St. Anicetus — Pope and Martyr April 17

Though St. Anicetus did not shed his blood for the Faith, he suffered and endured untold dangers. He preserved his flock from heresy and brought comfort to those in pain.

Novena for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel begins.

Amen, amen, I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be changed into joy. — Gospel, John 16

The Imitation of Christ
For He manifestly exhorts His disciples that follow Him and that desire to follow Him, to bear the cross saying: “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.”
This saint gave his life for Christ very near the day on which we commemorate our Savior’s death. He had only shortly before helped to establish a fixed time for the keeping of Easter.
We should all be copies of Christ. Could anybody trace resemblances in you? Would anybody not knowing, guess from your actions that you are even a Catholic?
Imitation is the highest form of compliment.