Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St. Josaphat
Welcome to Thursday of the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. Today is the Memorial of St. Josaphat. The readings for today can be found if you Click Here for Today's Readings .
Yours truly is the celebrant and homilist for today’s Liturgy of the Word, and our reflection at the end of the Liturgy of the Word is a prayer to our Guardian Angels (precious picture below.) The video can be found, as always, on our STA Facebook page.
Here is a bit of info for you about St. Josaphat (not to be confused with Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah 800 years before Jesus was born). This info is taken from the Magnificat for today:
Josaphat was born to Ruthenian Orthodox parents in 1580, in present-day Ukraine. He entered the monastery only a few years after the Ruthenian Orthodox metropolitan had brought the entire church back into communion with Rome, a move that sadly lacked popular support. The young monk worked tirelessly to promote union. After he was elected Archbishop of Polotsk, Josaphat drew many to the Catholic Church by dint of good example. On November 12, 1623, supporters of a rival bishop overwhelmed the house where Josaphat was staying. “My children,” he said, “if you have anything against me, here I am.” A bullet ended his life. Josaphat is hailed as the “Martyr of Unity.”
Ok folks…in the “You Have to Be Kidding Me” category…are you aware that Advent is only 3 Sundays away? That is right…the First Sunday of Advent is November 29th. Wow. Where has the time gone?
It is time to start looking toward the Advent spiritual journey that takes us to Bethlehem on Christmas day. I will be praying about how to make the Advent journey extra special to all of us during this unique time through these daily emails and Liturgy of the Word videos.
I am still so bummed that I won’t be going to Bethlehem and the Holy Land again for real in February. Please pray that the Holy Land opens up again for pilgrimages in 2022. I miss that trip to the Holy Land so much already, as sharing that life-changing experience with others is so incredibly important to me.
I hope you have a great day today and I do hope you are blessed by today’s video. And let’s keep praying to our Guardian Angels to watch over us and protect us.
Blessings to all.
Your servant in Christ,