Saturday before Epiphany, Saint André Bessette (d. 1937)
First Saturday of the MonthReadings of the day: RB Prol. 39-44Mass: 1 John 5:5-13; Resp. Psalm 147; Mark 1:7-11 or Luke 3:23-38
From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.(Communion Antiphon, Mass)
Saint Benedict exhorts us to prepare our hearts and bodies to serve the Lord under the guidance of holy obedience. At the same time, we should remain conscious of our own weakness and ask the Lord to give us through his grace the help we need (Prol. 40). Brother André was a man aware of his weaknesses yet he persevered, leading a humble life of prayer and service, not without controversy. He died at the age of 91. It is said a million people filed past his coffin. Grace upon grace.
Saint Ándre Bessette, pray for us.