Today's Saint (July 26): Anne, Mother of the BVM
Saint Anne is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and therefore grandmother of Our Lord.
Not only is she significant in her relationship to Our Saviour, but is commended as a saint in her own right for having raised her daughter Mary as a devout and holy Jew.
May we likewise raise our children in the Faith, so that they may desire to say Yes to God's will, as Mary did in bearing the Christ child.
The accompanying painting is entitled "Virgin and Child with Saint Anne," by artist Albrecht Dürer.
"Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity. Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of Gladness." (The day's gradual, page E 94, People's Anglican Missal)
Books worth considering
Good St. Anne
Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)