Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist

This feast day is not celebrated today because it falls on a Sunday. However, I think this is an interesting thought by John F. Kippley in his booklet The Seven Day Bible Rosary:

The Beheading of John the Baptist by Tiepolo
"He was led by the Holy Spirit to preach the call to repentance-as Jesus would also do. And for teaching marital faithfulness, he paid the price of martyrdom. St. John the Baptist is the first adult martyr of the New Testament; he is the only one to die specifically for his witness to the marriage bond."

How can we help strengthen marriages today? Is there a couple we can encourage? A couple we can pray for? And our own marriages~do we thank God for the gift of our spouse? Is there some specific way I can serve and love my spouse today?

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