Saturday After Epiphany
Sirach, Chapter 7,
Do not seek to become
a judge if you do not have the strength to root out crime, lest you show FEAR
in the presence of the prominent and mar your integrity.
Basically, do not start something you cannot finish or
you will damage your honor. Our Lord said something similar to this in the
Gospel of Luke. Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind
is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church
II. THE VOCATION
TO CHASTITY cont.
The various forms of chastity
2348 All the baptized are called to chastity. The Christian has
"put on Christ," the model for all chastity. All Christ's faithful
are called to lead a chaste life in keeping with their particular states of
life. At the moment of his Baptism, the Christian is pledged to lead his
affective life in chastity.
2349 "People should cultivate [chastity] in the way that is suited to
their state of life. Some profess virginity or consecrated celibacy which
enables them to give themselves to God alone with an undivided heart in a
remarkable manner. Others live in the way prescribed for all by the moral law,
whether they are married or single." Married people are called to live
conjugal chastity; others practice chastity in continence: There are three
forms of the virtue of chastity: the first is that of spouses, the second that
of widows, and the third that of virgins. We do not praise any one of them to
the exclusion of the others. This is what makes for the richness of the
discipline of the Church.
who are engaged to marry are called to live chastity in continence. They should see in this time of
testing a discovery of mutual respect, an apprenticeship in fidelity, and the
hope of receiving one another from God. They should reserve for marriage the
expressions of affection that belong to married love. They will help each other
grow in chastity.
The central theme of
Advent and Christmastide, the manifestation, or epiphany, of Jesus Christ, also dominates
the Weeks after Epiphany. That manifestation began selectively, first to Mary
(Ember Wednesday, Annunciation), then to Elizabeth and John the Baptist (Ember
Friday, Visitation), and then to Joseph (Vigil of Christmas). Next it grew
stronger with the adoration of the Shepherds (Christmas), the Magi at the
Manger (Epiphany), Simeon, Anna, and the Doctors in the Temple (Sunday after
Christmas, and Holy Family), and even to John the Baptist's disciples (Octave
But the epiphanies of
Jesus Christ did not end with these events. On the contrary, everything that
our Lord did and said during His public ministry was designed to manifest His
divine nature. It is the Time after
Epiphany that corresponds to this period of our Lord's life. The Epistle
selections, mostly from Paul's letter to the Romans, stress the calling of both
Jew and Gentile to the new revelations, while the Gospel selections narrate the
words and deeds of our Lord during His adult ministry in Galilee, the northern region of Israel
that was the scene of most of His public life. All of these readings give
witness to the astonishing fact that this itinerant preacher was the coeternal
Word of God, the Word who spoke as only God can speak and who worked miracles
that only the God of heaven and earth can work.
Thus, even though these
weeks, with their green vestments and annum (what is called
"Ordinary Time" in the new rite), they are more properly seen as
continuing the Christmas cycle's focus on "theophany". By helping us
to heed the words of Christ and understand the significance of His miracles,
the Time after Epiphany deepens our meditation on the mystery of the Incarnation.
Candles are a symbol of
Christ, the Light of the World. The wax is regarded as typifying in a most
appropriate way the flesh of Jesus Christ born of a virgin mother. From this
has sprung the further conception that the wick symbolizes more particularly
the soul of Jesus Christ and the flame the Divinity which absorbs and dominates
both. — Catholic
On Jan. 8, 1935, Elvis
Presley was born in a two-room house in Tupelo, Miss. Every year, Graceland —
Elvis' estate in Memphis — hosts a five-day-long birthday celebration. Rise
bright and early for the Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony on Graceland’s North Lawn, and
stay for the birthday-cake cutting.
and the Nun
Dolores Hart began her career as an actress when she was only 19 years old, making her screen debut in 1957 as Elvis' sweetheart in Loving You. Dolores became an overnight success story and starred with Elvis again in King Creole the following year in 1958. She then took on Broadway, starring in The Pleasure of His Company in 1959, for which she won a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress. Further movie hits followed, including the hugely popular Where the Boys Are and Lisa, the story of a young Holocaust survivor, which earned her a nomination for a Golden Globe for Best Picture/Drama. By now one of Hollywood's rising stars, she went on to make six more films, among them St. Francis of Assisi, where she portrayed Clare, a woman who gives up everything to follow Saint Francis and founds the Order of Poor Clare’s. Dolores' last film role was opposite Hugh O'Brien in 1963 in Come Fly with Me.
the height of her career, Dolores stunned the world by making the decision to become
a cloistered nun and enter the Abbey of Regina Laudis. "I just knew that this was what God wanted
from me," she said years later. Mother Dolores' mission as an
actress did not end, but rather took a contemplative turn. "I never felt I
was 'walking away from Hollywood'" she said recently. "I felt I was walking into something
more significant and by that, I took Hollywood with me."