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"The Vision of St. Stephen"

To celebrate the feast day of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, on Dec. 26, his namesake, Br. Stephen J., MIC, composed an epic poem.

'With God’s help you will find time to do it all': St. Peter Canisius

Saint Peter Canisius, Doctor of the Church (feast day: Dec. 21), travelled more than 20,000 miles on horseback during his years of ministry and essentially renewed the Catholic faith in Germany. When he was once criticized for doing too much, he responded, “If you have too much to do, with God’s help you will find time to do it all.” 

'O Antiphons' intensify preparation for Christmas 

The ancient tradition of singing the “O Antiphons” during the Liturgy of the Hours and in place of the Alleluia verse at Mass begins on Dec. 17 and continues through Dec. 23. Each O Antiphon combines a laudatory invocation of the expected Messiah with a petition for His coming as Savior on Christmas Day.

Pray to our Patroness, and pray for the USA!

Did you know that Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast day is Dec. 12, is the Patroness of America? Not just one part - not just North or South America, but the whole continent of the New World. She is also the Star of the New Evangelization, Patroness of the Unborn, and the Queen of All Hearts.

Happy Birthday to the Marian Fathers!

December 11 is the anniversary of the founding of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. On this day in 1670, St. Stanislaus Papczyński left the Piarist order and made his oblatio, his self-offering, to defend the Immaculate Conception.

One of the greatest Marian Helpers: St. Juan Diego

On Dec. 9, we celebrate the feast of a simple Indian peasant who gazed upon the beautiful Mother of God on a hilltop in Mexico and followed, without objection, her instructions to bring the Good News to the world.

Why We Celebrate the Immaculate Conception

On Dec. 8, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (a Holy Day of Obligation), God’s greatest act of mercy for any human being — God preserved Mary, His mother, from inheriting any stain of original sin.

Advent is under way

“Now, before we start, perhaps Br. Josh would be willing to start us off with some thoughts about Advent?” Fr. Drake asked, before a group of RCIA candidates.

One of the 'Original Four': St. Ambrose

On Dec. 7, we celebrate the feast of St. Ambrose, one of the “original four” Doctors of the Church, along with Sts. Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome.

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