Thursday, the 5th week of Lent
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Nicholas Owen
Readings for today’s Mass
All of these and more are examples of heroism that not many can exhibit. It asks a great deal of an individual. When the Church recognizes such holiness when canonizing a saint, it is referred to as heroic virtue.
Such was one of the attributes of today's saint, 16th c. Jesuit, Nicholas Owen. He had skills in architectural design and construction. For two decades, he secreted about England building secret hiding places for Catholics who risked death for practicing their faith. Even knowing the risks to himself, Owen could do no other. He was eventually arrested, severely tortured and killed.
As mentioned above, not many are capable of this degree of heroic virtue, but the stories serve to have us examine ourselves and determine what we are willing to sacrifice for the sake of our Catholic faith. Can you name the risks you are willing to take if you should, say, speak out against a public policy that goes against what we believe as Catholic Christians? What will it cost you to have a voice on right to life issues like abortion and capital punishment? What will it cost you to speak in defense of the underemployed with no access to health care? Like today's saint, are you willing to step up to the plate in the name of Jesus? It could be the ultimate extra mile.