Thursday of the Third Week of Advent
Saint of the day
Saint Jose Manyanet y Vives (1833-1901)
Saint Jose Manyanet y Vives was born into a large, religious family. He was dedicated to Our Lady at the age of five by his mother, and was ordained into the priesthood several years later. Jose founded the Congregation of the Sons of the Holy Family as well as the Missionary Daughters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Both orders were devoted to ministering to Christian families, teaching, and parish ministry. Jose also wrote books and pamphlets urging devoutness to the Holy Family, offering resources for families in trouble, and giving tips on school management. He started the magazine "La Sagrada Familia." Saint Jose Manyanet y Vives died in 1901 and was canonized in 2004.
The family is one of the best examples of Christian love. Saint Jose Manyanet y Vives knew how important ministering to Christian families was. How do you share Christ's love with your family, and with other Christian families? Spend a few minutes thanking God for welcoming you into his family.
Gentle Parent of us all, thank you for making me part of your family and for connecting me to so many wonderful people. May I always be grateful for my family. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)
Liturgical season information
Place in Year: Advent
Color of decorations and priest's vestments: Violet
Reading 1: Gn 49:2, 8-10
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 72:1-2, 3-4Ab, 7-8, 17
Gospel: Mt 1:1-17View complete readings on USCCB.org