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Our Lady Help of Christians and St. Simon the Stylite

Today there are two interesting feast days on the church calendar; they show the need for witness in different times and places.

Our Lady Help of Christians was a feast proclaimed by the Pope Pius VII after his captivity by Napoleon was ended and Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo. The pope proclaimed the feast on a triumphal re-entry into Rome. 

St. Simon the Stylite emulated the Desert Fathers who left the world to live in seclusion and prayer by climbing atop a large stone pillar on which he remained for most of his life.

Both feasts remind us, as the reading from the letter of James reminds us in today's mass readings, to keep free of entanglement with things which are perishable and remain focused on God amid the turmoil of this world.

 

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St. Simon the Stylite

 

Simon
Our Lady Help of Christians

 

 

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