January 8, 2022 

Saturday after Epiphany

Saint of the day

Saint Thorfinn (d.1285)

Saint Thorfinn was a Norwegian monk and bishop. He lived a very low-profile life. The only public "fame" that he received was when he stood by the archbishop of Norway in an argument with King Eric over state interference in Church matters. For his defiance, Thorfinn was exiled. He found shelter at a Cistercian abbey in Flanders, where he fell ill. Knowing that he would soon be called to his heavenly home, he drafted a will dividing up what little he had between his mother, siblings, monasteries, churches, and charities. Upon his death, a monk who was acquainted with Thorfinn wrote a poem about him reflecting on his kindness, patience, generosity, and aversion to evil. After penning the poem on parchment, the monk hung it over Thorfinn's tomb. Because Thorfinn did not attract much attention or controversy during his lifetime, he was soon forgotten, until his tomb was discovered and reopened 50 years later. His remains emitted an odor like sweet perfume. The parchment poem was also fully intact above his tomb. These two miracles, and many more, are attributed to Saint Thorfinn, and he has a devoted following among Cistercians and Norwegians.


Saint Thorfinn did good works quietly and did not seek recognition for his acts of kindness, patience, generosity, and his aversion to evil. Jesus tells us to do the right thing, but to do it quietly. Your good works are between you and God. Spend a few quiet minutes with the Lord. Ask him to help you always do good deeds and stand up for what is right, even if you will not be recognized for it.


O God who loves the humble, remind me to do good deeds each day and also to never put others down. Jesus made it clear that I do not need to compare myself to others to deserve your love. I already have it. (Taken from “Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens.”)

Liturgical season information

Lectionary: 217

Place in Year: Christmas

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Daily readings

Reading I: 1 Jn 5:14-21

Responsorial Psalm: 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6A And 9B

Alleluia: Mt 4:16

Gospel: Jn 3:22-30

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