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Celebrating January’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.

January 1: Solemnity of Mary
The Church has always celebrated the eighth day after Christmas. Originally, it was the feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord. Then, it was changed to the Holy Name of Jesus.  Now we call it the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It’s a day to think about Mary’s great faith and to thank God that He chose to give us a Savior who was born fully human so that He could die for our sins.

Activity: After you go to Mass today, try one of the many other traditions surrounding this feast day. Drink eggnog, make Hopping John - rice and black-eyed peas – or enjoy special pastries (recipe on the blog). Whatever you do, make sure you feast and thank God for the Blessed Mother’s faith!

January 5: Feast of the Epiphany
Epiphany is the day we celebrate the wise men coming to see Jesus, as told in the Bible. Christians have actually been celebrating this day longer than we’ve been celebrating Christmas! In fact, the tradition of giving gifts used to happen on Epiphany instead of Christmas (and still does, in some places).

Activity: In many parishes, priests bless chalk today, and each family will get a piece to take home. The head of your family can use the chalk to write, “20 C+M+B 17” over the front door (also over your barn door if you live on a farm with a livestock barn). This stands for “Christus Mansionem Benedictat” (Christ bless this home).

January 15: Saint Paul the Hermit
Because Paul was a Christian during a time of persecution, he went into hiding, leaving behind the land he had inherited. Seven years later, his brother-in-law wanted that land, so he told soldiers where to find Paul. Paul escaped to a cave. Rather than feeling lonely, he found Jesus was with him all the time, and he grew in holiness.

Activity: Sometimes, we are so busy, we don’t notice Jesus is with us constantly. Set aside some time to day to be silent and open your heart to Jesus. Listening for His “still small voice.” What would your life be like if you did this every day? 

January 21: Saint Agnes
Perhaps it was her deep love for Jesus that made Agnes so beautiful, because many men wanted to marry her. She always refused. The governor’s son tried to get her to change her mind, and when he couldn’t, he turned her in for being a Christian. His dad also tried to bribe Agnes into giving up Jesus, but she wouldn’t, even though that meant dying for Him.

Activity: Agnes is often shown holding a lamb because her name is like the Latin word for lamb and because of her innocence. Make a batch of cupcakes today and use white frosting, marshmallows, chocolate chips and pink decorating gel to turn them into lamb faces.

January 26: Saint Timothy
Timothy was Saint Paul’s helper, and the two of them became so close, Paul would call Timothy his son. The Bible includes two letters that Paul wrote to Timothy. Both encouraged him to take a stand against false teachers. Timothy learned a lot from Paul and became the first bishop of Ephesus.

Activity: Today, memorize a very powerful verse, 2 Timothy 1:7, which says, “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power of love and self-control.”

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