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Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

May 31. Today’s feast is both about two women and about two men. The Blessed Virgin Mary goes to visit Elizabeth to assist her in her final days of pregnancy. But as she greets Elizabeth, the babe in Elizabeth’s womb—John the Baptist—leaps for joy at the presence of Jesus in Mary’s womb. Great mysteries of life are at play here.

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Mosaics in Mount of Beatitudes | photo by Deror avi

Saint Justin Martyr

June 1. Saint Justin Martyr was the first recognized philosopher of the Christian era. Converted to Christianity, he continued his love of philosophy and used it to defend the faith.

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Illumination from the Passionary of Weissenau | Frater Rufillus

Saints Marcellinus and Peter

June 2. We know very little about these two martyrs, but Saints Marcellinus and Peter are mentioned in the First Eucharistic Prayer of the Roman liturgy. They made the ultimate sacrifice for the faith and are remembered by the faithful for that reason.

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Stained glass of Saint Charles Lwanga | photo by Rachel Strohm

Saint Charles Lwanga and Companions

June 3. Today we celebrate 22 martyrs of Uganda, Saints Charles Lwanga and Companions. Their stories are set in the court of a chief who did not share their faith. Even though they were pages in his court, their faith meant more to them than his approval and support.

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Blessed Angelina of Marsciano (also, of Montegiove, or of Corbara) | author uncertain

Blessed Angeline of Marsciano

June 4. Blessed Angeline of Marsciano founded the first Third Order community of women in the Franciscan family; something new in her day. While briefly married, Blessed Angeline did not set aside the vow of perpetual chastity she'd made as a child. She spent her life caring for the sick and the poor.

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Saint Boniface. Engraving | H. Kipp after K. Clasen

Saint Boniface

June 5. Saint Boniface was an English Benedictine monk who made it his life’s mission to convert the Germanic tribes to Christianity. He found it was no easy task and ended up giving his life for the cause. Boniface was martyred on June 5, 754.

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