“I, Jesus, sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star.” - Revelation 22:16. A midsummer sunrise over Indiana, deep in America’s heartland.
Happy Feast of St. Christopher! Little is known of this early saint who was martyred in the 251 AD. The most popular of legends surrounding him is that, after his conversion to Christianity, he desired to help others in the name of God. Due to his size and strength, he took on the task of assisting people across a river. One day he found himself helping a small child who, after hoisting the child upon his shoulders, seemed to increase to a nearly unbearable weight. Upon reaching the far bank and placing the child on the ground, he learned that the child was Jesus, who bore the weigh of the world. The name Christopher means “Christ-bearer” and St. Christopher is best known as patron of travellers. St. Christopher, pray for us! (at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception)
Today, July 11, is the Feast of St. Benedict (which means “blessed”), who died on this day in 550 AD. One of the most influential saints, the monastery he founded at Monte Cassino, Italy became the birthplace of the Benedictine order. There he developed his monastic Rule, which was unique at that time in that, instead of stressing self-denial and asceticism, it emphasized humility, obedience and a balance of work and prayer and community life. The Rule of St. Benedict eventually set the pattern for western monasticism. He is also the namesake of sixteen popes, including our Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. Shown here is the larger of my two St. Benedict crucifixes as well as a short story of his life from my “Give Us This Day” daily devotional book (highly recommended!). St. Benedict, pray for us!
Getting some prayer time with our Blessed Mother. I bought this pocket rosary on our trip to Costa Rica this past spring. “To Jesus through Mary.” (at Queen of Angels Catholic Church)
“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.” – John Hancock, first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
I wish you a fun, relaxing, safe and blessed Independence Day.
(at Monroeville, Indiana, USA)
One of the beautiful Denver Daisies in @m73jacobs’ flower garden. We’ve been blessed with some gorgeous flowers this year.
A few days late (it was June 27), but happy Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, direct from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. (at Sacred Heart Catholic Church)
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