Sunday, November 12. Twentyfourth Sunday after Pentecost. St. Martin I.
The church of St. Martin in Rome enshrines the relics of its famous patron, a Pope of the seventh century. Love of the poor, and a constant warfare against heretics, marked St. Martin's life. More than once that life was attempted by his enemies, and the saint was seized and carried away into exile and captivity, first to the /Egean islands, afterwards to Constantinople, and finally to the Crimea, where he died in A.D. 655, after years of suffering.
it101idily, November 13. St. Didacus. Spain supplies to-day's saint, a fifteenthcentury Franciscan laybrother. Born at Seville, this follower of St. Francis worked in the Canary Islands and afterwards in his native land. His life of great holiness closed at Castile in 1463, and was followed by the many miracles, at his tomb, which led to his canonisation.
Tuesday, November 14. St. Josaphat.
In St. Josaphat (1584-1623) we have a Polish saint, martyred by schismatics in Lithuania, where he had been appointed to the Archbishopric of Polotsk. St. Josaphat's life of prayer and penance was passed in labour to bring about union of the Easterns with the Holy See, and he was the first Oriental prelate to be formally canonised in Rome.
aednesday, November 15. St. Albert the Great.
Among the most renowned of the medieval school men is St. Albert the Great, Doctor of the Church. His fame in the Dominican Order, as philosopher and theologian, is second only to that of his pupil St. Thomas
Aquinas. St. Albert spent three years as Bishop of Ratisbon, in Bavaria; from that office he was allowed to retire to the house of his Order at Cologne, where he died.
BB. Richard Whiting, Roger James, and John Thorne, 0.S.B., martyred at Glastonbury; BB. Hugh Faringclon, 0.&B., John Eynon, and John Rugg, martyred at Reading. AU in 1589.
Thursday, November 16. St. Gertrude. In Scotland, St. Margaret.
St. Gertrude was a Benedictine nun of • great learning, traditionally a native of Saxony, whose period was the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Some writers have suggested that she was sister to St. Mechtilde, one of the first to propagate devotion to the Sacred Heart.
Scotland honours on this day her great Queen and national Patroness St. Margaret (11th century), whose piety produced a number of religious foundations, among them the celebrated abbey of Dunfermline.
Friday, November 17. St. Gregory Thaumaturgus.
The word the/mat/ayes signifies
" wonder-worker." It is bestowed upon this particular St. Gregory on account of the power given to him, as reward for faith, to work marvellous miracles, The apostolic work of St. Gregory as a bishop, in the third century, changed the religious complexion of his native city, Neo-Caesaria, from that of a place with only three Christians in it to one holding all but three of a Christian population this in the saint's own lifetime.
Saturday, November 18. Dedication of the Basilicas of SS. Peter and Paul.