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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.

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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.

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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)

St. Albert the Great

img-saint-albert-the-greatSt. Albert, philosopher, theologian, scientist and most learned man of his time, was born about 1206 and died at Cologne in 1280. He entered the Order of Preachers and has as a pupil St. Thomas Aquinas. His scientific activity embraced: astronomy, cosmography, meteorology, climatology, physics, mechanics, architecture, zoology, botany, agriculture, navigation, and the textile arts, and besides, he compiled an encyclopedia of the learning of his day.

In 1260 he was consecrated Bishop of Regensburg, but resigned after two years. He is known in the schools as the “Universal Doctor.” He was beatified in 1622, canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church on January 9, 1932.

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

St. Josaphat

St_Josaphat_Saint_of_RutheniaSt. Josaphat was a monk of the Order of St. Basil, and afterward Archbishop of Polotsk, in Poland. His labors for the union of the Ruthenian Church with that of Rome were almost incredible. After a youth of singular innocence mortified by voluntary penance, Josaphat, remembering the powerful support lent to the orthodox cause by the monastic orders, entered religion and with the help of Velamin Rutski, devoted himself to the restoration of the rule of St. Basil.

As Superior of a monastery the saint had succeeded in keeping his disciples free from any schismatic taint: so, too, as metropolitan he devoted himself to the conquest of error with ardent and enlightened charity. He gave to all the example of a holy life, and labored for souls by preaching, by teaching the catechism, and by the distribution of controversial works. As a result of his zeal many schismatics were reconciled to the Catholic Church. His opponents at last resolved to take his life, and he suffered martyrdom at their hands with great courage and serenity at the age of 43.

In 1642, Urban VIII placed his name in the ranks of the Blessed, and Pius IX, on June 29, 1867, on the occasion of the centenary of the Princes of the Apostles, canonized the zealous champion of the Primary of the Roman Church. The Ruthenians celebrate his feast on September 16.

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