Here is the saint’s calendar for January 24, 2019, and several versions, each focusing on individual saints, all wonderful.
The Catholic Church has many saints and reading about their lives has been a spiritual journey Catholics have been on since the publication of the Golden Legend, http://sourcebooks.web.fordham.edu/basis/goldenlegend/
From Butler’s Calendar of the Saints listing all of the saints of today. https://web.archive.org/web/20061019143631/http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/day0124.htm
From Butler’s Lives of the Saints, highlighting St. Timothy, Bishop, http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/lots/lots034.htm
From Franciscan Media, St. Francis de Sales, https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-francis-de-sales/
From a most lovely site, really a daily devotional site offering much more than just saint of the day, Anastpaul https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/
One of my personal favorites, Tradition in Action, also St. Timothy https://traditioninaction.org/SOD/j210sd_Timothy_01_24.html and St. Babylas https://traditioninaction.org/SOD/j058sdBabylas1-24.htm
Here is what the 1962 Roman Missal says about St. Timothy, Bishop: “St. Timothy, who is the best known disciple of St. Paul, was bishop of Ephesus in Asia Minor. He was stoned to death by pagans A. D. 97.” (p. 1148) The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual. (2004). Baronius Press: London.
And a great resource for further exploration of individual saints, The Catholic Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/index.html
Capital Punishment Uncertainty
An unintended consequence of Pope Francis’ recent call to abolish capital punishment might be to increase it in the United States, as this article from the Washington Post describes.
In August, Pope Francis declared the death penalty morally unacceptable in all circumstances and committed the church to its global abolition. This pronouncement broke from previous Catholic teaching, which permitted the death penalty in “very rare” cases of “absolute necessity.”
Death penalty abolitionists hold out hope that the pope’s new call to action may eventually sway the American public: Catholic voters and politicians might become more inclined to repeal the death penalty, Catholic prosecutors might increasingly exercise their discretion not to pursue capital punishment, and Catholic judges (including the five Catholic justices on the Supreme Court) might grow more receptive to legal arguments that limit the practice. A change in public opinion could also influence the Supreme Court, which considers society’s “evolving standards of decency” in evaluating whether a punishment is “cruel and unusual” under the Eighth Amendment.
But because of the anomalous way we select juries in capital cases, greater opposition to the death penalty among Catholics could, counterintuitively, increase the number of death sentences imposed in this country. Such opposition could even solidify judicial support for capital punishment. This paradox is possible because of a process called “death qualification,” in which a judge can disqualify certain prospective jurors who are opposed to executions. The pope’s sharpening of the Catholic position on the death penalty helps reveal the problems with this system.
Death qualification produces a smaller, more adamantly pro-execution pool of jurors. Studies show that death-qualified juries are more inclined not just to impose the death penalty (because, somewhat obviously, those with qualms are excluded) but to convict in the first place. One review of 14 studies found that a “favorable attitude towards the death penalty translates into a 44% increase in the probability of a juror favoring conviction.” Research suggests that death-qualified jurors are more persuaded by aggravating evidence at sentencing and less persuaded by mitigating evidence than those who are disqualified.
Death qualification weakens the connection between capital trial outcomes and the views of the broader community. In a study of 11 capital trials in Louisiana from 2009 to 2013, I found that more than 22 percent of prospective jurors were removed because they opposed the death penalty. And death qualification can disproportionately affect certain minority groups. One 2010 study found that in a mock capital sentencing proceeding, Catholics were already more than twice as likely as others to be excluded from juries considering a death sentence. (African Americans are also more likely to be removed.)
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