One of our readers brought it to our attention that we had mistakenly placed St. Ignatius of Loyola on the Feb. 1st bulletin board pieces instead of St. Ignatius of Antioch which belonged there. We have updated that PDF download as well as provided a PDF of only that one piece
(for those of you who downloaded the pieces last year). We apologize for the confusion. In this saints honor we are also going to share his wonderful story today. The stories of the early Roman martyrs are filled with such love of God!
A blessed Sexagesima Sunday to you all (more wonderful readings about this Sunday can be found over at Crusader's for Christ)
St. Ignatius, Bishop, Martyr
Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. 1894
ST. IGNATIUS, Bishop of Antioch, was the disciple of St. John. When Domitian persecuted the Church, St. Ignatius obtained peace for his own flock by fasting and prayer. But for his part he desired to suffer with Christ, and to prove himself a perfect disciple. In the year 107, Trajan came to Antioch, and forced the Christians to choose between apostasy and death. "Who art thou, poor devil," the emperor said when Ignatius was brought before him, "who settest our commands at naught?" "Call not him 'poor devil,'" Ignatius answered, "who bears God within him." And when the emperor questioned him about his meaning, Ignatius explained that he bore in his heart Christ crucified for his sake. Thereupon the emperor condemned him to be torn to pieces by wild beasts at Rome. St. Ignatius thanked God, Who had so honored him, "binding him in the chains of Paul, His apostle."
He journeyed to Rome, guarded by soldiers, and with no fear except of losing the martyr's crown. He was devoured by lions in the Roman amphitheatre. The wild beasts left nothing of his body, except a few bones, which were reverently treasured at Antioch, until their removal to the Church of St. Clement at Rome, in 637. After the martyr's death, several Christians saw him in vision standing before Christ, and interceding for them.
Reflection.—Ask St. Ignatius to obtain for you the grace of profiting by all you have to suffer, and rejoicing in it as a means of likeness to your crucified Redeemer.
I need to make a correction to the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board saints for January as well as the Holy Simplicity planner. The Feast of the Holy Family is a moveable feast and so we will provide an undated piece for the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board (date will be written in with dry erase marker) and a substitute piece for the current Jan. 8th piece.
The date is also incorrect in the Holy Simplicity Planner, it is noted there as on the 12th of this month when it should be on the 13th. My apologies for this error and we will put up another post when the new pieces are available. A blessed Octave of the Epiphany to you all!
"The Feast of the Holy Family is a greater-double and celebrated on the Sunday within the octave of the Epiphany. If this Sunday falls on the Octave Day, the feast is kept on the Saturday before, Jan 12, with the same commemoration of the Sunday and of the Octave."