Sunday, January 6: Epiphany
Epiphany celebrates the revelation that Jesus was the Son of God. It focuses primarily on this revelation to the Three Wise Men, but also in his baptism in the Jordan and at the wedding at Cana.
Below is a link to CNA, with more information on Epiphany
Monday, January 7: Raymond of Penyafort, religious, archbishop (1175-1275
Raymond lived into his hundredth year. By 30, he earned a doctorate in both canon and civil law. He was confessor to Pope Gregory IX. Raymond compiled five books called the Decretals., one of the best organized collections of Church law. At the age of 60, Raymond was appointed archbishop of Tarragona, and later he was elected head of the whole Dominican Order, the successor of Saint Dominic. He convinced Saint Thomas Aquinas to write his work Against the Gentiles.
Patron: lawyers, canon lawyers
Tuesday, January 8: St Gudula, religious (d 712)
St Gudula’s mother, Saint Amalberga, took her vows from the hands of St. Aubert. Gudula had two sisters and a brother, who were saints. Gudula spent her time in good works and religious devotion.
patron: single laywomen
Wednesday, January 9: Tommaso Reggio, Priest, Archbishop (1818-1901)
He was the founder of the Sisters of Saint Martha. Like the order he founded, he was dedicated to helping the poor. He was credited with praying every night, from 3:00 -6:00 A.M.
“I want to become a saint, cost what it may, living my life in accordance with the two cornerstones of christianity: prayer and ascesis”
Thursday, January 10: William of Bourges, Bishop (1147-1209)
He was archbishop of Bourges. He lived a life of prayer, and was thought to have died on his knees in prayer.
Friday January 11: Francisca Salesia Aviat, religious (1844-1914)
Fancisca was the founder of Sister o Oblates of St Francis de Sales. She opened many schools for young working class women for whom she was dedicated, during the industrial Revolution. Fleeing France for religious persecution, she rebuilt her congregation in Italy.
“Let us establish a permanent Spring season in our heart through ‘yes’ often repeated to all of God’s permissions and wills.”
Saturday, January 12: St Marguerite Bourgeoys, religious (1620-1700)
Margaret Bourgeoys was walking in a procession for the feast of the Holy Rosary, in France, when she noticed a statue of the Blessed Virgin on a gate.The statue seemed to come to life and gaze into Margaret’s eyes. The changed her life, as she later said: “I gave myself to God in the year 1640.” After she was rejected by two convents, she agreed to take a school teaching apostolate in Canada. She founded a congregation dedicated to the education and spiritual formation of young women, the Sisters of Notre Dame.She founded a “League of Modest Fashion.” The students made a pledge of modesty while prostrate before an altar of the Blessed Virgin.
“Prayer ought to carry over into our words, our thoughts and our actions. We must strive as much as we can to reflect on what we ask or promise. We do not do this, if we do not pay attention to our prayers”
Patron: people rejected by religious orders, poverty, loss of parents