Just a friendly liturgical year reminder . . . The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is tomorrow, August 15th, and is a Holy Day of Obligation in all dioceses of the United States, and in England, Wales, Ireland, Australia, and many other places. Please make a note of it. 😃 The feast of the Assumption is traditionally associated with the blessing of herbs, that you can then use for cooking or decoration. So, bring a sprig 🌱🌿 or two with you and ask Father to bless them for you after Mass. if he looks at you like you're crazy 😜, feel free to blame it on me. #liturgicalliving #feastoftheassumption
Happy feast of St. Clare! Clare was born into a wealthy and noble but devout family at the end of the twelfth century. At eighteen years old, she met St. Francis of Assisi, and decided to leave everything behind to follow him. With the consent of her mother, she cut off her hair and founded a religious order for women, in the spirit of St. Francis' brotherhood of men. She and her companions embraced poverty, austerity, and seclusion from the world. At first, Francis supervised the women himself, with Clare as prioress, but soon he turned over leadership to Clare as abbess. She became the first woman to write a rule for a religious order, and spent her lifetime defending it against those who would have eased up on them. Eventually she was joined in her order by her mother and two sisters. In 1224, Assisi was besieged by the forces of Fredrick II. St. Clare left the cloister and faced down the army, carrying only the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance. Upon seeing her (and Jesus in the Sacrament) the soldiers were seized with a mysterious fear, and all ran away 😱🏃🏃🏃😱 and Assisi was saved! #feastofstclare
Happy feast of St. Lawrence! Who's up for grilling? St. Lawrence of Rome was born in the third century in Spain. He accompanied the soon to be Pope St. Sixtus II to Rome and there was named the youngest of the city’s seven deacons. St. Ambrose of Milan tells us (and he’s never lied to me before) that, as a deacon, Lawrence was in charge of the material goods of the Church and the distribution of alms to the poor. During the persecution of Christians ordered by the Roman Emperor Valerian, Pope Sixtus II was executed along with many other priests and deacons. The local prefect offered to spare the life of St. Lawrence, if he would turn over to him the treasures of the Church. Lawrence asked him for three days to gather the treasures, and the prefect agreed. The deacon spent the days distributing the wealth of the Church to the poor of the city, and entrusting important books and documents to their care, asking only that they would agree to meet him outside the home of the prefect on the morning of the third day. When the prefect came out, expecting gold and jewels, he was presented with a motley crew of widows and orphans, the poor, the crippled, and the blind. St. Lawrence declared that THESE were the true treasures of the Church. And he was promptly arrested. The prefect was so angry that, rather than behead Lawrence, as he had the other Christians, he had a large gridiron prepared, with red hot coals beneath it. He had St. Lawrence placed upon the gridiron to suffer, but Lawrence, in the midst of his physical agony, just before his death, cheerfully declared, “You’d better turn me over. I’m done on this side!” He is a patron saint of librarians and archivists, for the care he took to preserve the books and documents of the Church. He is a patron saint of cooks, for the fact that he was cooked. And he is the patron saint of comedians, for the excellent sense of humor he displayed about the whole ordeal. Clearly, this guy was fun. And I really can’t think of any better way to honor him than with a barbecue night and a comedy showcase. Ours starts soon!
Happy Feast of the Transfiguration! It's a good day to go for a hike ⛰ or maybe take care of any bleaching of garments you've been putting off. 😉. #feastofthetransfiguration
Happy feast of St. Mary Magdalene! She is known as the Apostle to the Apostles, because it was she who brought the news of the Resurrection to Jesus' followers. She features prominently in the gospels and is notable for having been cleansed by Jesus of seven demons. Although she's not named specifically, in the Middle Ages she became associated with the woman who washes Jesus' feet with her tears and dries them with her hair, earning her other nickname, The Penitent. Because she brought spices to the tomb, we like to eat curry or some other dish made with plenty of spices, and to drink . . . 7Up for the seven demons! It's also a great day to talk about penitence, and to apologize to people we've hurt, and to get to confession if it's been a while. Most parishes offer confession on Saturday afternoons. #feastofstmarymagdalene #liturgicalliving
Happy feast of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks. To celebrate today, we'll talk about St. Kateri and the missionaries to North America, and we'll make simple homemade maple taffy. All you need is snow ❄️ (ice+a little water in the blender) spread out on a cookie sheet and real 100% maple syrup 🍁, brought to a boil on the stove or in the microwave. Pour the syrup in a line (or lines) about an inch thick, and let it cool for a few seconds, then roll the taffy up on a stick and enjoy! #feastofstkateri #liturgicalliving #catholic
Happy feast of St. Benedict! No pressure or anything .
Happy feast of St. Maria Goretti! When she was eleven years old, Maria was the victim of an attempted sexual assault by her nineteen year old neighbor, Alessandro. As she tried to escape from him, he stabbed her multiple times, and she died in the hospital from her injuries, having forgiven her attacker. Alessandro was convicted and imprisoned for murder. Years later, he had a vision of Maria in which she offered him forgiveness and encouraged him to turn his life around. He did. He was eventually released from prison, sought the forgiveness of Maria's mother, and became a lay brother in a monastery. Alessandro and Maria's mother were both present at her canonization in 1950. #feastofstmariagoretti #catholic
Happy Birthday America!
Happy Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul! One of them denied that he knew Jesus, one never did (and actively tried to destroy the new Church). And THEY are the two pillars upon which Christendom was built! It just goes to show that you never know what God might have in store for you. Since St. Peter was a fisherman and St. Paul was a tent-maker we could all stop what we're doing and go on a camping/fishing trip. But probably what we'll do instead is make little tents out of graham crackers and eat them with gummy fish candies. 🏕🎣 #feastofstspeterandpaul #catholic #liturgicalliving
Happy Feast of St. Josemaria Escriva, patron saint of ordinary work. This seems like the perfect day to finish editing and get this book submitted! #feastofstjosemaria #stjosemaria #prayforus
Happy Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist! 🎂🎈🎉This is one of only three birthdays celebrated as feast days on the Church calendar, because St. John the Baptist, along with his aunt and cousin are the only three people to have been born without original sin. St. John the Baptist's quote here is even cooler when you realize that we just had the summer solstice, which means that the days will decrease in length until December when Jesus is born, at which point they will again increase until summer. 🌅🌄 #becausegodiscoollikethat #Catholic #nativityofstjohnthebaptist #locustsandwildhoneyforeveryone 🦂🍯 #twosolemnitiesinarow
Happy Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! In 1673 Jesus began appearing to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun. His messages emphasized his infinite mercy and love for all mankind, as opposed to the heretical beliefs of the Calvinists and the Jansenists of the 16th and 17th centuries, which claimed that many (if not most) people were inexorably damned despite their best efforts and the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary. There is a plenary indulgence available today (with the usual conditions) for the recitation of the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It's a solemnity AND a Friday, which means that the usual required Friday abstinence from meat doesn't apply today! #sacredheart #feastofthesacredheart #Catholic
Heads up party people . . . It's the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus tomorrow. One of two Meat Fridays we can count on each year! Please plan your day accordingly. 🍴🐂🐄🐃🐖🐑🐏🐐🐓🦃 #Catholic #meatfriday #sacredheart #feastofthesacredheart
Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi. Today is the day we celebrate the lasting gift Jesus gave us at the Last Supper, but without the distractions of the other events of the Triduum. Jesus gave us his actual body to eat, and his actual blood to drink. If that sounds like a hard saying to you, well it did to a lot of Jesus' followers in his day as well. Catholics profess belief in transubstantiation. That is, while the bread and wine continue to have all the APPEARANCES of bread and wine, at the moment of the consecration their SUBSTANCE is changed completely to actually be the body and blood of Christ. As Ms. Flannery points out so succinctly, it's NOT a symbol. If your parish offers a Eucharistic procession today, lucky you! Either way, it would be a good day to consider starting the habit of staying after Mass for a few minutes of thanksgiving before Jesus in the tabernacle. Another traditional practice is to make the sign of the cross anytime you are passing a Catholic Church, to acknowledge that Jesus is in there! #feastofcorpuschristi #Catholic #itstherealdeal
A very serious Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there, including our priests! #happyfathersday #Catholic
Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity!
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is coming up on Sunday. And I was thinking about what to have for dinner . . .
Happy Feast of Pentecost and Happy Birthday to the Church! Today, we'll wear red to Mass and have a bonfire and pray this prayer. 🔥💦💨🕊 #comeholyspirit #pentecost #redforpentecost ❤️
Happy Feast of the Visitation, aka pregnant ladies helping pregnant ladies. Today we celebrate Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth, when John the Baptist jumped for joy in Elizabeth's womb. Elizabeth's greeting to Mary makes up part of the Hail Mary, and Mary's reply to her is known as The Magnificat. Today would be an excellent day to recite this prayer, and perhaps the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary? My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever. (Lk 1:46-55) #feastofthevisitation #hailmary #magnificat