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Celebrating August’s saints

Learn about the saints and enjoy activities to help you remember their stories or develop virtues.  Find a saint and activity each day of the month, at www.TodayWithTheSaints.blogspot.com.

August 4: St. John Vianney
Saint John Vianney was a priest so full of mercy, even the worst of sinners would immediately see the error of their ways once John spoke with them. He heard confessions for 16 hours a day, ministering to people who came to him from all over the world to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Activity: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the most important sacraments that we have, and one of the greatest gifts of mercy that Jesus gave to the Church. Today, pray for all the priests who hear confessions and make plans to go to confession this week.

August 9: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Edith Stein was a Jewish woman who became Catholic. She wrote to the pope to tell him about how Nazis were attacking Jewish people. When she became a religious sister, she was called Teresa. Sister Teresa was captured by Nazis and killed.

Activity: Even though it is hard to think and talk about what the Nazi regime did, it’s important that we understand this history so that we can help prevent it from happening again. Get a copy of “Here There is No Why” by Rachel Roth, or another book about the Holocaust from your local library or bookstore to read together. Then pray for current victims of racial prejudice.

August 14-15: Feast of the Assumption of Mary
Today we celebrate Mary’s bodily assumption to heaven. This gives us the hope that God will take us to heaven, too. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, but because the 15th falls on a Monday this year, the feast will be observed at Sunday Masses this weekend. That means you can celebrate this feast for two days in a row!

Activity:  In addition to going to Mass, you might also want to bring a bouquet of flowers to set at the altar. Plan special meals and treats. One idea is to make a dessert with whipped cream to represent the clouds in the sky and Mary being taken to heaven.

August 28: St. Augustine of Hippo
When he was a young man, Augustine didn’t care one bit about Jesus. His mom kept praying for him, and one day, he believed in Jesus. The only problem was, he thought he had sinned too much to ever be a Christian. He prayed to Jesus for help, and the Lord gave him the grace to live a Christian life.

Activity: Today, memorize a verse from one of the letters of St. Paul that talks about putting away impurity: Colossians 3:5: “Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry).”

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