Today’s Your Day! St. Martha’s Feast Day!

Hence the extra post. July 29 is St. Martha’s Feast Day. “Martha” means “mistress” or “lady” in Aramaic. That’s you, right? Because you are the lady of the house.

So go ahead, take the day off. Skip the laundry and the house work. Relax on the porch, read a good book, spend some time in prayer.

Here’s an interesting tidbit from the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish, which comes from the Golden Legend.

Martha was among a small group of Christians expelled from Palestine after the death of Jesus. Sent off in a boat without a rudder or sail so that they might perish, providence intervened and the little band of Christians landed in Marseilles,  Here Martha set about to share the Good News with the people of her newfound home.

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In the region of Aix, a fierce dragon roamed the village terrifying the entire community. Holding a cross in her hand, Martha sprinkled the beast with holy water. Placing her sash around its neck, she led the tamed dragon through the village.

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15th c. manuscript depicting Martha and the Tarasque

Imagine that! St. Martha the dragon tamer!

Do you ever feel as if your life of service is a little humdrum? Or that your faith could use a good spiritual boost? Check out this new book by Fr. Ed Broom. He’s an amazing priest from the Oblates of the Virgin Mary whom my husband got to know when we lived in California. My copy is coming in the mail today, and I can’t wait to delve into it. Treat yourself to a little St. Martha Feast Day gift.

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From Humdrum to Holy

St. Martha, patron of servants and cooks, pray for us!

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