Born to a peasant family, illiterate due to the collapse of education and in the wake of destruction of the French Revolution, St. Marcellin Champagnat devoted himself to the poor, uneducated and illiterate, and to society's neglected. He founded the Little Brothers of Mary, now known as The Marists Brothers. Just a small and fledgling group at its founding, his order had 48 establishments with 278 Brothers in France at this saint's death. Today there are over 5,100 Brothers in over 80 countries carrying on the work of this man devoted to the love of Mary and her Son in the face of children and the poor. For more about this saint please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Heroic Priesthood | Remembering D-Day (World War II)
[More than three quarters of a Century] after the Allied invasion of Normandy, we remember and honor those who served during the largest seaborne invasion in history. On that one day, over 10,000 Allied soldiers were killed, wounded or declared missing in action. In the course of the Normandy campaign, which lasted through August 21, 1944, Allied forces landed more than two million men in northern France and suffered more than 226,000 casualties. Chaplains and Catholic priests played an important role in providing essential spiritual and psychological guidance during the days and weeks that followed. Unarmed, they courageously put themselves on the front lines to say Mass, offer pastoral care for active and wounded soldiers, and provide last rites for the dying and prayers for those killed. (Excerpt from "D-Day, 74 years later: Remembering the heroic chaplains and priests of Normandy," by Katherine Ruddy, Aleteia). For images and more about these heroic military chaplains and priests, please click on the image. Peace be with you!