Feast days and memorials fill the August calendar. I don’t know about you, but when I look at a month like this, a big smile crosses my face. It’s like a month full of birthday parties! Take a look:
- August 1 St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church
- August 2 St. Peter Eymard
- August 4 St. John Vianney
- August 5 Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome
- August 6 The Transfiguration
- August 8 St. Dominic
- August 9 St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (St. Edith Stein)
- August 10 St. Lawrence
- August 11 St. Clare
- August 12 St. Jane Frances de Chantal
- August 15 The Assumption
- August 20 St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church
- August 22 Queenship of Mary
- August 23 St. Rose of Lima
- August 24 St. Bartholomew
- August 27 St. Monica
- August 28 St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church
- August 28 Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist
Sometimes I look at the richness of our Faith, and I stand in awe. The lives of those who have gone before us present so much for us to learn and to emulate. Every investigation of the lives of one of these holy men and women draws me deeper into the mystery of the Body of Christ – he the head, and we, all of us in heaven and on earth, his body.
One of the things I think is totally cool is that when we get to heaven, they’ll all be there! We will all be there in fullness. We will lack nothing. Saint John the Baptist will have his head (of his glorified body, of course!) St. Augustine will have all his questions answered. St. Monica will no longer need to pray for her son’s conversion. St. Dominic will no longer need to preach. St. Alphonsus will have his love for Our Lady complete by being in her presence. All of us will have the longings of our hearts fulfilled.
Just think about that for a minute. The presence of God will surround us and fill us – complete love and joy We will want for nothing. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, (for) the old order has passed away.” He will make all things new. (Rv 21:4-5) It’s unfathomable. Imagine a life without pain or mourning or death. All things will be new – even our deepest love because everything here on earth is merely a shadow of what awaits. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind can know what God has in store for those who love Him. (1 Cor 2:9) That means us, too.
In the meantime, though, we are here, and we must “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” (Phil 2:12) We heed the words of St. Paul, “Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life, so that my boast for the day of Christ may be that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. ” (Phil 2:13-16)
Let’s make our older brothers and sisters proud. Let’s give them something to brag about!
All holy men and women, pray for us! Anne