The Baptist and Losing One’s Head

Posted August 30, 2019 12:57 am by Catholic Insight

The Baptist and Losing One’s Head

The celebration of the beheading of Saint John the Baptist – after all, it was his expeditious entrance into heaven – is sort of a bookend to the summer, for you may recall that June 24th, just after the end of spring, was the solemnity of his birth, while now, as summer draws to its close, we celebrate his death.  A curious liturgical paradox, you might think, for why would not his death be a solemnity as well?  Perhaps because it was his birth, not his martyrdom, that ushered in the dawn of the Christian era, for the Baptist stands

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