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ST. JAMES INTERCISUS

NOVEMBER 27 is the traditional memorial of ST. JAMES INTERCISUS (+c. 421). The story of St James is a very interesting one in the light of the Middle East problems of today. James was a soldier and a favored courtier in the service of King Yazdegerd of Persia. He and his family were Christian. Yazdegerd was well known as a tolerant, peaceful...

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SAINT ALBERT MAGNUS

NOVEMBER 15 is the traditional memorial of ST. ALBERT THE GREAT (+1280). Albert was born before 1200, probably, 1193, likely in Lauingen, Bavaria. His father was a military officer under the Emperor Frederick II. Sent to the University of Padua for his studies, Albert met Blessed Jordan of Saxony, who was looking for exceptional young men to ...

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DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA

"NOVEMBER 9 is the memorial of the DEDICATION OF ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA. As we remember from high school history, Constantine was the emperor of the Western Empire from 306 to 337 AD. His father had been Roman emperor from 305-306. When Constantine took over, he had one major enemy, Maxentius, who was son of the Roman Emperor Maximi...

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PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND THOUGHTS

It was 7:30 am. We were on the coast of Prince Edward Island with a trailer and a one hundred pound dog. And he wanted to go for a walk. I grabbed my rosary and shoved it in my pocket then grabbed his lead and took him out. It was a beautiful sunny morning. Until I looked at the river. It wasn't there! Well, it was, but I could not see ...

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HOW LONG IS MASS?

I guess that our pastor must be reading the catholic365 website! His sermon this weekend could have been taken from these essays! I live in a resort area. We have three seasons: summer, snowmobile and mud seasons. Right now we are in summer and the place is packed with campers, hikers and water park enthusiasts. There are two churches in the tow...

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WAS SIXTUS A POPE?

Although Sixtus is claimed to be a pope by the writings of St. Ireneus and Eusebius, there is not good historical accuracy for that claim. Although it is known that there were bishops in Asia Minor, such as James, in Jerusalem, and Polycarp, in Smyrna, there does not seem to be any indication of the men, listed as pope in the first century aft...

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POPE ALEXANDER I

Alexander is reckoned the fifth pope after St. Peter. As with many persons from the early period of the Church, little is known about Alexander. The most likely scenario is that he was a Roman, some say named after his father. Legend has it that he was born at Caput Tauri, (“head if the bull”) an area of Rome on Esquilline Hill, one of the seven...

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POPE SAINT EVARISTUS

Like the man/God he followed, Evaristus was a Jew, born in Bethlehem. His father, Juda, was of Greek origin, but lived in Bethlehem, only a few miles from the temple in Jerusalem, the goal of all good Jews. Evidently, Juda moved his family from the town, probably just before the Romans destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Little is known about Evari...

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CLETUS, THE THIRD POPE?

There are many transcription and memory mistakes made when a group of people are writing to one another in the middle of a war. The “war” was the intermittent persecution of Christians from Nero to Domitian to Marcus Aurelius and onward until the early 300s. The transcriptions were the chronological order of Roman bishops, who are now seen as po...

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AUGUST 3, MEMORIAL OF ST. PETER JULIAN EYMARD

Named Apostle of the Eucharist by Pope John Paul II, Peter Julian Eymard was born to poverty in France in1811. His mother was a devout woman and took him to adoration often enough that he would go to church on his own by the time he was four. When his mother died, he decided that he wanted to become a priest. But his father prevented him for a t...

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