I really love my saints. They're like my best friends. The only difference between my flesh-and-blood best friend here on earth, and all the saints in heaven, is basically that. They are in heaven. The nice thing is, they're rooting for me to get there, too. :)
Today we celebrate the feast of St. James the Greater, one of Our Lord's twelve apostles. He was a fascinating saint, full of fire and spirit. He is usually called "the Greater", because of the twelve apostles two were named James, and the other was known as James the Less. This was not because the James of today's feast WAS greater. No. He was called that simply because he was taller, or "greater" in stature, while St. James the Less was shorter, or "less" of stature.
He was the brother to St. John the apostle. They were collectively known as "the sons of Zebedee", and later, Christ nicknamed them the "sons of thunder", for they were very, very quick-tempered and impulsive.
St. James the Greater was the first of the twelve apostles to be martyred.
You can read more about him at this lovely blog post here: Roman Christendom, and also at this site: National Catholic Reporter.
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Here's a napkin. Don't forget to clean up after yourselves!!