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.
November 1 & 2: All Saints/All Souls Day
All Saints Day is one of the oldest feasts in the Church, starting in the fourth century. On Sunday, we remember all the saints in heaven, the ones whose names we know (canonized) and the ones known only to God. All Souls Day was added in the 10th century to remember any Christian who has died.
Activity: All Saints Day is a Sunday this year. At Mass, remember to pray for all your departed loved ones. This weekend is also a time to visit the graves of loved ones. Don’t forget to feast with a special meal or dessert.
November 6: St. Leonard
Leonard was working in the king’s court when he met St. Remigius and became a Christian. Prisoners who asked Leonard to pray for them would see their chains break before their eyes. Then Leonard would give them some land so they could earn an honest living.
Activity: Make a paper chain to count down the days to Christmas, tearing off one link every day. Use green paper for ordinary time, a gold one for Christ the King Sunday on Nov. 16, purple ones for Advent (except for a pink one on Gaudete Sunday on Dec. 13), and a white or gold one for Christmas day.
November 16: St. Margaret of Scotland
Margaret was an English princess who married King Malcolm of Scotland. Her good example changed him and many other people into faithful Christians. For example, she ended every meal with the Prayer after Meals, then passed around a Grace Cup filled with a special drink. Nobody wanted to leave before the Grace Cup, so they all developed a good habit of praying the Prayer After Meals.
Activity: If your family needs help remembering to pray at the end of meals, prepare a special drink or dessert that nobody may enjoy it until the Prayer After Meals is prayed.
November 21: St. Rufus
Rufus’s dad was Simon of Cyrene, who was forced to help carry Jesus’ cross by Roman soldiers. Simon, Rufus and their whole family became strong and brave Christians. St. Paul said they were like family to him.
Activity: Throughout our lives, there are people who act as spiritual fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters for us, encouraging us to grow in our faith in many different ways - just like St. Rufus and his family did for St. Paul. Today, call or email somebody who has encouraged you in this way to thank them for helping you grow in faith.
November 28: St. Catherine Labouré
The Blessed Mother appeared to a humble religious sister named Catherine Labouré in 1830. She showed her the Miraculous Medal, and told her to have it made. Sister Catherine only revealed this to her spiritual director. The Miraculous Medal became a very popular devotion. But Sister Catherine was so humble, even most of her own sisters had no idea that she had received the visions until after she died.
Activity: If you don’t have a miraculous medal, get one today. These medals usually come with the devotional prayer so you can make it part of your life with Jesus.