“The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God.”
- St. Sebastian (from "Inspiring quotes")
“In honor of St. Pope Fabian, pray for all priests and bishops, that they be courageous, steadfast and humble shepherds.”
- In honour of St. Fabian (quoted from "Inspiring quotes")
"Jesus went home, and once more such a crowd collected that they could not even have a meal. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to take charge of him, convinced he was out of his mind."
Mark 3:20-21 (Gospel reading; Saturday, 2nd Week, Ord Time).
Ordinary Time: Besides the times of year that have their own distinctive character, there remain in the yearly cycle thirty-three or thirty-four weeks in which no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated, but rather the mystery of Christ itself is honoured in its fullness, especially on Sundays. This period is known as Ordinary Time.(1)
Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" not because it is common but simply 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—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.(2)
[Ref (1) "Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar, 43"; (2) "About Religion"]
Thursday (18 January): Thursday, 2nd Week, Ordinary Time (Psalter week II); Lit. Colour: Green; Reflections (1).
Wednesday (17 January): Wednesday, 2nd Week, Ordinary Time (Psalter week II); Lit. Colour: White; St. Anthony of Egypt, Abbot, memorial; Reflections (1).
Saturday (20 January): Saturday, 2nd Week, Ordinary Time (Psalter week II); Lit. Colour: Green; OR Red, St. Fabian, Pope and Martyr; St. Sebastian, Martyr; memorials; Reflections (1).
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"After one particular difficult struggle, Anthony saw a light appearing in the tomb he lived in. Knowing it was God, he called out, "Where were you when I needed you?" God answered, 'I was here. I was watching your struggle. Because you didn't give in, I will stay with you and protect you forever.'"
- on St. Anthony of Egypt, abbot (from "Catholic Online")