Otherwise, 29 January would be the feast of Saint Dallán Forgaill, Martyr (circa 530-598), martyred by pirates during a raid on the Inishkeel monastery: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.
Commentary: Wayback Machine.
'Twould also be the feast of Saint Gelasius II, Pope, O.S.B. (circa 1062-1119), one hundred sixty-first Bishop of Rome: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Twould also be the feast of Servant of God Juniper, Religious, O.F.M. (died 1258, A.K.A. Brother Juniper): Servant-link ūnus, Servant-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.
'Twould also be the feast of Blessed Francis Taylor, Martyr (circa 1550-1621), Lord Mayor of Dublin, martyred in the reign of the king James VI & I, one of the Irish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link XXII.
9 Days for Life: Day Nine
For God's peace to fill the hearts of all who travel upon the path to adoption.
Scripture of the Week
The Book of Zephaniah, chapter two, verse three & chapter three, verses twelve & thirteen;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-six, verses six thru ten;
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter one, verses twenty-six thru thirty-one;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter five, verses one thru twelve(a).
Mass Journal: Week Five
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
The first Christians were not perfect; nor were the saints. They lived in communities that were torn by strife in ways remarkably similar to what we are experiencing today, & they struggled with the brokenness of their own humanity in the same way you & I do. But they were dedicated to the basics. The first Christians intrigued the people of their time. So did the saints, & so do ordinary people who embrace the Christian life today. In the great majority of cases they don't do anything spectacular. For the most part they commit themselves to doing simple things spectacularly well & with great love, & that intrigues people. We need to intrigue the people of our time in the same ways. Whom does your life intrigue? Not with spectacular accomplishments, but simply by the way you live, love, & work.