St. Ignatius of Loyola is the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. He was pursuing a career in the military when a cannonball shattered his leg. While recovering, he discovered that reflecting on the things of this world, such as fame and romance, only brought him temporary pleasure. Reading about the lives of the saints and thinking about serving Jesus Christ brought him lasting happiness.
St. Martha is the sister of St. Lazarus and St. Mary. This family lived in Bethany and were close friends of Jesus.
The readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B show that God gives us bread from heaven – the Eucharist. Once again these readings point to the Eucharist. The lure of material goods and worldly values is also a possible topic.
June 28 is the feast day of St. Irenaeus. He was an early Christian theologian who argued against the gnostics in his extensive writings.
The Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist celebrates his birth. St. John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus and came to prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah.
The readings for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year B show us that God wants nothing but life and goodness for us. Discussion topics for this week could what we need to be healed in our own lives and gratitude for all that God has provided for us. Here are some ideas.