Posted by: fvbcdm | June 23, 2012

Feast of Saint Joseph Cafasso (23 June 2012)


Guess what!  If you look at your church calendars, you will find that tomorrow, June 24,  is not a Sunday,  but rather the birthday of Saint John the Baptist, the cousin of Our Lord. It is, nonetheless, a holyday of obligation and we must attend Mass just as we do on a regular Sunday. There are only three persons whose birthdays we celebrate in the calendar of the Church, and they are Our Lord (December 25), Our Lady (September 8), and Saint John the Baptist (June 24).  The other saints are celebrated on the day of their death, not birth.  That is because the vast majority of the human race is born in sin.  But Jesus, Mary, and John the Baptist were born in grace, so their births are worthy of religious celebration.  Our Lord is the very source of holiness, so is totally full of grace by his divine nature.  Our Lady was conceived without sin by her immaculate conception and thus has been “full of grace” at every moment of her existence.  And Saint John the Baptist was sanctified at the moment when Our Lady and her cousin Elizabeth, John’s mother, came together, each bearing these very special sons in their wombs.  The unborn John leaped in his mother’s womb to indicate his unique role as the forerunner of the Savior, and the Church has always seen this as meaning that he received sanctifying grace then and there. 


Friends of mine and I indulged recently in a little quiz game concerning this important feast this Sunday.  Who were the parents of Saint John the Baptist?  What happened at the second joyful mystery of the Rosary—the Visitation?  Whis there a connection between the birth of Saint John the Baptist and the longest day of the year?  How did Saint John the Baptist die?  I hope that the idea of this sort of quiz will make you examine your knowledge of these matters and look up the answers to these questions if you don’t already know them.  In any case, a happy first day of summer to you, which has already occurred this year this past Wednesday.  And a happy Saint John the Baptist Day which is a very big feast day among our French-Canadian Catholic brothers and sisters.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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