By S.L. Hansen
This new monthly column (in the printed version of the Register) helps you learn about the saints and enjoy activities to help you remember their stories, or develop virtues they exhibited. You can find a saint and activity each day of the month, at www.TodayWithTheSaints.blogspot.com.
October 1: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Saint Thérèse grew up sensitive and a little selfish, but Jesus answered her prayers to be more caring. After she entered the Carmelite convent, Thérèse learned that she could do little things every day to show her love for Jesus. Now we call her the “Little Flower” and her spiritual teachings the “Little Way” – trusting Jesus to make us holy as we do small things to serve God and others.
Activity: Write “You are being prayed for today” on several slips of paper. Tie each one to a flower and leave them with people you know could use prayer. Don’t forget to pray for them!
October 7: Saint Artaldus
Artaldus was a wise, holy Carthusian brother. Then he was called to serve the pope as an advisor. Eventually, he was made a bishop, despite his protests. He only served two years as bishop and then resigned so he could return to the monastery and live in quiet adoration of the Lord for the rest of his life.
Activity: The Carthusians live in total silence so that they can be constantly in prayer to the Lord. Today, do your chores and regular home activities without talking, and see how much easier it is to pray when Jesus is the only person you can talk to.
October 15: Saint Teresa of Avila
As a new religious sister, Teresa didn’t pray because thought she didn’t deserve to be listened to by God. When she was 41 years old, a priest convinced her to pray again. She found prayer very difficult, but in time, she learned talk to Jesus as a friend all day long. Teresa started a new convent, the Discalced (Shoeless) Carmelites and is a Doctor of the Church.
Activity: Going barefoot can help you remember to talk to Jesus more often. Take off your shoes today and try it, wearing only flip-flops or sandals at places that require shoes like schools or stores.
October 23: Saint John of Capistrano
Saint John of Capistrano was a Franciscan priest. When he was 70 years old, he was asked by Pope Callistus III to lead a crusade of 70,000 Christians against an army that was destroying Christian churches and holy sites. The Holy Father had all churches ring bells at noon as a reminder to pray for Father John and his crusaders. They fought successfully to protect Christianity.
Activity: To this day, Catholic churches all over the world ring their bells at noon as a call to prayer. Today at noon, ring bells in your home and pray the traditional noon prayer, the Angelus.
October 30: Saint Alphonsus
Alphonso wanted to be a Jesuit priest, but he had to run the family business. After many years, he sold the business and returned to the Jesuits as a lay brother. His job was to greet visitors, run errands and deliver messages. Alphonsus had a wonderful ministry, giving visitors advice and spiritual direction.
Activity: Alphonsus said that each time the doorbell rang, he pictured God Himself standing outside. This changed how he treated visitors. To help you remember to treat everyone who comes to your home as a child of Christ, place a small icon or picture of the Lord on your front door.
Find a saint and activity for each day of the month at www.TodayWithTheSaints.blogspot.com.