Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostles' blood. Let us embrace what they believed, their life, their labors, their sufferings, their preaching, and their confession of faith. ~ St. Augustine of Hippo These bronze statues of Sts. Peter and Paul on the outside of the church are located where entry doors were prior to 1940. Saints Peter and Paul - Pray for us!
No man can know God unless God has taught him; that is to say, that without God, God cannot be known. ~Irenaeus of Lyons June 28th is the Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr. As a bishop in the second century Irenaeus wrote against Gnostic heresies and his apologetic works helped to set out the orthodox teachings of the faith. St. Irenaeus - pray for us!
“If the poison of pride is swelling up in you, turn to the Eucharist; and that Bread, which is your God humbling and disguising Himself, will teach you humility. If the fever of selfish greed rages in you, feed on this Bread; and you will learn generosity. If the cold wind of coveting withers you, hasten to the Bread of Angels; and charity will come to blossom in your heart. If you feel the itch of intemperance, nourish yourself with the Flesh and Blood of Christ, Who practiced heroic self-control during His earthly life; and you will become temperate. If you are lazy and sluggish about spiritual things, strengthen yourself with this heavenly Food; and you will grow fervent. Lastly, if you feel scorched by the fever of impurity, go to the banquet of the Angels; and the spotless Flesh of Christ will make you pure and chaste.” ~ St. Cyril of Alexandria June 27 is the feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria - Patriarch of Alexandria, Church father and Doctor of the Church.
Let us work a lot and work well, without forgetting that prayer is our best weapon. ~ St. Josemaria Escriva June 26 is the feast of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei The events of 2020 have led to high unemployment and many people in need of work. For those who are searching for work this feast day is an ideal time to start praying The Novena for Work to St. Josemaria Escriva. Link in bio
Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’ “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. Matthew 7:21-29 Gospel for Thursday of the 12th week of Ordinary Time
We place our gifts upon Your altar, O Lord, in solemn celebration of the birthday of John. John was the herald of the coming of the Saviour of the world, and pointed Him out when He arrived as Jesus Christ, Your Son our Lord; who lives and rules with You. Secret prayer for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist in the 1962 Missal.
The love of husband and wife is the forge that welds society together. - St. John Chrysostom
I do not care very much what men say of me, provided that God approves of me. ~ St. Thomas More June 22nd is the feast of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More. Two men who were martyred by King Henry VIII while standing for the Catholic Church. It can be difficult for us to stand for the faith in today's culture. When Catholics face challenges in the public square it is a good time to ask for the intercession of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, martyrs for the faith - pray for us!
A father’s blessing gives a family firm roots Sirach 3:9