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Celebrating October’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.

October 1: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
St. 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 9: Saint Pelagia
Pelagia was a rich, careless actress. One day, she heard St. Nonnus preach. Everything he said went straight to her heart, and she asked him to baptize her immediately. Then Pelagia gave him all her money to help the poor. She went to live in a cave, where she prayerfully did penance for the sins she had committed in her life.

Activity: St. Nonnus taught Pelagia how serious her sins were – and how precious the gift of salvation from Jesus is. Today, take a few moments to think about your own sins and pray an Act of Contrition to the Lord.

October 15: Saint Teresa of Avila
As a new religious sister, Teresa didn’t pray because she 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 to 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 22: Pope Saint John Paul II
In 1920, Karol Wojtyla was born in Poland. Soon, the Nazi government took control of his country. When he was a young man, Karol went to a secret seminary and performed in plays that quietly condemned the Nazis. He became a priest, then a bishop, then a cardinal, and in 1978, he became Pope John Paul II. As pope, he worked to unify believers and to inspire people to love Jesus more deeply.

Activity: Pope Saint John Paul II used theatre to tell important stories. Today, write a short play about Pope Saint John Paul II to perform with your family or friends.

October 28: Saint Jude
St. Jude was one of the twelve Apostles. At the Last Supper, Jude asked Jesus an important question: why had He revealed Himself to only a handful of people instead of the whole world? (John 14:22) Jesus responded by telling the Twelve that anybody who loved Him would obey Him, and God will make a home in that person. After Jesus ascended into heaven, Jude traveled to other countries, teaching people about Christ. He also wrote an epistle.

Activity: Read Jude’s epistle in your Bible (it’s short). Pay attention to the strong words he used. Then, memorize Jude 1:21.

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