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.
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.
Below are the Saints of the Day as reflected in the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.
The feast of the founder of the Solitaries of Monte Vergine was inserted into the Calendar of the Universal Church by Leo XIII. This monastic Congregation was widely diffused at one time in the South of Italy, but having greatly decreased in numbers it was amalgamated in the second half of the Nineteenth Century, with the Benedictines of Subiaco.
The day of the death of other saints is kept as their feast, and in the case of St. John the Baptist the day of his birth is celebrated, as having taken place amidst the outpouring of gifts of the Paraclete. The feast is celebrated with great liturgical splendor, the stational Mass was celebrated in the Basilica of the Saviour.
In Rome the devotion to St. John centers around the Lateran Basilica where Pope Hilary had erected two oratories, one in honor of St. John the Evangelist and the other in honor of St. John the Baptist. These two oratories became so famous that they gave the name of St. John to the Lateran Basilica itself.
The greatness of St. John the Baptist consists entirely in his mission of preparing the way for Jesus Christ. Therefore, he did not live for himself, but for Christ and for His greater glory. This is genuine humility, the foundation of all true greatness before God.
(Source: The New Roman Missal by Father Lasance)