Lifelong Catechesis

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December 06, 2023

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Saint of the Week

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Stephen of Hungary, King

In 997, Stephen worked very hard to establish the Church in Hungary, receiving the title of King for himself. He encouraged the growth of the Church, working against pagan forces to do so. He was a just King who governed by law based on Christian principles. Although meant to improve living conditions for all people, it made enemies for Stephen among those who were less fervent Christians. Nevertheless, Stephen was successful in bringing the local tribes together as one people and establishing the independent kingdom of Hungary.

Stephen, a ruler with all the power and wealth in his kingdom at his disposal, recognized that he had obligations reaching far beyond governing his people and used Christian principles to create an environment of change. We too can use our Christianity to better the lives of those around us.