“The feast is a logical follow-up to the Assumption and is now celebrated on the octave day of that feast. In his encyclical To the Queen of Heaven, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.” -read more from AmericanCatholic.org.
Where in Scripture do we see Mary as Queen Mother? Check out CCH theological advisory board member Dr. Scott Hahn’s article: Mary, Holy Mother.
How are you celebrating Mary’s Queenship in your life and home today?
“The strong character of Mary in making decisions, her continuous practice of prayer, her devotion to the laws of her faith, her steadiness at moments of crisis, and her devotion to her relatives—all indicate a close-knit, loving family that looked forward to the next generation even while retaining the best of the past.
“Joachim and Anne…represent that entire quiet series of generations who faithfully perform their duties, practice their faith and establish an atmosphere for the coming of the Messiah, but remain obscure.”
St. Maria Goretti is the patron saint of youth. Take time today to pray for the young people, especially teenagers, in your life. The teenage years are incredibly challenging, and young people need all the prayers and love they can get from the adults in their lives.
Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist, the great herald of the Gospel, preparing the way for Christ. John recognized his mission from God to point to the son of God and the coming of the Kingdom, and he lived that vocation with great passion…even unto death. His attitude toward Christ is summed up in his beautiful words:
“He must increase; I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
We can all learn from John and point others toward Christ every day of our lives. How can you bring the Good News to people in your life today and this week?
St. Anthony was a Franciscan, a man of great prayer and an amazing teacher of Scripture and theology in France and Italy. St. Anthony gives us a beautiful example of what happens when one completely surrenders his life to Christ. He is the patron saint of lost items, the poor, and travelers.
“Attribute to God every good that you have received.” -St. Anthony of Padua
Blessed John XXIII is perhaps most well known for his convening of the Second Vatican Council. He was a humble man, passionate about bringing the Church to understand the Gospel better.
“Mother and Teacher of all nations—such is the Catholic Church in the mind of her Founder, Jesus Christ; to hold the world in an embrace of love, that men, in every age, should find in her their own completeness in a higher order of living, and their ultimate salvation.” -Blessed John XXIII, Mater et Magistra (Mother and Teacher)
“Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.” -John 20:8
“Seeing” and “believing” are important themes in John’s Gospel. St. Thomas was once who struggled with believing, but St. John the Apostle and Evangelist had an amazing strength of faith. He saw the empty tomb and immediately believed in the risen Christ.
How often do you struggle with total abandonment to belief in Christ? Is your faith in Christ as unwavering as the Beloved Disciple’s?
St. John the Evangelist, pray for us and our growth in faith in the Incarnate and Risen Logos!
St. Padre Pio beautifully teaches us, by his words and most especially by his life, about redemptive suffering.
Reflect on some of his thoughts today, and ask him to intercede for you in your own sufferings.
“Jesus said to me; ‘How many times would you have abandoned Me, my son, if I had not crucified you. Beneath the cross, one learns love, and I do not give this to everyone, but only to those souls who are dearest to Me.” -Secrets of a Soul
“When Jesus wants me to understand that He loves me, He allows me to savor the wounds, the thorns, the agonies of His passion…When He wants to delight me, He fills my heart with that spirit which is all fire; He speaks to me of His delights. But when He wants to be delighted, He speaks to me of His sorrows, He invites me — with a voice full of both supplication and authority — to affix my body [to the cross] in order to alleviate His suffering. Who can resist Him? I realize how much my miseries have caused Him to suffer, how much I have offended Him. I desire no other than Jesus alone, I want nothing more than His pains (because this is what Jesus wishes).” -Secrets of a Soul