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 26th is the feast day of the Lebanese Blessed Jacques the Capuchin. His spirituality was based on the cult of the Cross, devotion to the Virgin Mary, and unlimited trust in Divine Providence. A giant in charity who was recognized by both religious and civil authorities.
Blessed Jacques: “Charity has to be universal, which means we have to love everyone, because all are children of God; all have been redeemed by the Savior’s precious Blood; all are temples of the Spirit; all are called to praise God in heaven for all eternity. The human race is one family.”
Explore the biography, work, quotes, and videos (with English subtitles) of Blessed Jacques the Capuchin HERE.
Today, January 17, is the Feast of Saint Anthony the Great, Father of Monks. May his prayers be with us.
"The monk is a man who sees a dimension beyond this life. He sees the next life with the eyes of faith and passionately anticipates eternity on this earth. “At the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage …there is no male or female…” This describes the next life, but the monk experiences it now." An excerpt from the article: “Monastic Life in the Church” by Father Edmond Khashan O.L.M.
Image: Painting c.1465 in The Louvre in Paris. Photo by Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. on Flickr
"And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways." Luke 1:76
Image: Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. on Flickr
Lord, you gave joy to the mountains of Judea with this marvelous newborn child. Give joy to us also in memory of his birth that we may hear your voice, announce your appearance among us, and fulfill your will. Maronite Liturgy
"Joseph’s attitude encourages us to accept and welcome others as they are, without exception, and to show special concern for the weak, for God chooses what is weak." Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis.
The Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from, 8 December 2020, to 8 December 2021.