Thursday of the First Week of Advent
Saint of the day
Saint Edmund Campion (1540-1581)
Saint Edmund Campion was born in London, England. He was extremely bright, and was given a scholarship to Saint John's College, Oxford, when he was only 15 years old. Edmund was raised a Catholic, but chose to become an Anglican deacon. After his decision, he was plagued with doubts about Anglicanism, and eventually returned to the Catholic faith. He decided to rejoin Catholicism during the Protestant persecution of Catholics in 16th-century England. Edmund was very wily, and managed to avoid capture through a number of close escapes, disguises, and sheer luck. Eventually, his whereabouts were given to the Anglicans by a traitor at one of his secret Masses. He was charged under fabricated accounts of treason, but was truly sentenced for being a priest. He was sentenced to be hanged, and refused to apostatize when offered numerous incentives to do so. Like Saint Thomas More, Saint Edmund died acknowledging his loyalty to the crown, but his greater commitment to God. Saint Edmund Campion was canonized in 1970.
Everyone makes mistakes, even saints. Saint Edmund Campion left the Catholic faith, but was welcomed back with open arms by God when he realized his mistake, and rejoined Catholicism. Think about recent mistakes that you have made. If you haven't already, seek God's forgiveness. Ask God to direct your life so that you can be a more repentant sinner.
Holy Friend, thank you for loving us so much that you continually call us back to you. Direct me in my life today so that I can become that one repentant sinner. (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 I: Is 26:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: 118:1 And 8-9, 19-21, 25-27A
Alleluia: Is 55:6
Gospel: Mt 7:21, 24-27View complete readings on USCCB.org