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Celebrating February’s saints

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.

February 3: Saint Blaise
Saint Blaise was a bishop in Armenia during the eighth century. Once, a little boy had a fish bone stuck in his throat and couldn’t breathe. Saint Blaise healed him.

Go to a local Catholic parish for Mass where you can also receive the Blessing of Throats on Saint Blaise Day. Two candles are blessed and crossed against the throat as the priest prays for you to avoid illness – a great thing during cold and flu season!

February 8: Saint Jerome Emiliani
Jerome Emiliani was a powerful military commander. He didn’t think he needed God… until he was overthrown by an army and thrown in prison. Jerome realized that he couldn’t do things on his own. He gave himself to God and eventually became a priest.

When we rely on God, we can do greater things than we ever could have imagined. Today, think of what you are used to doing “on your own.” Bring God into them by asking Him what He wants you to do and listening for His answer.

February 14: Saint Valentine
Valentine was a priest who was arrested for assisting young couples in receiving Holy Matrimony. He prayed that God would heal his jailer’s daughter from blindness, and she was! When Valentine tried to get the emperor to become a Christian, he was sentenced to die.

On the night before he was executed, Valentine wrote an encouraging letter, signing it, “From your Valentine.” That’s how the tradition of sending loving notes on February 14 started.  This year, send a real valentine like what St. Valentine wrote, encouraging somebody you love in their faith in Christ.

February 18: Saint Simon the Zealot
Tradition tells us that Simon was a cousin to the Lord Jesus Christ. Some people say that it was his wedding that the Lord attended in John 2, when He did His first public miracle. Simon is called “the zealot” because of his firm faith in Jesus that could not be shaken.

Read and discuss the story of the Wedding at Cana in John 2 with your family. What do you think it was like for Simon to find out his own cousin was the Messiah?

February 24: Saint John Theristus
John was a holy Benedictine monk. When a dangerous storm was coming, John helped some farmers miraculously harvest a big crop just in time to save all the food and keep people from starving. This is why he is called “Theristus,” which means, “harvester.”

John was more concerned about harvesting souls for the kingdom of God than harvesting veggies, but he did both. You can do both, too. Start some seeds for your own home garden in seed starter trays or paper egg cartons (some veggies can be raised in pots if you don’t have a yard). Plan to share your harvest with others to bring them the love of Christ.

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