They are two of the brightest lights in the communion of Saints, yet these very sinful, fallible men can inspire us to follow their example as we turn away from our past sins and embrace a future guided by the grace of Jesus Christ.
The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary offers us an opportunity to reflect on the extreme range of emotions she encountered, particularly sorrow. The Blessed Mother had many experiences to ponder in her heart; may her intercession lead us to the Cross of her Son.
The birth of John the Baptist reveals a pattern in his relationship to Jesus. John comes first to prepare the way for the greater glory that shines upon Christ. May John’s example inspire us to continue to blaze a trail for the proclamation of the Good News in our lives today.
The “Golden Rule” that Jesus offers his disciples has directed countless Christians in their relationships with one another. May this rule of life help us to interact with one another in a way that leads us all closer to the Lord.