Welcome to the month dedicated to the Most Precious Blood, ladies. Let that pour over you, literally. Let the Most Precious Blood of Christ flow into your life and wash away your anxieties, your fears, your sins, and your distrusts. May you be left with only joy.
Let’s use that joy to celebrate the liturgical year more fully. There are so many wonderful celebrations this month; let’s get to it!
Saint Thomas the Apostle (July 3)
You may know him better as Doubting Thomas. Although he is often known for his disbelief, Saint Thomas was one of Jesus’ beloved. He is also the patron saint of architects. Seek out an area of your neighborhood with lovely buildings. Drive around and appreciate the gift that God gave the creators of these structures.
Fourth of July
Sure, this isn’t on the liturgical calendar, but it’s a day of festivity in the United States. Whether you are a citizen or not, ask Mother Mary to pray for the United States of America and for the freedom and dignity of all people throughout the world.
Saint Maria Goretti (July 9)
At the age of 12, Saint Maria Goretti died a martyr after a suitor pressured her to be impure, and upon her denial, he killed her. Take time to read an excerpt from Theology of the Body today. Reflect on the ways in which you are called to be pure in your own life. Whether you are married, single, religious, or otherwise, God has a beautiful plan for your body.
Saints Louis and Zelie Martin (July 12)
Ah, newly minted Saints. Saints Louis and Zelie are the parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux. Louis was a watchmaker, and Zelie created beautiful laces. Tap into your creative side today. Head to the craft store and become inspired. Choose a project that you’ve always wanted to try. In doing so, contemplate on how the process of creating brings you closer to the Creator.
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (July 14)
Saint Kateri was a Native American Mohawk, and she is the patron saint of environmental issues. Taking care of our planet is so very important—so much so that Pope Francis wrote a letter on the topic entitled Laudato Si. Today would be a great day to read his thoughts. You can also take time to contact your representatives with any concerns about environmental legislation.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16)
Mother Mary is the patron of the Carmelite Order. Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Therese of Lisieux, and Saint John of the Cross are all well-known Carmelites. This order was gifted the brown scapular from Blessed Mary, and those who venerate it are promised to be saved from the fires of Hell. You can be enrolled in the Confraternity of the Brown Scapular by any priest. Call yours today to set up a meeting.
Saint Mary Magdalene (July 22)
Traditionally, Saint Mary Magdalene is known as a sinner who found favor with Christ. She gives us great hope in Jesus’ Divine Mercy. She also is a beacon for the importance of women in the Church. Pope Saint John Paul II reflects on the importance of women in his Letter to Women where he addresses “the essential issue of the dignity and rights of women, as seen in the light of the word of God.” Read his letter today.
Saint Christopher (July 25)
Saint Christopher’s life is actually known as a legend, but many people see him as the patron saint of travelers. Do you have a case of wanderlust? Where have you always wanted to visit? Plan that trip today! Or, if you’re like most of us and money/work/family/school make it difficult to travel, plan a day trip for this summer. Go somewhere in your own neighborhood or state. Enjoy God’s beauty in your backyard.
Saints Anne and Joachim (July 26)
Parents to Our Lady and grandparents to Our Lord. Pretty big titles for this humble pair. Do you still have grandparents in your life? How about an elderly neighbor? Take some time today for these images of God who are often marginalized in our society.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola (July 31)
Saint Ignatius was on a lifelong journey of learning. He founded the Jesuit Order, and they dedicated themselves to education. Another practice they employed was the Daily Examen. During your prayers tonight, pray a Daily Examen to help you take stock of your day. Consider making this a nightly habit.
What other ways to you plan to live liturgically this month? Please let us know in the comment section below.
Written by Jenna Hines. Find out more about her here.