The Christophers join with Catholics around the world in dedicating the month of August to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We pray that people of all backgrounds and faiths become aware of the amazing graces available to them through the intercession of the Blessed Mother.
On August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary into heaven, a belief that traces its roots back to early Christian times and a story of an empty tomb discovered after Saint Thomas requested the opening of the place of Mary’s burial.
August is also a month filled with feast days dedicated to some truly amazing saints. August 4 is the feast of Saint John Vianney, who is the patron saint of parish priests. On August 11, we celebrate the feast of Saint Clare of Assisi, one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi and foundress of the Poor Clares. On August 14, we celebrate the feast of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Apostle of Consecration to Mary, who sacrificed his life to take the place of a stranger at Auschwitz during World War II. And August 22 is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.
During this month, The Christophers will release our latest News Note, “The Enduring Value of People with Disabilities,” which so beautifully captures the grace that enters the world through all God’s children who struggle with physical and intellectual challenges. With stories that highlight the reality that disability is a universal human experience, this News Note demonstrates how facing the challenges of disability together makes the world a better place for us all.
We also are pleased to be able to offer our Christopher News Notes in Spanish so that Spanish-speaking families can enjoy and disseminate our uplifting message throughout their communities. We encourage those involved in parish work with people whose primary language is Spanish to request copies of these News Notes and to invite anyone who is interested to do the same.
In September we will be sending out our prayer card entitled “Birthday Blessings,” a short read that is a wonderful reminder of the gift God calls every one of us to be to the world around us. This prayer card will make a wonderful addition to the gifts we give to our loved ones on their birthdays, so we encourage everyone to order copies to have available on all of those special days throughout the year.
Thanks to our donors and all those who have written recently to encourage us in our work. Thanks for inspiring us to continue Father Keller’s dream to bring light into the darkness. Today’s world is so in need of that message of hope, and with your help we can bring peace to people’s hearts and inspire them to do good in service to others.
Mary Ellen Robinson