The tragedy of the Cross is the greatest tragedy in the history of the world. It stands alone in its personnel, scope, and purpose. No other may compare with it. The human and the Divine in the person of the great Victim mingle equally in its composition. Just as its scope is seen to range from eternity to eternity, its high purpose includes the vindication and satisfaction of Divine Justice–the undoing of world sin and the restoration of fallen man to his long, lost heritage.
The clouds that hung on the brow of Calvary darkened the universe, obscuring even from the Divine Christ the vision of the heavenly Father. When the loved Master, hanging on the cross, spoke the words which concluded the tragedy, Consummatum est, there was accomplished a work infinite in character and value, because it was the deed of an Infinite God. It was an act of supreme mercy, and of love so potent as to empty the Divine Heart of Its treasures.
All the race that had gone before looked forward to the great tragedy; and all of us since then turn to it as our only hope. The cross lifted on Calvary divided the ages, and stands and shall stand for all time on the highest point of the Great Divide. Men that struggle upwards toward it are struggling toward the Light. Indeed, since that flaming symbol was lifted by the sacrifice and love of Christ, all progress must by it be measured, and all truth tested, as by it, also, all men and all men’s lives shall be judged.
We who should stand by the cross, we who revere and worship Him Who died thereon, have the task and the duty to bring back, to set up anew, the precious symbol; to lift it high above the crowns of kings, the ambitions of statesmen, the greed of nations, and the hearts of men.
–Bishop John Glennon, 1921
The Month of February is Dedicated to the Passion of Our Lord
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST – Saint Brigid of Ireland, known as “the Mary of the Gaels,” is revered with Saint Patrick as one of the pillars of the Irish people. Feastday of Sister Brigid Mary, MICM.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND – Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Candlemas. Today’s solemnity is appropriate for the blessing of candles, because on this day Mary made an offering in the temple and presented her Son. The holy Simeon prophesied that He would be “a light to the revelation of the Gentiles.” High Mass and Procession at 8:30 a.m.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD – Saint Blaise. Once, there was brought to Saint Blaise a young boy who had a fishbone stuck in his throat and was on the point of death. Through the power of God, the saint healed him and for this reason, the faithful receive the blessing of the throat every year on his feast. First Friday.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH – Saint Andrew Corsini. First Saturday.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH – 5TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. The 26 Martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain (or Martyrs’ Hill), overlooking Nagasaki. Included in their number were priests, Franciscan and Jesuit brothers, and members of the Secular Franciscan Order. Many laymen were also martyred, including catechists, doctors, carpenters, simple artisans and servants– some elderly, and some young children. All went to their deaths willingly, certain in their love for Jesus Christ, and in the saving grace and redemption of the Lord.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH – Saint Dorothy was mocked on her way to death by a lawyer who taunted her to send “apples or roses from the garden of her Spouse.” Dorothy promised to grant his request. Just before death, a child stood by her side bearing apples and roses which she bade him take them to the mocker. The lawyer was converted to the Faith and also died a martyr.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH – Saint Josephine Bakhita was a Sudanese-born former slave who became a Canossian Religious Sister in Italy, living and working there for 45 years. In 2000 she was declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH – Saint Scholastica , the twin sister of Benedict of Nursia, is the foundress of the women's branch of Benedictine Monasticism.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH – Our Lady of Lourdes. In 1858 Our Lady appeared 18 times to little Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl, in the grotto of Lourdes called Massabielle. She revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception, and asked that a chapel be built on the site of the vision. Lourdes has become the most famous modern shrine of Our Lady and is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH – SEPTUAGESIMA. Septuagesima Sunday is the third Sunday before Lent, which makes it the ninth Sunday before Easter. Traditionally, this Sunday marked the beginning of preparations for Lent. In the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, starting on Septuagesima Sunday, neither the Alleluia nor the Gloria are sung. They do not return until the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH – Saint Valentine was imprisoned during the reign of emperor Claudius II. During his imprisonment, his jailor, seeing that Valentine was a man of learning, brought his young daughter Julia to him for lessons. Through Valentine, Julia was given the gift of Faith and was cure from her blindness. On the eve of his death Valentine wrote a last note to Julia, urging her to stay close to God. He signed it, "From your Valentine." His sentence was carried out the next day, February 14, 270 A.D. For centuries Saint Valentine's Day, messages of affection, friendship, and devotion are exchanged around the world.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH – Saint Claude de la Columbiere was the brilliant and saintly priest of the Society of Jesus who was the spiritual director and complete supporter of Saint Margaret Mary in establishing devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH – Saint Bernadette Soubirous, was blessed with 18 visions of Our Lady at Lourdes in 1858. The perfectly incorrupt body of this little saint is venerated by the faithful at the Convent of the Sisters of Charity at Nevers, France. Feastday of Sister Marie-Bernard, MICM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH – SEXAGESIMA. Saint Gabinus. IHM Winter Break Feb. 19–25.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH – Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto were the young shepherd children, who, together with their cousin Lucia, were privileged with apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal in 1917. This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions. Review with your family the story and message of Fatima! Feast day of Sister Mary Jacinta, Novice.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST – Saint Robert Southwell, was born in England and entered the Jesuits in Rome. He was ordained a priest and conducted missionary labors in London. Arrested, he remained in jail for three years before being martyred at Tyburn. He is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, canonized in 1970.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND – The Chair of Saint Peter at Antioch. “Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hhell shall not prevail against it.” (Matt. 16:18)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD – Saint Peter Damian was declared a Doctor of the Church due to his zealous spirit, eloquent preaching and voluminous writing.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH – Saint Matthias like all the other apostles, was not chosen by Jesus for what he already was, but for what Jesus foresaw he would become. He was elected not because he was worthy but because he would become worthy. Jesus chooses all of us in the same way. What does Jesus want you to become?
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH – QUINQUAGESIMA. The final Sunday before the start of Lent. Quinquagesima literally means "fiftieth." It is 49 days before Easter, or 50 if you count Easter itself.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH – Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin. After a dissolute youth, Gabriel was led to the Passionist Order by Our Lady, and gave his life up to prayer, sacrifice, and a devotion to Our Lady and the contemplation of her sorrows over the suffering of Jesus. Feastday of Sister Gabriel Marie, Novice.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH – The Holy Face of Jesus.“Look at His adorable Face. Look at His glazed and sunken eyes. Look at His wounds. Look Jesus in the Face. There, you will see how He loves us.” ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux. Set up a shrine to the Holy Face in your home this lent!
WEDNESDAY, March 1ST – ASH WEDNESDAY! Mark your calendar and don’t forget to star Lent right by attending Mass today to receive your ashes! Remember man that thou art dust, and unto dust thou shalt return!
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