The month of July brings us many beautiful feast days in the liturgical calendar. Each saint speaks to us of how we are called to live as Christians in our own unique time and place. Each of us has a vocation and only when we hear and follow God’s call do we really find happiness and joy. Let’s look at a few:
Saint Thomas (July 3) - Known in history as “doubting Thomas”, this apostle is remembered as a great missionary. Tradition tells us that he brought the Gospel to India and to this day many Christians there proudly call themselves “Saint Thomas
Saint Benedict (July 11) - This great saint is a seminal figure in both the history of the Church and the history of Western Civilization. Considered the founder of western monasticism, he is an example of those called to the religious life.
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (July 14) - The “Lily of the Mohawks”, Kateri faced opposition from family and tribe to follow Jesus. She is a wonderful example of humility and chastity, especially for those who remain single throughout their lives.
Saints Joachim and Ann (July 26) - This married man and woman were parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of Jesus. They found their great calling in the midst of married life.
Apostle and missionary; monk or priest or nun; single person; husband and wife, parent and grandparent: each is called to live a life of holiness. So am I and so are you! Come to know your vocation, be faithful to it and become the saint that God has created you to be!
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