This week, the Church celebrates several of the earliest saints, including Saint Mary Magdalene (July 22), Saint James, the Apostle (July 25), and Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26). These prayers and reflections can help you include these saints in a special way in your daily prayers. Saint Mary Magdalene traveled with Jesus and witnessed his Crucifixion, Death, and Resurrection. She joyfully shares the Good News of Jesus’ Resurrection with Jesus’ Apostles. With his brother John, James the Apostle served Jesus during his ministry on Earth. James is well-known for asking Jesus whether he and John might sit at Jesus’ right and left when he rose in glory. He is the patron saint of Spain. Hundreds of people every year walk the paths of the Camino de Santiago, also known as the “Path of Saint James.” Saints Joachim and Anne prayed fervently for a child. Each November, Catholics recognize their promise to dedicate their child to God in the Temple during the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Image description: Three pairs of pilgrims’ feet on the start of the Camino de Santiago or “The Way of Saint James,” Bilbao, Spain.
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