"We should remember, in all the controversies in which we engage, to treat our opponents as if they were acting in good faith, even if they seem to us to be acting out of spite or self-interest." St. John Fisher
“Adam and Eve were created upright and sinless, and had a large measure of God’s grace bestowed upon them. In consequence, their bodies would never have crumbled into dust, had they not sinned. If Eve, the beautiful daughter of God, never would have become dust and ashes unless she had sinned, shall we not say that Mary, having never sinned, retained the gift which Eve by sinning lost? … Therefore we believe that, though she died for a short hour, as did our Lord himself, yet like him, and by his almighty power, she was raised again from the grave.”
—St. John Henry Newman, p. 259
Liturgy of the Hours
Divine OfficeOffice of Readings
"In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for thou alone, O Lord, makest me dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8
Saint of the Day
St. Oswald of Worcester (d. 992) was born into a Danish family, but was raised from a young age in England by his uncle, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He received much of his schooling in France and it was there where he, desiring a stricter life of asceticism, took his monastic vows with the Benedictines. After returning to England he worked with the Archbishop of York and was made Bishop of Worcester in 961, and later Archbishop of York in 972. He is most remembered as a fervent supporter of church and monastic reforms. He invited many religious communities into the diocese, founded his own monasteries, and worked generously with the poor. His daily custom during Lent was to wash the feet of the poor. It was in this service that he died on February 29th in the year 992. His feast day is February 29th.Find a Devotional for this Saint
Month of the Passion
Devotion of the Month
The month of February is traditionally dedicated to the Passion of Our Lord in anticipation of the liturgical season of Lent. In this month, we begin to meditate on the mystery of Jesus’ sufferings which culminated in his death on the Cross for the redemption of mankind. Saints who had a special devotion to Christ’s passion include St. Francis of Assisi, who was the first known saint to receive the stigmata; St. John of the Cross; St. Bridget of Sweden; and St. Catherine of Siena.Find a Devotional or Sacramental
Prayer for the Dead
In your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
deliver them now from every evil and bid them eternal rest.
The old order has passed away: welcome them into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy
Spirit forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Prayer for the Holy Father
Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant, Pope Francis, our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him, according to Thy loving kindness, in the way of eternal salvation; that, of Thy gift, he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto Thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen. Our Father. Hail Mary.