The Confession of Saint Peter

January 18 – The Confession of St. Peter – (RC January 22) – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins – Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that...

Saint Anthony of Egypt

January 17 – St. Anthony of Egypt – A story of the Desert Fathers: There were two old men who dwelt together for many years and who never quarreled. Then one said to the other: “Let us pick a quarrel with each other like other men do.” “I do not know how quarrels arise,”...

Saint Anthony of Egpyt

January 17 – St. Anthony of Egypt, Abbot – St. Anthony was the first Christian to live a life of consecrated solitude and is often called “The Father of All Monks.” As a hermit in the desert he lived a long and saintly life that influenced countless people both in his time and for...

Saint Maurus & Saint Placid

January 15 – St. Maurus and St. Placid – Skipped from yesterday – Maurus, son of a nobleman of Rome, was born about the year 510 and died in 584. When he was about twelve years old, his father placed him under the care of St. Benedict at Subiaco. When he had grown up,...

Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist

December 27 – St. John, Apostle and Evangelist – Born in Bethsaida, he was called while mending his nets to follow Jesus. He became the beloved disciple of Jesus. He wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles and the Apocalypse. His passages on the pre-existence of the Word, who by His Incarnation became the light...

Saint Stephen, Deacon & Martyr

December 26 – St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr One of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr. Of the seven deacons, Stephen, is the first mentioned and the best known. At his death, the praying martyr was thrown down; and while the witnesses were thrusting upon him “a stone as much as two...

Saint John of the Cross, Renewer of the Church

December 14 – St. John of the Cross – (1542-1591) Spanish mystic, Carmelite friar and priest. After John joined the Carmelite order, Saint Teresa of Avila asked him to help her reform the movement. His life of poverty and persecution could have produced a bitter cynic. Instead it gave birth to a compassionate mystic,...

Saint Ambrose

December 7 – St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan An Advent hymn, words by Ambrose. Martin Luther based his Nun Komm, der Heiden heiland (Savior of the nations, come) on it. Veni redemptor gentium 1-Redeemer of the nations, come; reveal yourself in virgin birth, the birth which ages all adore, a wondrous birth, befitting God....

Saint Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

December 7 – St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan – (c. between 337 and 340 – 4 April 397) A bishop of Milan and one of the most influential ecclesiastical figures of the 4th century. He was one of the four original doctors of the Church. Ambrosian chant was named in his honor; he is...

Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra

December 6 – St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra – Saint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος, Hagios Nicolaos ) (270–6 December 343), was a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known...