St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist

Feast Day – June 24

Patron saint of baptism, epilepsy, convulsions


St. John the Baptist is a saint that we likely know well from Bible stories.  How his birth was foretold by an angel to his father Zachariah.  The prayers of his wife Elizabeth were finally to be answered with the birth of a son that they were to name John.  He would be the one who would make way for the Christ.  But Zachariah didn’t believe it and was struck mute until the birth of his child.

St. John himself was holy from the very beginning, leaping in his mother’s womb when he recognized his Lord inside of Mary.  Before his public ministry, foretelling of Christ’s coming, he spent time in the desert to ready his soul for the trials that were to come.  He preached repentance and love of God, baptizing in the river Jordan until one day, the Lord Jesus himself asked John to baptize him.  Although he knew he wasn’t worthy of Christ, he baptized our Lord and witnessed the Holy Spirit descend upon Jesus like a dove.

Not long after, John’s ministry ended with his own beheading when he rebuked Herod’s wife for her adulterous lifestyle.


Like St. John the Baptist, we too can make way in our children’s lives for the Lord, showing them the path to Jesus and his never-ending mercy and love.


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