Thursday, February 16, 2017


'Tis the feast of Saint Juliana of Nicomedia, Martyr (died circa 304, A.K.A. of Cumae), martyred in the reign of the emperor Maximian: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the feast of Saint John Scholasticus, Bishop (died 577, A.K.A. John III), Patriarch of Constantinople: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the feast of Blessed Philippa Mareri, Abbess, O.S.C. (circa 1195-1236): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the feast of Blessed Nicola Paglia, Priest, O.P. (1197-1256): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: The contemporaneous lives of Bls. Philippa Mareri & Nicola Paglia—both religious, both Italians (not that Italy was a united polity at the time)—remind me that the Franciscan Order & the Dominican Order were both founded at the same period—1209 & 1216, respectively—in the same moment when the Church was in desperate need of renewal.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Book of Genesis, chapter nine, verses one thru thirteen;
Psalm One Hundred Two, verses sixteen thru twenty-three & twenty-nine;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter eight, verses twenty-seven thru thirty-three.

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