On the hillsides in Lebanon, Quebec, and France, bonfires light up the night on the feast of Saint John the Baptist. Let's reflect on the great precursor’s gift to us, and our response as missionary disciples.
John the Baptist is one of only three persons in the scriptures whose birth we celebrate with a solemnity, after Jesus and Mary. On birthdays, it’s good to recognize the dignity of an unrepeatable child of God blessed with unique talents and gifts. In some manner, every person can be called the best in the eyes of God.
Friends, the life of John the Baptist offers valuable lessons for every missionary disciple of the Lord, for every baptized Christian, for you and me:
God does not guarantee an easy or safe life for those who serve Him;
Doing what God desires is the most excellent possible life investment;
Standing for the truth is more important than life itself.
In our families, parents can give their children a precious gift by passing on these lessons to their children
Saint John the Baptist, pray for our families! Amen.
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About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.