Saturday of Week 3 in Ordinary Time 2 Sam 12:1-7,10-17Mk 4:35-41 “You are the man…” I call today’s gospel Jesus’ “Do you know who I am?” moment. Some of us have been there before — either as the young upstart or ‘newbie’ to a club/organisation/ministry putting our foot in our mouth, or as the seasoned… Continue Reading →
28 Jan – Memorial for St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was the son of the Count of Aquino. He was born in the family castle in Lombardy near Naples, Italy. He was educated by Benedictine monks at Monte Cassino, and at the University of Naples. He secretly joined… Continue Reading →
27 Jan – Memorial for St. Angela Merici, virgin St. Angela Merici (1474-1540) became a Franciscan tertiary at the age of 15. She received a vision telling her that she would inspire devout women in their vocation. In Crete, during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, she was struck blind. Her friends wanted to return home,… Continue Reading →
26 Jan – Memorial for Sts. Timothy and Titus, bishops St. Timothy (d. 97) was the son of a Greek gentile, his mother Eunice was Jewish. He was converted to Christianity by St. Paul around the year 47. He was a partner, assistant and close friend of Paul. He was a missionary as well, and became… Continue Reading →
25 Jan – Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul St. Paul (3-65) was a Jewish Talmudic student and a Pharisee. He was a tent-maker by trade. Saul the Jew hated and persecuted Christians as heretical, even assisting at the stoning of St. Stephen the Martyr. On his way to Damascus to arrest another group of… Continue Reading →
24 Jan – Memorial for St. Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) was born in a castle to a well-placed family. His parents intended him to become a lawyer, enter politics, and carry on the family line and power. He studied at La Roche, Annecy, Clermont College in… Continue Reading →
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Neh 8:2-6,8-101 Cor 12:12-30Lk 1:1-4,4:14-21 “Do not be sad: the joy of the Lord is your stronghold.“ As we enter our third year of living with social restrictions in this time of pandemic, most of us probably feel tired by it all. Yet, we move on. It may be slow,… Continue Reading →
Saturday of Week 2 in Ordinary Time 2 Sam 1:1-4,11-12,19,23-27Mk 3:20-21 …convinced he was out of his mind. I have been praying daily for the seminarians in our Archdioceses (each has been designated a day of the month) and have read a bit about each one on his designated day on the CalledByChrist website. Today’s gospel… Continue Reading →
21 Jan – Memorial for St. Agnes, virgin and martyr At the age of 12 or 13, St. Agnes was ordered to sacrifice to pagan gods and lose her virginity by rape. She was taken to a Roman temple to Minerva (Athena), and when led to the altar, she made the Sign of the Cross. She… Continue Reading →
20 Jan – Memorial for St. Fabian, pope and martyr; Memorial for St. Sebastian, martyr Pope St. Fabian (d. 250) was a layman and a farmer. He came into Rome on a day when a new pope was to be elected. A dove flew in and settled on his head. The gathered clergy and laity took… Continue Reading →
Wednesday of Week 2 in Ordinary Time 1 Sam 17:32-33,37,40-51Mk 3:1-6 …for the Lord is Lord of the battle… I must be at the age in life (that most everyone in every generation reaches); that age when it just seems that the world is going to hell in a handbasket; that age when it seems… Continue Reading →
Tuesday of Week 2 in Ordinary Time 1 Sam 16:1-13Mk 2:23-28 “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath” For the Jewish nation, sabbath starts Friday evening until Saturday evening. This was instilled from the time of Moses. For Christians, sabbath is observed on Sunday, the day our Lord resurrected. Today’s… Continue Reading →
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