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Summertime and the Living is Easy

 

Now that we have concluded the long journey of Lent, Triduum and the Easter Season, along with the rest of the world, the Church seems to settle in for a more relaxed summer season. Autumn will come soon enough but until the pace picks up again in September, a summer hiatus is very appealing. What better way to soak up the sun, than to soak up the Son as modeled for us in the lives of the saints? Our brothers and sisters in faith gave of themselves in imitation of the Master, and they are our most ardent supports. If we are still active players in the game of life, they surround us in the grandstand, cheering us on every step of the way.

So take the summertime to learn something new about these heroes, heroines and benefactors:

 

St John the Baptist (June 24). So why was this day picked for his feast?

Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29). You might think each deserved his own feast day. So why are they together?

St. Thomas the Apostle (July 3). Doubting Thomas….Where did his ministry lead him?

St. Augustine Zhao Rong and companions (July 9). St Augustine had many companions as ministers in China, but how many?

St. Kateri Tekakwitha (July 14). The “Lily of the Mohawks.” You can see where she once lived right off the New York State Thruway. The name of the town is_____________?

Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr (July 20). The lives of some saints are not so well known. Apollinaris was bishop of what city (or maybe not!)?

 

Answers….and more saints to consider in late July.


                                      Deacon Greg