The month of August is filled with beautiful feast days dedicated to Mama Mary. In fact, the whole month is actually devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
But aside from her, there are also saints whose feast days are worthy to celebrate and honor. Read on and grab your calendars as My Pope Philippines gathers ways on how one can honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and these beloved saints this month.
August 6: Make a new resolution on the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord
The Feast of the Transfiguration commemorates the time when James, John, and Peter witnessed the way Jesus’ face and clothing changed. According to the Bible, His clothes “became as bright as a flash of lightning” and He was speaking to the prophets of the Old Testament.
As we commemorate this feast day, it is the perfect day to ask God to transfigure in us whatever He knows we need. This is also the perfect time to make a list of resolutions to make our souls and spiritual life better. (Read: CBCP to Lead National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
August 10: Give to the poor in honor of St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence may not be as well known as the other saints but his story can be an inspiration like no other. St. Lawrence was asked to show the “treasures” of the Church to the prefect of Rome. In response, he brought the poor and sick people of Rome– their suffering and sacrifice is the Church’s authentic treasure. He was martyred after this.
To honor him, you can donate to a charitable cause today or comfort those who are sick in the best way you can at this time of a pandemic. Much like how St. Lawrence cared for the sick people of Rome. (Read: A Prayer to Become a Giving Person)
August 15: Make a feast underneath the clouds on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Oh, what a happy day! This day celebrates Mama Mary’s assumption into Heaven. In many cultures, it is tradition to bless herbs and fruits for a bountiful harvest. Ask your parish priest to bless crops, herbs, and fruits before or after the Assumption Day Mass. Thereinafter, feast with your loved ones– you can make salads and other desserts that use fruits. Or meals that uses herbs such as Rosemary and Thyme! Set up a picnic in your backyard or wherever open space to gaze up at the clouds, and imagine what it must have been like for Mary when she rose up to heaven.
August 22: Pray and venerate The Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Heart
This day is the feasts of the Queenship of Mary and the Immaculate Heart. Let us be loving servants to Mama Mary on this day and offer our heart to God. Gather the whole family and pray at your home altar. Sing hymns and praises to Mary. Or you can do this on your own– reflect how God and our Blessed Mother’s love transformed your life and inspired you to love Jesus and others even more. (Read: 5 Things You Need For Your Home Altar)
August 28: Have a great conversation with St. Augustine
St. Augustine is famous for many things. His life of vice and transformation is the ultimate relatable story for every Catholic out there. But on his feast day, let us focus on his wonderful relationship with his mother, St. Monica. He and St. Monica would have rich spiritual discussions together, just enjoying each other’s company.
Honor them today by having deep and rich conversations with someone you treasure. Sit down with them over a cup of tea or coffee and just talk about stuff that you both would enjoy.