On the date of his nativity, we honor Saint John the Baptist, who was filled with the Holy Spirit while in his mother’s womb, was chosen by God to herald His Son, lived a model life of holiness and was martyred for his faith.
Marcellin Joseph Benoit Champagnat was a French priest and founder of the Society of Mary. He is the patron of education and teachers. Brothers of Mary, or Marist Brothers, founded in poverty, humility, and total trust in God under Mary’s protection and with the purpose of having its members serve as teachers, catechists, and educators of young people. Watch a video about him in today’s post.
We pray it as part of the Liturgy of Hours, and we hear it proclaimed in the Gospel reading on the feast of the Visitation — May 31 — but I’m not sure most Catholics stop often enough to think about what a beautiful gift we have in Mary’s Magnificat. This post by Our Sunday Visitor editorial director for periodicals Gretchen Crowe reminds us of its importance.
Does your diocese celebrate the feast of the Ascension of the Lord on Thursday (which is then a Holy Day of Obligation)? Or on Sunday? Here’s why there’s a difference: […]
On Pentecost Sunday, we remember how the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles and disciples. This year Pentecost Sunday falls on June 9. This post offers some family-friendly ways to learn about and listen to the call of the Holy Spirit.