He tenderly remembers all that Jesus suffered for us “sheep going astray.” On catacomb walls, early Christians delighted to draw pictures and to write explanations of the perfect understanding and love between the Good Shepherd and His sheep, such as that which exists between the “Father” and “Me.” We are not only fed through the visible guidance of His Church, but also through the invisible grace of the Sacraments, especially “in the breaking of bread” (Alleluia verse).
Monday, 20 April: No Feast falls today, and a Votive Mass may be said or the Mass of the prior
Tuesday, 21 April: Although born in Italy, St. Anselm E. C. D., was a Benedictine who ended up defending the liberty of the Church in the late X Century against the English King, William Rufus, while stating “nothing in this world is dearer to Christ than the freedom of His Church.”
Wednesday 22 April: Feast of Popes and Martyrs, SS Soter and Caius. St. Soter was Pope for about 10 years beginning in 166 and was martyred under Marcus Arelius. St. Caius died in 296, served during a period of relative peace as Holy Father.
Thursday 23 April: Feast Day of St. George M., Patron of England since 800, a Roman soldier who was martyred under Diocletian in about 304. He is Patron of Armies in both the Eastern and Western Churches and is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers invoked for herpetic eye diseases. St. George is often pictured slaying the dragon.
Friday 24 April: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen M. is honored in the Mass today. A Swabian of the XVI Century, he was a Capuchin Friar, known, to love the poor, stabbed to death in Switzerland by Protestant soldiers who feared his conversions.
Today, is Anniversary of Coronation of Pope Benedict XVI.
Saturday 25th April: The Greater Litanies and Feast of St. Mark falls today.