Tuesday, July 25, 2006St. James the Apostle
Today is the feast day of James the Greater (one of the "sons of thunder" along with brother Saint John, who became the provider to the Mother of Jesus), who I just learned was only so called because he became an apostle before James the Less (Matthew's brother) and possibly because he was taller than this James too. There are many interesting tidbits about this saint worth looking into here. Among other things, St. James is the patron of arthiritis sufferers, blacksmiths, druggists, equestrians, horsemen, laborers, soldiers and veterinarians.
O Glorious Saint James, because of your fervor and generosity Jesus chose you to witness his glory on the Mount and his agony in the Garden. Obtain for us strength and consolation in the unending struggles of this life. Help us to follow Christ constantly and generously, to be victors over all our difficulties, and to receive the crown of glory in heaven. Amen.