• Our Lady, Help of Christians. (Historical)
  • Pentecost (2015) – a.k.a. Whitsunday. (Current, Traditional)
  • St. Joanna (85). Martyr. (Historical)
  • Sts. Donatian & Rogation (287). Martyr. (Historical)

THERE lived at Nantes an illustrious young nobleman named Donatian, who, having received the holy sacrament of regeneration, led a most edifying life, and strove with much zeal to convert others to faith in Christ. His elder brother, Raatian, was not able to resist the moving example of his piety and the force of his discourses, and desired to be baptized. But the bishop having withdrawn and concealed himself for fear of the persecution, he was not able to receive that sacrament, but was shortly after baptized in his blood; for he declared himself a Christian at a time when to embrace that sacred profession was to become a candidate for martyrdom. Donatian was impeached for professing himself a Christian, and for having withdrawn others, particularly his brother, from the worship of the gods. Donatian was therefore apprehended, and having boldly confessed Christ before the governor, was cast into prison and loaded with irons. Rogatian was also brought before the prefect, who endeavored first to gain him by flattering speeches, but finding him inflexible, sent him to prison with his brother. Rogatian grieved that he had not been able to receive the sacrament of baptism, and prayed that the kiss of peace which his brother gave him might supply it. Donatian also prayed for him that his faith might procure for him the effect of baptism, and the effusion of his blood that of the sacrament of confirmation. They passed that night together in fervent prayer. They were the next day called for again by the prefect, to whom they declared that they were ready to suffer for the name of Christ whatever torments were prepared for them. By the order of the inhuman judge they were first stretched on the rack, afterwards their heads were pierced with lances, and lastly cut off, about the year 287.

Bf saints 05 24 blog

REFLECTION: Three things are pleasing unto God and man, concord among brethren, the love of parents, and the union of man and wife.


VOCAL PRAYER. The form of prayer that is a “conversation” with God, or the angels and saints, and is formed in words or equivalent symbols of expression. More technically, vocal prayer involves the use of some set formulas, since it is assumed that even when a person prays mentally he necessarily employs some form of at least internal speech. So that in practice the distinction between mental and vocal prayer is more a matter of emphasis, whether one’s own unrehearsed sentiments predominate (mental prayer) or a person rather employs verbal expressions that are not, at the time, the immediate product of communication with God (vocal prayer). (Etym. Latin vocalis, speaking, talking; from vox, voice.)

Modern Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon SJ (Get the real one at Eternal Life — don’t accept an abridged or edited version of this masterpiece!)

May, Month of the Immaculate Heart

Maria Magnificata. Short Meditations for May, the Month on Our Lady’s Life. 24th Day — Mary at the foot of the Cross.

This article, MAY 24, 2024 – SS. DONATIAN AND ROGATIAN, MARTYRS. is a post from The Bellarmine Forum.
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John B. Manos

John B. Manos, Esq. is an attorney and chemical engineer. He has a dog, Fyo, and likes photography, astronomy, and dusty old books published by Benziger Brothers. He is the President of the Bellarmine Forum.

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