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Celebrating October’s saints

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.

October 1: Saint Thérèse 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 who could use prayer. Don’t forget to pray for them!

October 5: Saint Faustina
Saint Faustina led a quiet life while she kept a big secret: She received visions of Jesus and a message about mercy that He wanted her to spread around the world. She commissioned a painting of the Divine Mercy Image and wrote the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Soon, people all around the world followed this devotion, even though her own sisters didn’t know she was behind it.

Activity: Today, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. It’s especially good to pray this devotion during what is called “the hour of Mercy” between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., which is the hour of Jesus’ death on the cross.

October 10: Saint Francis Borgia
Francis was a duke in charge of a region of Spain. When his wife died, he gave up his wealth and power and became a priest. His superior tested him by making sure his life as a priest was exactly the opposite of how he had lived as a duke. But Francis didn’t mind being humbled. He became a great preacher and powerful people would come to him for advice.

Activity: Saint Francis Borgia happily did the worst possible jobs to serve others. Today, do one or two of the “worst” chores in your household - without complaining - to serve your family members.

October 18: Saint Luke
Luke was one of the first Christians. He was Greek and he was a doctor. After he learned about Jesus from the Apostles, he became one of the Apostle Paul’s helpers. He also wrote a Gospel and a detailed history about the early Church, the Acts of the Apostles.

Activity: Luke’s Gospel is full of wonderful verses. Today, memorize one that will be a great thing to remember your whole life, Luke 18:27: “Jesus said, ‘What is impossible for human beings is possible for God.’”

October 26: Saint Alfred the Great
When Alfred was only 4 years old, he went to Rome with his dad, King of Wessex. While he was there, Pope Leo the IV made Alfred his godson and anointed him king… which was surprising because Alfred had three older brothers. This eventually came true. King Alfred was a very smart and humble king, and he wanted all his people to be safe, happy, intelligent followers of Christ.

Activity: Saint Alfred the Great knew how important it was for all Christians to know Latin prayers. Learn the Latin version of a common Catholic prayer, such as the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father or the Nicene Creed.

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