Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 24, 2018

This solemn feast dates from the 4th century.St. Augustine and some other theologians saw something symbolic in the fact that John the Baptist was both in the summer, when the days are beginning to shorten, and Christ was born in the winter, when the days are gradually getting longer. In many Catholic countires, especially in Spain and Latin America, June 24 is a polular celebration.

John the Baptist, the precursor of the Messiah, preached repentence and preparation for the coming of the Lord, "prepare the way of salvation!"  His actions as a prophet were heroic, even to the point of death.

Today is the Namesday of our Brother Johannes Maria, a Novice in our Congregation.  We wish Brother Johannes Maria a joyous and blessed Namesday.

Lieber Bruder Johannes Maria!  Gottes Segen zum Namenstag!