Daily Martyrology for January 6

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. In the United States this feast is celebrated on the first Sunday after January 1.

In 1925, in Rome, St. Raphaela María Porras. Born in Spain, with her sister she founded the congregation of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart. Evidently through jealousy, Raphaela was exiled to a convent in Rome for thirty years. She bore her “purgatory of inactivity” with remarkable equanimity.

In Montreal, in 1937, Blessed Andrew Bessette, Holy Cross Brother, who served his order with charity and patience as janitor, barber, gardener, and infirmarian.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.