The readings for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C speak about being called by God and sent to do His work. Discipleship is a clear theme here, as is the first reaction of unworthiness.
St. Thomas Aquinas is a 13th century saint and a Doctor of the Church. St. Thomas was influenced by the philosopher Aristotle and was known to for his logical and reasoned approach to theology.
St. Angela Merici is the founder of the Ursuline order of religious sisters. She is the patron saint of the sick, the disabled, and all those grieving the loss of parents. Her feast day is January 27.
The readings for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C bring to mind the adversity which can occur during discipleship. So this is a good time to talk about not giving up, trusting in God, and handling rejection.
St. Agnes of Rome was born in the year 291. Many eligible young men sought to marry her. But she saw herself as the spouse of Jesus. When she continued to resist, she was condemned to death and was martyred at the age of 13.
January 22 is the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision and is designated as the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”. It is a day of prayer and penance.