Commentary: Wayback Machine. Last year, St. John Baptist de la Salle's feast day was an obligatory Memorial; this year, an Optional Memorial. This might be due to a prohibition on obligatory Memorials within Lent, but that's merely a supposition on my part.
Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He was a French priest, educational reformer, & founder of the Institute of the brothers of the Christian Schools. He dedicated much of his life to the education of poor children in France; in doing so, he started many lasting educational practices. He is considered the founder of the first Catholic schools.Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
No saints again this week.No saints? There were three optional memorials this week: St. Isidore on Tuesday (4 April), St. Vincent Ferrer on Wednesday (5 April), & St. John Baptist de la Salle today. What the heck, Holy Family?
'Tis also the festival of Blessed Notker the Stammerer, Priest, O.S.B. (circa 840-912, A.K.A. the Poet): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Henry Walpole, Priest & Martyr, S.J. (1558-1595), martyred in the reign of the queen Elizabeth I, one of the Forty Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link XL.
'Tis also the festival of Blesseds Edward Oldcorne, Priest, & Ralph Ashley, Martyrs, S.J. (died 1606), martyred in the reign of the king James VI & I: Martyr-link Echo Oscar & Wikipedia-link Echo Oscar, Martyr-link Romeo Alpha & Wikipedia-link Romeo Alpha.
Commentary: Bls. Edward & Ralph were martyred in the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Neither was implicated in the plot, but both were Jesuits, crime enough to warrant execution in Jacobean England.
Scripture of the Day
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter twenty, verses ten thru thirteen;
Psalm Eighteen, verses two thru seven;
The Gospel according to John, chapter ten, verses thirty-one thru forty-two.
Commentary: Lenten Gospel reflections: Franciscan Media & Word on Fire.