by S.L. Hansen
Learn about the saints and enjoy activities to help you remember their stories or develop virtues. You can find a saint and activity each day of the month, at www.TodayWithTheSaints.blogspot.com.
June 4: St. Francis Caracciolo
When he was young, Francis caught a terrible skin disease. He was miraculously cured when he vowed to devote himself to God. After he became a priest, he received a letter meant for another Father Caracciolo about starting a new religious order. He decided it was God’s will that he had received the letter instead of the other priest and agreed to help.
Activity: Even though St. Francis Caracciolo was the founder of a religious order, he continued to wash dishes, sweep and so on, just like all the other brothers. Help your family by doing an extra chore today.
June 9: St. Columbkille
Legend tells us Saint Columbkille ate a cake filled with the letters when he was a boy, which made him love books. He especially loved reading the Bible. When he grew up, he became a monk who worked as a scribe. It was 1,000 years before the printing press was invented, and his job was carefully making copies of the Bible by hand. He also did many miracles and led many people to become Christians.
Activity: Make your own “cakes with letters” out of marshmallow cereal treats. Simply replace one third of the crisp rice cereal in your favorite recipe with alphabet-shaped cereal.
June 15: St. Germaine Cousin
Despite being raised by a cruel stepmother, Germaine had great faith in God. One winter day, her stepmother accused Germaine of stealing bread and hiding it in her apron. Instead, it was flowers – a miracle, since it was not yet spring. Germaine gave one to her stepmother and said, “God sends it to you in sign of His forgiveness.”
Activity: Make paper flowers (or buy real ones) to give to somebody who can be difficult to get along with. If you don’t know anyone like that, take them to a nearby nursing home where there are many people who need cheering up.
June 26: Saint Josemaría Escrivá
Saint Josemaría Escrivá grew up in a devout family. However, that did not mean things were always easy. Despite many problems and difficulties, Josemaría found his joy in the Lord. He became a priest and started an organization to help all people learn to live holy lives filled with love for God and other people.
Activity: Today, learn the prayer that Saint Josemaría Escrivá prayed every night before he went to bed: “I am yours, I was born for you, Dear Jesus, what do you want me to do?” Make sure you pray it every night, too!