself. Continue reading