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Remembering the Holy Innocents

"The Flight to Egypt" (detail) by Carl Spitzweg

On the fourth day of our Christmas celebration, the Church reminds us that not everyone is joyful; that there exist those who are not of goodwill who do not wish to receive the season’s glad tidings. Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents in which the Church recalls and honors those baby boys whose lives were taken in a […]

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

“These then, whom Herod’s cruelty tore as sucklings from their mothers’ bosom, are justly hailed as ‘infant martyr flowers’; they were the Church’s first blossoms, matured by the frost of persecution during the cold winter of unbelief.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of Grace) The Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs, is December 28. The Memorial of […]

Encountering the Word — Matthew 2:16-18

Photography © by Andy Coan

“Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

“These then, whom Herod’s cruelty tore as sucklings from their mothers’ bosom, are justly hailed as ‘infant martyr flowers’; they were the Church’s first blossoms, matured by the frost of persecution during the cold winter of unbelief.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of Grace) August 28 is the Memorial of St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354 – […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine

“These then, whom Herod’s cruelty tore as sucklings from their mothers’ bosom, are justly hailed as ‘infant martyr flowers’; they were the Church’s first blossoms, matured by the frost of persecution during the cold winter of unbelief.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of Grace) August 28 is the Memorial of St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354 – […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Francis Fernandez

Christ on the Cross (detail) by Velazquez

“But little or great, suffering accepted and offered to Our Lord produces peace and serenity. When it is not accepted, the soul is out of tune and its internal rebellion is shown externally in gloom or bad temper. We have to make a conscious decision to take up and carry the little Cross of every day with determination. Suffering can […]

Crucial Lessons from the Epiphany

“THE NATIVITY” (GERBURT CHRISTI DETAIL) BY FRANZ VON ROHDEN

We have heard the story of the Epiphany — the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles represented by the wise men — so many times that the truly remarkable aspects of it, and their meaning, can be lost on us. That’s why today I would like to focus on three aspects of the account of today’s Gospel, so that we […]