Otherwise, 15 January would be the feast of Saint Paul of Thebes, Hermit (circa 227-342, A.K.A. the First Hermit, the Anchorite): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.
Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
Paul was reportedly born in Egypt, where he was orphaned by age fifteen. He was also a learned & devout young man. During the persecution of Decius in Egypt in the year 250, Paul was forced to hide in the home of a friend. Fearing a brother-in-law would betray him, he fled to a cave in the desert. His plan was to return once the persecution ended, but th sweetness of solitude & heavenly contemplation convinced him to stay. he went on to live in that cave for the next ninety years.'Twould also be the feast of Blessed Peter of Castelnau, Religious & Martyr, O.Cist. (died 1208), martyred by the Cathar heretics (A.K.A. the Albigensians): Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Twould also be the feast of Saint Arnold Janssen, Priest, S.V.D. (1837-1909), founder of the Society of the Divine Word, the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, & the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link S.V.D., Wikipedia-link S.Sp.S., & Wikipedia-link Pink.
Scripture of the Week
The Book of Isaiah, chapter forty-nine, verses three, five, & six;
Psalm Forty, verses two, four, & seven thru ten;
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter one, verses one, two, & three;
The Gospel according to John, chapter one, verses twenty-nine thru thirty-four.
Mass Journal: Week 3
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
Two thousand years ago, a small groups of [persons] captured the attention & intrigued the imagination of the entire Western world. At first, these [persons] were thought to be of no consequence, the followers of a man most considered to be nothing more than an itinerant preacher. but when this man was put to death, a dozen of his followers rose up & began telling people about his life & teachings. They began telling the story of Jesus Christ. They were not the educated elite of their time, they had no political or social status, they were not wealthy, & they had no worldly authority, yet from the very beginning [persons] were joining this quiet revolutionary group one hundred at a time. This small group of [persons] were the first Christians. They were the original followers of Jesus of Nazareth & the first members of what we know today as the Catholic Church.* * * * *
Saturday, 14 January was the feast of Blessed Odo of Novara, Priest, O.Cart. (circa 1105-1200): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Twas also the feast of Blessed Peter Donders, Priest, C.Ss.R. (1807-1887, A.K.A. Peerke): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.
Commentary: Wayback Machine.
Scripture of the Day
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter four, verses twelve thru sixteen;
Psalm Nineteen, verses eight, nine, ten, & fifteen;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter two, verses thirteen thru seventeen.