Monday, July 22nd: St Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles, (time of Christ)
St. Luke records that she was a notorious sinner, and had seven devils removed from her. She was present at Our Lords’ Crucifixion, and with Joanna and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, at Jesus’ empty tomb. She was the first to see the resurrected Christ. She was given the rank of “feast” like the Apostles, and is identified as the Apostle to the Apostles, by Pope Francis (June of 2016).
Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her.
Patron: penitents, perfumers
Monday, July 23rd: St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373)
St Bridget was born into a rich and pious family. She had visions of Jesus,The Man of Sorrows, as a child. This dream was very vivid. Birgitta asked Him who had done that to Him. His answer: ‘All those who despise my love”. She married Ulf Gudmarsson, a prince, and was a devoted wife, and mother to eight children. St Catherine of Sweden is her daughter.
“The world would have peace if only men of politics would follow the Gospels”
Patron: Europe, Sweden, widows
Tuesday, July 24th: St. Sharbel Makhluf, Priest, monk, hermit (1828-1898)
Joseph Zaroun Makluf father died when He was three. He lived in Lebanon, and was raised by his uncle. He took the name Sharbel in honor of a second-century martyr. Following the example of his namesake, he lived as a hermit from 1875, until his death. His reputation for holiness prompted people to seek him, to receive a blessing and to be remembered in his prayers. He followed a strict fast and was very devoted to the Blessed Sacrament.
“The Church of the Christ is a rock upon which are being shattered the waves of evil.
Wednesday, July 25th: St. James, Apostle, Martyr (time of Christ)
James and his brother John were referred to by Jesus as Sons of Thunder. These brothers along with Peter were the only Apostles at the raising of Jairus’ daughter, garden of Gethsemane and Transfiguration. James was one of the early martyrs. He is thought to have possibly taken the Gospel message to Spain.
So also Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Patron: laborers, farmers equestrians, veterinarians, woodcarvers, pharmacists
Thursday, July 26th: St. Joachim & Anne, parents of Blessed Mother (time of Christ)
Anne and Joachim are the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is nothing really documented about these two Saints.
Patron Anne: children, pregnancy, homemakers ,the childless , poverty, teacher
Patron Joachim: fathers, grandparents
Friday, July 27th: Bl. Titus Brandsma, Martyr (1881-1942)
He was born in the Netherlands, and became a Carmelite as a young man, and a priest in 1905. He displayed a dazzling intellect and taught in universities. When the Nazis occupied the Netherlands,Titus was singled out as an enemy because he fought against the spread of Nazism in Europe. Arrested, Titus was sent to various concentration camps where he demonstrated charity and concern.
Patron: Catholic journalists, tobacconists
Saturday, July 28th: St Samson, monk, Bishop (late 5th century)
He was a Welsh bishop and evangelizer. On a trip to Ireland, Samson became a hermit with Amon whom he cured of a mortal illness. In Cornwall, he was consecrated a bishop and appointed an abbot. He spent the rest of his life as a missionary, even though he had long searched for solitude. He was one of the foremost (if not relatively unknown) evangelizers of his century.
Sunday, July 29th: St Martha, Disciple of Christ (time of Christ)
“Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus.” This unique statement in John’s gospel tells us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha, her sister, and her brother.
Martha is busy with the cultural tasks of hospitality, while Mary is listening to Jesus. He observes that Martha is worried about many things that distract her from really being present to him that is what Mary has done.
The next time, Martha is grieving the death of her brother, when she hears that Jesus is in the area. She gets up immediately, leaves the guests and mourning, then goes to meet him. Martha learned to seek Jesus first.
Martha is the patron saint of servants and cooks.