Jan. 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Today, let us pray for the end of racial discrimination. “Father, You have given all peoples one common origin, and Your will is to gather them as one family in Yourself. Fill the hearts of all men with the fire of Your love and the desire to ensure justice for all their brothers and sisters. By sharing the good things You give us may we secure justice and equality for every human being, and end to all division, and a human society built on love and peace. Amen.”

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Jan. 17, 2019 (St. Anthony, Abbot)

St. Anthony died as a hermit in Egypt at the age of 105. St. Athanasius, the champion against the Arian Heresy, wrote his life shortly after his death. St. Anthony helped St. Athanasius combat the Arian heresy as he left his cave to do so. He exemplified in his long life the constant struggle against the devil and evil. The story of his life greatly influenced people like St. Augustine of Hippo.

Jan. 4, 2019 (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)

Born on August 28, 1774, and was baptized in the Episcopal faith. In 1794, she married William Seton and had 5 children. After her husband’s death, she became a Catholic and was disowned by her family. In 1809, she started a religious teaching community, the American Sisters of Charity, and began the Catholic School System. She died on Jan. 4, 1821, and was canonized a saint on September 14, 1975, by Pope Paul VI.

Solemnity of the Holy Family

God’s presence always hovered over the Holy Family. In the same loving way, God stands with His Family called the Church, despite all of the horrific things we hear. God continues to lead those He loves including the Church whether the Church is in light or darkness, joy or pain. You see, no matter what, He is our God and we are His people always.