Saint Fabian

Saint of the Day for January 19

(c. 200 – January 20, 250)


Saint Fabian’s Story

Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing to elect a new pope. Eusebius, a Church historian, says a dove flew in and settled on the head of Fabian. This sign united the votes of clergy and laity, and he was chosen unanimously.

He led the Church for 14 years and died a martyr’s death during the persecution of Decius in 250 A.D. Saint Cyprian wrote to his successor that Fabian was an “incomparable” man whose glory in death matched the holiness and purity of his life.

In the catacombs of Saint Callistus, the stone that covered Fabian’s grave may still be seen, broken into four pieces, bearing the Greek words, “Fabian, bishop, martyr.”


We can go confidently into the future and accept the change that growth demands only if we have firm roots in the past, in a living tradition. A few pieces of stone in Rome are a reminder to us that we are bearers of more than 20 centuries of a living tradition of faith and courage in living the life of Christ and showing it to the world. We have brothers and sisters who have “gone before us with the sign of faith,” as the First Eucharistic Prayer puts it, to light the way for us.

The Liturgical Feast of Saint Fabian is January 20.


Catholic Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day: A prayer.

Great and generous God of justice and hope,

Before you my life is transparent.

Banish from my heart all resistance and false pride.

Teach me to challenge injustice with courage and patience,

and to refrain from acting purely out of anger.

Trusting in your gentle compassion,

Flood me with your peace.

Fill me with silence and stillness

so that I may hear you inviting me

to surrender my life in love to you.

I make this prayer in the name of Jesus,

my friend, companion and soul guide. Amen.

Source: “The Psalms: Human Voices of Prayer and Suffering” by Carmel McCarthy RSM.

Taize in the Desert

Time: 7:30pm

Date: Friday January 20, 2017

Place: Norbertine Abbey of Santa Maria de la Vid 5825 Coors Blvd SW Albuquerque, NM 87121

Fellowship and refreshments following the service.

Leave the noise of modern life behind for an evening of prayer!  Build your relationship with Jesus Christ through song, scripture, silence and contemplation with the young adults of the Archdiocese!   Attend the next prayer service in the spirit of Taizé, a French monastic community.

All are welcome.  

This is an ecumenical and interdenominational form of prayer.   Taizé is a spirituality that is easy to experience and hard to describe.   Invite your friends and family.

For questions please contact Taylor Kingston at (505)831-8142 or

Taize in the Desert is made possible by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry along with the Norbertine community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey

2017 Taize Dates Flier


Church POP Articles “What Became of the Magi After Visiting Jesus? Their Amazing Forgotten Story”


What Became of the Magi After Visiting Jesus? Their Amazing Forgotten Story

by ChurchPOP Editor

Ted, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

The magi have a short but memorable place in the Gospel story. After Jesus was born, magi from the east follow a star to Bethlehem, offer the new born king their three gifts, and then return home without revealing to Herod where they found Jesus (cf. Matthew 2).

That’s it. They drop out of the story. Scripture doesn’t even tell us exactly how many of them there were.

But where the Gospel story ends, the tradition of the Church takes over.

Various traditions say that there were in fact three magi and that their names were Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar.

One tradition says that they came from and represented the three continents of the Old World: Europe, Asia, and Africa, respectively.

Apparently, they were deeply affected by their encounter with Jesus, and either became Christians immediately, or quickly converted upon meeting the Apostles during their ministry. They were so strong in their faith that all three of them willingly accepted martyrdom. As such, they are considered saints.

But that’s not the end of their story!

When St. Helena visited the Holy Land in the 4th century, among the many relics she recovered were the bones of the three magi, which she took to the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.

They were later moved to Milan, and finally to Cologne, Germany by the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I in 1164, where they have remained ever since.

Their visit to the child Jesus is remembered on Epiphany each year.

Here’s the Shrine of the Three Kings in Cologne, which contains their bones:

Arminia, Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Orthodox monastery at Mount Athos claims to have the three gifts of the magi:

George Malkov, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary painting | Alfonso Boschi

The Story of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church.

As with Mary’s birth, we read of Mary’s presentation in the temple only in apocryphal literature. In what is recognized as an unhistorical account, the Protoevangelium of James tells us that Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was 3 years old. This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless.

Though it cannot be proven historically, Mary’s presentation has an important theological purpose. It continues the impact of the feasts of the Immaculate Conception and of the birth of Mary. It emphasizes that the holiness conferred on Mary from the beginning of her life on earth continued through her early childhood and beyond.

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Prayer After An Election



God of all nations,

Father of the human family,

We give you thanks for the freedom we exercise and

the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these

United States of America.


We ask for your protection and guidance for all who

devote themselves to the common good, working for

justice and peace at home and around the world.


We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public

servants, those who will serve us as president, as

legislators and judges, those in the military and law enforcement.


Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,

with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment

to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all

people, and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.