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Very Rev. Philip Sosa, M.S.F. (middle) celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination as a Priest of Jesus Christ at Saint Wenceslaus Church in Saint Louis, Missouri in August 2018.We need them in life's early morning, we need them again at its close; we feel their warm clasp of true friendship, we seek them when tasting life's woes. When we come to this world we are sinful, the greatest as well as the least. The hand that makes us pure as angels is the beautiful hand of a priest.

This is a vintage illustration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.Monday, August 27, is the feast day of Saint Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. She is the patron saint of mothers, married women, abuse victims, and alcoholics. Like the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8, Saint Monica's constant prayer led her son into the Church, and he eventually became a great Doctor of the Church.Saint Monica, pray for us, especially for all who have left the Church or refuse to enter into the fullness of truth! Appropriately, the entire month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

This image honors the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Queen of Heaven from the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12.Venerable Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever (Luke 1:26-38). At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord” (Luke 1:39-56). As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship.

This beautiful stained glass image of the Virgin Mary was created by Ukrainian artist Petro Kholodny in 1924.On Wednesday, August 15, Catholics and many other Christians celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope Pius XII confirmed this belief about the Virgin Mary as the perennial teaching of the Church when he defined it formally as a dogma of Catholic faith in 1950, invoking papal infallibility to proclaim:

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, Moses receives the Ten Commandments from God.The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, Onesimus, a runaway slave, visits the apostle Paul who is in prison.1 I, Paul, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, the Blood of Jesus reconciled the world to God.13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations.

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, Saints Timothy and Titus are sent out into the world as missionaries for Christ.Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.

This famous painting, The Apostle Paul by Rembrandt van Rijn, is dated to 1657, oil on canvas (Dutch, 1606 - 1669 ).On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, even considering the exceptional character of the revelations.

In this original book illustration, by Jason Koltuniak in Saved by the Alphabet from Divine Providence Press, Jesus was supported in His ministry by Susanna, Joanna, and Mary Magdalene.21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 So he went with him.