Thursday (19 October): Thursday, 28th Week, Ordinary Time; Lit Colour:Green; OR Red; SS. John de Brebeuf and Issac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs; OR White; St. Paul of the Cross, Priest; memorial; Reflections (1).
"That I will never do, because I am a Christian, and I shall die for God."
St. Lorenzo Ruiz on being asked to renounce his faith at his trial (from "CCOHSYDNEY")
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"Good King Wenceslaus" was able to incarnate his Christianity in a world filled with political unrest"
from "American Catholic.org"
"Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement or assistance."
St. Vincent de Paul (from 'The Catholic Reader")
Ordinary Time: Ordinary Time refers to all of those parts of the Catholic Church's liturgical year that are not included in the major seasonsof Advent, Christmas. Lent, and Easter.
Ordinary Time thus encompasses two different periods in the Church's calendar: the first period of Ordinary Time runs from after the Christmas season till commencement of Lent (for 2017: 10 Jan - 28 Feb), and the second period runs from after the Easter Season until commencement of Advent (5 Jun - 2 Dec 2017), when the liturgical year (for 2017/2018, it's Year B) begins again. The Time is called Ordinary because the weeks of Ordinary Time are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time in fact represent the ordered life of the Church. Thus for Catholics, Ordinary Time is the part of the year in which Christ, the Lamb of God, walks among us and transforms our lives. There's nothing "ordinary" about that!
"Herod said, ‘John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?’"
Luke 9:9 (Gospel, Thursday 25th Week, Ordinary Time)