(8th Century BC)
+ Micah was a Jewish prophet in Judah and is the author of Old Testament book of Micah. Born in Moresheth-Gath, he was active during the reigns of Kings Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.
+ He is honored as one of the Twelve Minor Prophets of Israel and he lived at roughly the same time as the prophets Isaiah, Amos, and Hosea.
+ Micah’s prophecies focused on Jerusalem. He foretold the destruction and restoration of Jerusalem and condemned the people of Judea for their infidelity to God.
+ It was the Micah who prophesied that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (see Micah 5:2 and Matthew 2:1-6.
December 21 is the Commemoration of Saint Peter Canisius, a Dutch Jesuit priest who dedicated his life and ministry to dialogue with Protestants and supporting the Catholic Church through Europe. He is especially remembered for his catechism and for establishing colleges in Ingolstadt, Prague, Dillingen, and Fribourg. Saint Peter Canisius died in 1597 and is honored as a Doctor of the Church.
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”—Micah 6:8
Almighty and eternal God, who by glorifying the Saints, bestow on us fresh proofs of your love, graciously grant that, commended by their intercession and spurred on by their example, we may be faithful in imitating your Only Begotten Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal: Common of Holy Men and Women)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.