Welcome!

This Society is focused on  fostering, reinforcing and promoting traditional Catholic principles in society. Each day on this page, you’ll find the Saints of the Day as reflected in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.  Read more about our mission and beliefs here.

Advertisements

Two Columns

On May 30, 1862, Don Bosco narrated the following dream. It concerns the battles of the Church against many adversaries, the sufferings of the Pope and the final triumph through devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to Mary, Help of Christians.

The painting below, created by Matthew Brooks, is used with permission. It depicts one of the forty dreams of St. John Bosco. In it, two ships battled in a violent sea. Within this depiction is a stunning amount of symbolism.

bosco1-larger-image

Continue reading

Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul

dedication-basilica-sts-peter-and-paulThe two basilicas of the apostles were held in great veneration from the earliest times. The priest Caius, declared against heretics: “I can show you the trophies of the Apostles; for if you will go to the Vatican on the Ostian Way you will find the trophies of those who founded this Church.” Acceding to the request of Pope Sylvester, Constantine undertook to make the sanctuaries at the tombs of these apostles correspond externally with their importance in the eyes of the whole Christian world. He erected the ancient Basilica of St. Peter on the Vatican and that of St. Paul outside the walls. On November 9, the Dedication of the Basilica of the Saviour at Rome; on November 18, that of the Basilicas of the Apostles is celebrated. The reason for determining November 18 is unknown. It would appear as though these dedications occurring within a few days of each other had been fixed by some conventional arrangement.

The present St. Peter”s is on the site of the ancient church, marking the spot where St. Peter was martyred and buried. It was built in the Sixteenth Century when Pope Julius II and Leo X engaged Bramante and Michael Angelo to construct what is now the most vast and the richest church in the world. The new Church was consecrated by Urban VIII on November 18, 1626.

In 1823 the Basilica of St. Paul was almost wholly destroyed by fire, which spared only that part of the Church were the altar of the Apostle stands under the triumphant arch of Leo the Great. It was rebuilt by the efforts of successive Popes and reconsecrated by Pius IX on December 10, 1854.

So by the wonderful dispensation of Providence it came to pass that the Catholic Church celebrates annually the dedication of the four patriarchal basilicas at Rome: that of the Savior, of St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Mary Major. As each diocese commemorates the encoenia of its own cathedral, so the whole Catholic world celebrates annually the dedication of the fourfold Papal Cathedral, and this festival is symbolical of the fact that in spite of the limits established to each diocese the Church of Christ is one, and is founded on Peter, who continues to feed his lambs from the seven hills, and to rule over the flock of Christ throughout the earth.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

St. Gregory Thaumaturgus

st-gregory-thaumaturgusGregory was born at Neocaesarea in Pontus about the year 213, and in his early youth was a disciple of Origen, whom he praised in an enthusiastic panegyric. Having been made bishop of his native city, he converted it from idolatry to the true Faith, working a number of miracles, on account of which he received the title of wonder worker. He died during the reign of Aurelian between 270 and 275, and the whole of Pontus, according to St. Basil, venerated his memory with the greatest devotion as that of a teacher of the faith.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

St. Gertrude

st_gertrude_the_greatSt. Gertrude was born in Eisleben in Upper Saxony, 1256. At the age of five she was an oblate in the Benedictine Convent at Rodalsdorf, over which convent she ruled for forty years as Abbess. The Roman Breviary states that she died in 1334 “consumed rather by the ardor of her love than by disease.” At the age of twenty-five she was favored with celestial visions, and towards the end of her life she received the stigmata. At God”s command she recorded her revelations in her wonderful book called Communications and Sentiments of Love.

The mission of this celebrated Benedictine nun in the Thirteenth Century was very similar to that of Margaret Mary Alacoque, which indeed she recognized and foretold in a prophetic showing. Her mystical life was lived in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; she is pictured with a flaming heart in her hand. When she spoke of Christ and the mysteries of His adorable life, her words were sweeter than honey and the honeycomb; her spirit was ever serene and radiant. Jesus revealed to her His Heart as a mystery of grace and love, rather than as an abyss of sorrow. She was not called to the special vocation of victim for the sins of the world, as was St. Margaret Alacoque.

A member of an order which for more than seven centuries had been the heir of patristic tradition and in which the Liturgy was almost exclusively the source of spiritual life, Gertrude conceived devotion to the Sacred Heart not as a separate devotion, but as a deeper intelligence of the great all-embracing mystery of Christ living again in the Church by means of the Catholic Liturgy.

On one occasion while listening to the beating of the Heart of Jesus, she asked St. John the Evangelist why he had not made known in his Gospel the treasures of light and mercy revealed to him during his mystic repose on the Savior”s Heart at the Last Supper. John replied that this new and touching revelation would be made later when the world had reached the depths of malice, and that in order to rescue it God would employ the last resources of His invincible love.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)