St. John was born at Ri, France, November 14, 1601; he made brilliant studies at Caen; became an Oratorian and a priest; founded in 1641, the Congregation of Our Lady of Refuge (Good Shepard Nuns); left the Oratory and founded, in 1643, the Society of Jesus and Mary (Eudist) for the education of priests and for missionary work; instituted the feasts of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary; wrote a number of ascetical books; died at Caen, August 19, 1680.
The Roman Martyrology commemorates today Agapitus who, at the age of fifteen was put to death with a sword at Praeneste in Italy. His tomb has recently been found with the inscription “Agapitus, pray for me.” His body was transferred to Corneto in 1437.
(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)
The excellence of a fruit is always a sign of the quality of the tree which bore it. In the case of St. Joachim, the Immaculate Conception of Mary reflects a splendid glory on the chaste union of her parents.
The Gospels speak of a sister of Our Lady who accompanied her even to the foot of the Cross. According to some authorities she too was a daughter of Anna and of Joachim.