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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

St. Charles Borromeo


Ordinary Time: November 4th


St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) was a member of a noble family and a nephew of Pope Pius IV. He was made a Cardinal at the age of 23 and assisted the pope in administering the affairs of the Holy See and in governing the Church. Soon thereafter, he was made Archbishop of Milan. His endeavors on behalf of the 19th Ecumenical Council of Trent (1545-1564) were especially meritorious and fruitful. He helped to direct and guide it and bring it to a successful conclusion. He then proceeded to enforce its decrees in the Archdiocese of Milan and thoroughly reformed Catholic life in his See. During a plague, he walked barefooted in the public streets, carrying a cross, with a rope around his neck, offering himself as a victim to God for the transgressions of his people.

High milk diet 'may not cut risk of bone fractures'


28 October 2014 


Drinking lots of milk may not lower the risk of fracturing bones, a study in the British Medical Journal suggests.

The research, conducted in Sweden, showed women who drank more than three glasses a day were actually more likely to break bones than those who had less.

The researchers cautioned that their work only suggested a trend and should not be interpreted as proof that high milk consumption caused fractures.

Factors such as alcohol and weight were likely to play a role, they said.  (...)

Monday, November 3, 2014

St. Martin de Porres


Ordinary Time: November 3rd


Today the Church celebrates the optional memorial of St. Martin de Porres, religious, who lived a life of fasting, prayer and penance as a Dominican lay brother. He was born in Peru of a Spanish knight and a Negro woman from Panama. Martin inherited the features and dark complexion of his mother, and for that reason his noble father eventually turned the boy out of his house. After a turn as a surgeon's apprentice, the young man joined the Dominicans as a laybrother and was put in charge of the infirmary of a friary in Lima. Soon he was caring for the sick of the city and the slaves brought to Peru from Africa — not to mention the animals, with which he is often pictured. Martin had the gift of miracles; and although he had no formal training, he was often consulted on theological questions by great churchmen of his day. St. Rose of Lima and Bl. John Massias were among his close friends. He is unofficially called the patron of social justice.

All Saints, Poland, 75 years ago

Orlande de Lassus
Iustorum animæ (cf. Missa Omnium Sanctorum, Offert.)


Father Leon Nowakowski graduated from the Theological Seminary in Wloclawek, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1937. He continued his theological studies in Lublin and at the Pontifical Gregorian University. At the outbreak of World War II, Father Nowakowski was spending his summer vacation in his native Byton, Poland. After the invading Germans arrested the local Parish Priest, Father Nowakowski took over his duties.

On October 24, 1939, Nowakowski was arrested by the Gestapo on his way to a Rosary devotional exercise and was taken to Piotrkow Kujawski. On the eve of All Saints, 1939, a Nazi platoon gathered all those imprisoned at Piotrkow Kujawski and had them shot. The bodies of the victims were buried in a mass grave outside the city.

(Father Nowakowski, 1913-1939, was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1999.)