Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Passion of St. John the Baptist

'The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request, “I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” The king was deeply distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests he did not wish to break his word to her. So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders to bring back his head. He went off and beheaded him in the prison. He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl. The girl in turn gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.' 

Read the full story of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist in Mark 6:17-29

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

St. Bartholomew

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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Queenship of Mary

The Queenship of Mary (22 August)
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090 - 1153) was a gifted preacher, writer and adviser who became a Cistercian Monk to escape the world’s temptations. He even inspired his brothers, uncles and many friends to join him. He helped the Church overcome many disputes and wrote many books that still inspire people today. Despite his great endeavors, he continued to live a simple monastic life. His feast day is on 20 August.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

St. Helena

St. Helena (c 300AD) was the mother of Emperor Constantine, who ended Christian persecution in the Roman empire. St. Helena spent her time building churches and restoring holy shrines. In Jerusalem, she found three crosses at the place of Jesus’ crucifixion. She knew which was the True Cross because it was the one that healed a sick woman who touched all the crosses. St. Helena’s feast day is on 18 August.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

‘And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars.’ 
- Revelation 12:1

Thursday, August 11, 2016

St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi (1194 - 1253) lived in the same town as St. Francis and had often heard him preach. Soon she imitated him and left everything to serve Jesus. She founded the ‘Poor Clares’, an order of nuns who lived simply, ate little and kept silent most of the time. Once, when invaders threatened to plunder their convent, St. Clare brought Jesus in the Eucharist to the convent walls and the invaders fled in fear! Her feast day is on 11 August.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence (225 – 258) was a Deacon of the Church during the times when the Roman Emperor hated the Christians. Lawrence was given charge over the treasures of one church in Rome. When the Emperor demanded these treasures, Lawrence sold them away and gave the money to the poor, sick and suffering.  He then told the Emperor that these people were the treasures of the church. The enraged Emperor decided to burn Lawrence alive but he did not feel any pain. In fact, he joked to the torturers, ‘Turn me over. I am done on one side!’ His feast day is on 10 August.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

St. Edith Stein

St. Edith Stein (1891 – 1942) came from a Jewish family in Poland. After accepting Christ, she became a Carmelite nun with the name St. Benedicta of the Cross. When the Nazis persecuted the Jews during World War II, St. Edith was also arrested and sent to the Auschwitz camp. She remained calm and prayed fervently for peace. She had a chance to escape but she chose to remain with her people to her death. Her feast day is on 9 August.

Monday, August 8, 2016

St. Dominic de Guzman

When St. Dominic of Guzman (1170 - 1221) was a student, he sold his textbooks to buy food for starving people in Spain. He became a priest later and went around telling others about Jesus. He founded the Order of the Preachers, or the Dominicans. Once, when he was praying for the Church, Mother Mary appeared to him and taught him how to say the Rosary. Since then, the Dominicans have encouraged people to pray the Rosary. St. Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers. His feast day is on 8 August.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Transfiguration of the Lord

'And while he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his vestment became white and shining. And behold, two men were talking with him. And these were Moses and Elijah, appearing in majesty.' - Luke 9:29-30

Thursday, August 4, 2016

St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney (1786 - 1859) almost did not become a priest because of his weak studies. However, he was ordained because of his holiness. Father Vianney was sent to the French village of Ars which had few God-fearing citizens. Through his works, penance and prayers, he converted the entire village. Soon, people everywhere came to seek him. He heard confessions for 16 hours everyday and converted many sinners. He is the patron saint of all priests. His feast day is on 4 August.

Monday, August 1, 2016

St. Alphonsus Liguori

St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696 - 1787) was a lawyer who became a wise and good priest in Italy. He preached about God’s love in simple ways. He started the “Redemptorists” order which guide people to God through preaching, hearing confessions, helping the poor, visiting families and many other good works. He is the patron saint of Theologians, people who study about God and Religion. His feast day is on 1 August.