Monday, August 31, 2015

St. Joseph of Arimathea and St. Nicodemus

St. Joseph of Arimathea and St. Nicodemus
Feast Day, August 31

‘… Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.’ John 19:38-39



Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Passion of St. John the Baptist

The Passion of St. John the Baptist
Today we commemorate the martydom of St. John the Baptist.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine (354 - 430) is a great teacher of Christianity. As a young man living in North Africa, he spent his time enjoying worldly pleasures. Through his mother, St. Monica’s prayers and Bishop St. Ambrose’s advice, St. Augustine eventually believed in Jesus and changed his behaviour.  He became a priest and later, the Bishop of Hippo. He wrote many books about God, inspiring generations and converted many. His feast day is on 28 August.


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

St. Monica

St. Monica
St. Monica (331 - 387) was the mother of St. Augustine, the famous bishop of Hippo. She had a very difficult life as a wife, mother and daughter-in-law in North Africa. Her husband did not share her faith and was hot-tempered. Her mother-in-law treated her badly and Augustine was wayward. However, through her examples, prayers and fasting, all of them eventually believed in Jesus. She prayed for St. Augustine for 17 years before he converted! Her feast day is on 27 August. 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

St. Bartholomew the Apostle

St. Bartholomew the Apostle
St. Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael, first heard about Jesus when he was sitting under a fig tree. His friend, St. Phillip told him they had found the Messiah but Bartholomew was sceptical. When he met Jesus, the Lord called him ‘a man without deceit’. St. Bartholomew recognized Jesus as the Son of God and followed Him. Together with St. Jude, St. Bartholomew brought the Gospel to Armenia where he died a terrible death by being skinned. This is why he is sometimes shown with a knife that was used to torture him.  St. Bartholomew’s feast day is on 24 August.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Our Lady of Knock

Our Lady of Knock
In 1879, Mother Mary appeared next to a church to many villagers in Knock, Ireland. She did not say anything and was accompanied by St. Joseph and St. John. An altar with a lamb and cross also appeared behind them. After that, many cures and miracles happened at the site of the vision. Our Lady of Knock’s feast day is on 21 August.

Our Lady of Knock, pray for us!