Saint Scholastica, Sister of Benedict

February 10 – St. Scholastica, Sister of Benedict – “She who has leisure to devote to study”. According to tradition, the twin sister of Benedict, she led some form of consecrated life with a group of Christian women. Gregory tells us that yearly she journeyed to meet her brother at a house midway between...

Terce on Sunday

Sunday at Terce – Short Lesson and Verse – God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. ~1 John 4: 16 V. You have been my helper, cast me not off, R. Forsake me not, O God of my salvation!

Terce on Saturday

Saturday at Terce – I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight. Let me live, that I may praise you, and let your ordinances help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments. ~Psalm 119:174-176

Terce on Friday

Friday at Terce – Your decrees are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. With open mouth I pant, because I long for your commandments. ~Psalm 119: 129-131

The Martyrs of Japan

February 5 – The Martyrs of Japan (RC Feb 6) – Paul Miki, Jesuit scholastic, and his twenty-five companions, including two other Jesuits, six Franciscans, fifteen tertiaries, and two laymen, were crucified by order of the ruler Hideyoshi Feb. 5, 1597 at Nagasaki; among them, the Mexican Felipe de Jesus, the first martyr from...

Terce on Tuesday

Tuesday at Terce – The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. ~Psalm 119:57-58

Saint Ansgar, Archbishop of Hamburg

Feb. 3 – St. Ansgar – Archbishop of Hamburg, Missionary to Denmark and Sweden – (8 September 801 – 3 February 865) – The “apostle of the north” (Scandinavia) had enough frustrations to become a saint—and he did. He directed new apostolic activities in the North, traveling to Denmark and being instrumental in the...

The Presentation of Our Lord

February 2 – The Presentation of Our Lord – Counting forward from December 25 as Day One, we find that Day Forty is February 2. A Jewish woman is in semi-seclusion for 40 days after giving birth to a son, and accordingly it is on February 2 that we celebrate the coming of Mary...

The Presentation of Our Lord

February 2 – The Presentation of Our Lord – Also called “The Presentation of Christ in the Temple and the Purification of Mary. It marks the official end of the Christmas season and at St. Augustine’s House, the last decorations will be taken down after this. Its nickname, “Candlemas” comes from the fact that...