The Gift of Our Blessed Mother

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July 26

Feast of Sts. Joachim and Ann, Parents of Our Blessed Mother Mary

Joachim and Ann, how blessed a couple! All creation is indebted to you. For at your hands the Creator was offered a gift excelling all other gifts: a chaste mother, who alone was worthy of him.

                                                                        -Saint John Damascene Read the rest…

Seed of Faith

July 25

July 25

Feast of St. James, Apostle

Almighty Father, by the martyrdom of St. James you blessed the work of the early Church. May his profession of faith give us courage and his prayers bring us strength.

                                                            -From the Office of Readings for

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Our Lady of Lourdes Comes to Iraq

19009789 - a detail of a statue of our lady of lourdes in floriana, maltaWhen ISIS overtook Iraqi cities at the peak of its jihadi fury, it was their custom to remove or destroy statues of Jesus and Mary in their wake; however, this absence of sacred symbols will soon be just a memory for Christians in several Iraqi cities as 15 new statues of Our Lady of Lourdes are now being installed.

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