Daily archives:January 2, 2018

  • Genevieve  was born at Nanterre, near Paris. St. Germanus, when passing through, specially noticed a little shepherdess, and predicted her future sanctity. At seven years of age she made a vow of perpetual chastity. After the death of her parents, Paris became her abode; but she often travelled on[...]
  • FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS (Sunday after the Octave of the Nativity or January 2) Who instituted this festival? Pope Innocent XIII in the year 1721 commanded that the most Holy Name of Jesus should be solemnly honored throughout the Catholic world. St. Bernard, with the sanction of the A[...]
  • In the Introit of the Mass of this day the Church exhorts us to a joyous adoration of Christ by the following words: INTROIT Upon a high throne I saw a man sitting, whom a multitude of angels adore singing together: behold Him the name of whose empire is to eternity (Is. 6). Sing joyfully to God, a[...]
  • by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  Where is He that is born King of the Jews?"--Matt, ii, 2 It was desired that the promised Messiah should be an heir of the throne of David, as the Lord declared by the mouth of His prophets. This promise was also well known to the scribes, for when He[...]
  • by St. Alphonsus Liguori Jesus is born poor in a stable; the angels of heaven indeed acknowledge Him, but men abandon and forsake Him on earth. Only a few shepherds come and pay Him homage. But our Redeemer was desirous of communicating to us the grace of His redemption, and begins therefor[...]