June 29 is the feast day of Sts Peter and Paul.
O Lord God, may we celebrate well the feast of your apostles Peter and Paul, the head of the Church and the vessel of election. Maronite Liturgy
Image by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. @ Flickr: Sts. Peter and Paul-Cast statues in the V&A museum in London.
June 24 is the Birth of St. John the Baptist.
Lord, give us joy in memory of his birth that we may hear your voice, announce your appearance among us, and fulfill your will. Maronite Liturgy
"Motherhood is the gift of God to women. How grateful we must be to God for this wonderful gift that brings such joy to the whole world, women and men alike!" Saint Mother Teresa Happy Mother's Day.
Today is the feast of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary.
“Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” Luke 1:30
O Christ our Savior, may we celebrate in joy and gladness the feast of the cross and honor the wood which was planted on Golgotha for our salvation. Maronite Liturgy
Jesus, Light of the world, you were baptized in the Jordan… Purify us through your holy descent. Maronite Liturgy
Image: Sculpture from Manila Cathedral of the Baptism of Christ by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. on Flickr
Dec 8, Feast of The Immaculate Conception
“Blessed are you, Virgin and Mother, sanctified from your conception".
"Just as Jesus is described as the New Adam, Mary is the New Eve. Ephrem wrote: “The two women were pure and simple, Mary and Eve. One of them, however, became the cause of our death and the other, the cause of our life. Eve, by hearing the word of the serpent conceived evil and brought death. Mary, by hearing the Word of God, conceived Jesus and brought life”.
More about the Immaculate Conception dogma HERE.
If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon Our Lady. Just say this simple prayer, “Mary, mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.” I must admit, this prayer has never failed me. – Mother Teresa
Happy Mother's Day.
Image: Catholic Church England and Wales @ Flicker
The Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.
"The faith Christ taught us is what we see in Saint Joseph. He did not look for shortcuts, but confronted reality with open eyes and accepted personal responsibility for it."
Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis.