2018 Magnificat Calendar

Each month features an illustration of one of the great Saints who have enriched the Church with their lives, which were heroic yet very imitable. Also includes illustrations of Jesus the Redeemer, the sacrifice of Abraham, and the Archangels, all painted in our Monastery.

Exclusive feature: a picture of the Saint of each day.
Receipts from this calendar benefit the works of the Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God. Available in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Christ is Risen

Summary of the Gospel narrative of the Saviour’s apparitions. Let us admire the wisdom and goodness of Jesus, who wanted to multiply the proofs of His resurrection. The Apostles were decisively converted and transformed. Previously fearful and hesitant, they now braved torture and death to declare the resurrection of the Master. Crowds were converted thousands at a time. Martyrs began to shed their blood. Witnesses of the resurrection did not retreat in the face of scourgings, the teeth of ferocious beasts, fire and sword. Christ had indeed risen: they would proclaim it even at the cost of their life; they would give unto the last drop of their blood to attest to this truth.

Saint Matthias the Apostle – Protector of the month of February

Saint Matthias is perhaps the Apostle whose life and labors are the least known to us. The little we do know is found in chapter one of the Acts of the Apostles and in Tradition. God wished to hide the labors and even the death of a good number of His Apostles. Furthermore, it suffices to say for the glory of Saint Matthias that he was one of the first disciples of Jesus, that God Himself designated him to complete the company of the Apostles, that he united his labors, his life and his death to the labors, life and death of these preachers of the Faith.

The sacrifice of Abraham

To obey God’s command, Abraham accepted to immolate his son Isaac, when an Angel came to prevent him. Called the father of believers, Abraham is a figure of the Eternal Father, who so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son to redeem us through His death upon the Cross.

Saint Thomas, Apostle – Protector of the month of January

Saint Thomas Apostle, Protector of the month of January, short biography followed by a prayer.
“Thomas, being once weaker in faith than the other Apostles,” says St. John Chrysostom, “toiled through the grace of God more bravely, more zealously and tirelessly than them all, so that he went preaching over nearly all the earth, not fearing to proclaim the Word of God to savage nations.”

The Nativity of Our Lord

Jesus was born, and behold, the heavens rang out in hymns of joy as the Angels sang the canticle of triumph, Glory to God in the highest! and the canticle of peace, Peace on earth to men of good will!

Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini centennial

Dear to the hearts of American Catholics in many regions of the United States, Saint Frances Cabrini, foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, patroness of immigrants, was the first citizen of the United States to be canonized. Mother Cabrini died on December 22, 1917, in one of her Chicago hospitals…

Unless You Become Like Little Children

Sermon for the Nativity by Father Jérôme de la Résurrection, o.d.m.
During this Christmas season, Jesus invites us to descend with Him to the Manger at Bethlehem, like little children, very little children, very little – so little that no one will be able to recognize us, just as the Infant Jesus, the Son of God, was not recognizable. Truly, the Son of God hid Himself well. All the great ones of this world, and you might say practically all of humanity, were unaware of the sublime mystery that was happening in the Manger at Bethlehem. Yet it was the greatest event in all of History that was taking place: God becoming a Child out of love for His creatures.