Saint Irenaeus

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Saint Irenaeus

Doctor of the Church, Bishop and Martyr
(120-202)

Saint Irenaeus was born in the year 120; he was of the Greek tongue, and probably a native of Asia Minor. His parents, who were Christians, placed him while still young under the care of the great Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. It was in this holy school that he learned the sacred science which later made him a great ornament of the Church and the terror of her enemies. Saint Polycarp cultivated his rising genius and formed his mind to piety by his precepts and example, and the zealous young scholar was careful to reap all advantages offered him by the solicitude of such a master. Such was his veneration for his tutor’s sanctity that he observed all the acts and virtues he saw in that holy man, the better to copy his example and learn his spirit. He listened to his instructions with an insatiable ardor, and so deeply did he engrave them in his heart that the impressions remained vivid even in his old age. In order to confound the heresies of his age, this Doctor of the Church acquainted himself with the conceits of the pagan philosophers, and thereby became qualified to trace every error to its sources and set it in its full light. By his writings he was already known to Tertullian, Theodoret and Saint Epiphanus, who speak of him as a luminous torch of truth in the darkness of those times.
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INSTRUCTION ON THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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INSTRUCTION ON THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

The Church’s Year
Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine

INTROIT The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the protector of my life: of whom shall I be afraid? My enemies that trouble me have themselves been weakened and have fallen. If armies in camp should stand together against me, my heart shall not fear. (Ps. XXVI. 1-3.) Glory be to the Father, etc.

COLLECT Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that both the course of the world may be peaceably ordered for us by Thy governance, and that Thy Church may rejoice in tranquil devotion. Through etc. Continue reading

Our Lady of Perpetual

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Our Lady of Perpetual

My name is Mother of Perpetual Help. No century or country can claim me. I belong to all ages and all peoples.

Many names have been given to me. I have been called the “Virgin of the Passion,” “the Golden Madonna,” the Mother of the Redemptorist Missionaries, the Mother of Catholic homes.”

The name of my own choosing is “Mother of Perpetual Help.” It is also the name by which Pope Pius IX requested the Redemptorist Missionaries to make me known.
My story is of how Heaven hallows human happenings for purposes Divine. It is a history of a straight line drawn through human history.

It is the story of an unknown artist, a repentant thief, a curious little girl, an abandoned church, and old religious and a Pope.

And above all, it is the story of my presence in the apostolic life of the Missionaries of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Continue reading

Saints John and Paul

Saints John and Paul

Martyrs
(† 362)

These two Saints were brothers and were officers of the Roman army in the days of Constantine the Great. They served in the house of Constance, daughter of Constantine, who was consecrated to God; their virtues and services to her father rendered them very dear to her. They would soon glorify God by a great moral victory; after despising the honors of the world, they triumphed by their martyrdom over its threats and torments.
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Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

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Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Instituted by Benedict XV on 9 November 1921, Pope Benedict XV instituted the feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to be celebrated on the Thursday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart with a Proper Mass and Office. The feast continues to be celebrated in some places and by some communities, notably by the Redemptorists who maintain it in their Proper Calendar. In instituting the feast, Pope Benedict XV wrote: Continue reading