Today we honor Saint Martha (died about 80).
Today is the first full day of Eid ul-Fitr, the Islamic holiday marking the end of the month of Ramadan. We have no Saints to honor today, but by Royal Proclamation, today is Acadian Remembrance Day.
Today is the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. With no Saints to honor today, we turn to the events of this day in 1995, when the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 42nd anniversary of the of the armistice that ended the war. And tonight at sunset is Eid-ul-Fitr, the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.
Today we honor Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was conceived without sin (the Immaculate Conception), and today is also the birthday of my first cousin Richard in California (1953).
Today we honor Saint James the Greater, Apostle (died 44) and Saint Christopher, Martyr (died about 251), and today is the birthday of Richard’s cousin Lele (1947).
Today we honor Saint Charbel Makhlouf, Priest (died 1898), and today is the birthday of my Internet friend Jillian in Maryland (1981).
Today we honor Saint Bridget of Sweden, Religious (died 1373), and note that today is the birthday of my internet friend Mike in Arkansas (1971).
Today is the feast of Saint Mary Magdelene (died first century).
Today we honor Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest and Doctor (died 1619), and today is the birthday of Richard’s friend Chookie here in town.
Today is the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today we honor Saint Apollinaris, Bishop and Martyr (died c. 79), and today is also the anniversary of when Apollo 11, the first manned lunar mission, landed on the moon in 1969. Today is also the birthday of one of the Assembled, another Matthew (1983).