Sunday, July 23, 2017

St. Bridget of Sweden

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene
Feast Day July 22
Mary Magdalene was standing outside at the tomb weeping. So, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. They told her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don’t know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and didn’t know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him, “Rabboni!” which is to say, “Teacher!” - John 20:11-16

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel dates back to the 12th century when hermits founded the Carmelite Order on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. In 1251, Mother Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock, the leader of the Carmelites in England. She gave him a brown scapular and told him that anyone who wore it in faith would receive divine protection. Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s feast day is on 16 July.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!

Friday, July 14, 2017

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 - 1680) was a Native American girl born to a Mohawk chief and his Catholic wife. St. Kateri learned about Jesus from her mother and also from Jesuit missionaries. She was badly scarred by a disease that also took her family’s lives. She stayed with an uncle who objected to her faith. So she fled to a Catholic native village where she helped the sick, did penance for sinners and lived a life of prayer.  St. Kateri is the patron saint of Native Americans and the environment. Her feast day is on 17 April (Canada) and 14 July (USA).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin

Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin (19th century) are the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the French Carmelite nun. St. Louis was a watchmaker and St. Zelie was a lace maker. They had both tried to join religious orders but were rejected because God had greater plans for them as a married couple. Their holy piety inspired all their daughters to become nuns! Life in the Martin Family was not only holy but filled with joy and laughter. Sts. Louis and Zelie were truly parents every child could wish for. Their feast day is on 12 July.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

St. Benedict of Nursia

As a student in Rome, St. Benedict (480 – 547) found it hard to spend time with God in the city. So he became a hermit. Soon he became a leader of some monks but they later decided that his rules were too strict. They even tried to murder him but when he blessed the poisoned drink, the glass broke! He left them and founded many monasteries based on his rules of work, prayer and penance. He is patron saint of Europe. His feast day is on 11 July.