Last week, on the 26th of July, we celebrated the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne. These are two especially important saints because they were the grandparents of Jesus! Talk about a religious family, huh?
Being the grandparents of Jesus also means that Saints Joachim and Anne were the parents of Mary. This is also pretty awesome! Joachim and Anne were very religious folks themselves, as you can likely imagine. They raised the greatest woman the Church has ever known, in Mary. After all, she raised the Son of God, making their family lineage highly important to the Catholic Church.
Saints Joachim and Anne struggled to have children throughout their entire marriage. One day, an angel appeared to them and told them they would have a child. Saint Anne promised to dedicate their child to God. This pact was highly important in forming the foundation of our Catholic Church. It directly affected Mary’s upbringing and therefore, Jesus’ as well. With Saints Joachim and Anne’s pact, the roots were laid for a much bigger event than they could’ve ever imagined.
Saints Joachim and Anne are very good patron saints for Catholic parents to admire. Pray to them when you are going through tough times as a parent.