Fr. Michael says:
This week is full of some interesting feast days.
On Tuesday, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales. Francis is known for the way he gently and persuasively shared the faith. He ministered in Geneva, a center of Calvinism, and converted many by preaching and distributing pamphlets he wrote that explained Catholic beliefs.
St. Francis de Sales also stands out for encouraging lay people to sainthood. His book, Introduction to the Devout Life, is a classic. In it, he wrote, “It is an error, or rather a heresy, to say devotion is incompatible with the life of a soldier, a tradesman, a prince, or a married woman…. It has happened that many have lost perfection in the desert who had preserved it in the world.”
On Wednesday, we remember the conversion of St. Paul on the road to Damascus. We can find that story in chapter 9 of the Acts of the Apostles:
“On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ He said, ‘Who are you, sir?’ The reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do.’”
Thursday is the feast of Saints Timothy and Titus. Both of them were friends and companions of St. Paul in his missionary journeys and both have letters addressed to them as part of the New Testament.
Reading Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus gives us a glimpse into the life of the early Church as well as encouragement for facing difficult situations.
Finally, on Saturday, we celebrate St. Thomas Aquinas. Thomas was one of the greatest theologians the Church has ever seen and his writings continue to provide a solid understanding of the Christian faith.
St. Thomas is also known for composing the great Eucharistic hymns that are sing at adoration and in the celebration of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Going back to the beginning of the week, Monday is not the feast of a saint but the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. This comes from the Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973 that legalized abortion in the United States.