Monday, January 16, 2017

St. Joseph Vaz

St. Joseph Vaz (1651 – 1711) was an Oratorian Priest from India who went to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) as a missionary. Priests were banned over there and St. Joseph had to secretly visit Catholics. Disguised as a laborer, he walked barefoot through the region and helped rebuild the Church. The people called him ‘Sammana Swami’ or Angelic Father. He is known as the Apostle of Ceylon. His feast day is on 16 January.

Friday, January 13, 2017

St. Hilary of Poitiers

St. Hilary of Poitiers (300 - 368) was born in Poitiers, France to a non-Christian family. He believed in Jesus after reading the Bible. His townsfolk made him a bishop due to his holiness and wisdom. He worked hard to dispel a prevalent heresy that Jesus was not God. He was even banished by the Emperor of Rome for doing this. St. Hilary wrote many books about Scripture and theology. He is ranked a Doctor of the Church. His feast day is on 13 January.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I will run the race

‘Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.’ Hebrews 12:1

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Baptism of the Lord

And Jesus, having been baptized, ascended from the water immediately, and behold, the heavens were opened to him. And he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him. And behold, there was a voice from heaven, saying: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Epiphany of the Lord

‘Following the star, they found Jesus with Mary and Joseph. And so, falling prostrate, they adored Him and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.’

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St. Raymond of Peñafort

St. Raymond of Peñafort
St. Raymond of Peñafort (1175 – 1275) was a Dominican lawyer from Spain who specialized in canon law (or church law). A brilliant and capable man, he was Pope Gregory IX’s confessor. St. Raymond organized the scattered canon laws of the Church into a proper compilation. He also wrote a useful book about confession. He worked hard to free slaves from captivity as well. St. Raymond is the patron saint of lawyers. His feast day is on 7 January.