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Celebrating April’s saints

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

April 1: St. Hugh of Grenoble
Hugh became bishop in a diocese where hardly anybody practiced the faith. After two years of failures, Hugh decided that God must not want him to be a bishop after all. He resigned. A year later, Pope Gregory called him back. This time, people respected Hugh. His preaching touched their hearts, and he was able to make a positive difference.

Only God knows why we sometimes do what we believe God is asking us to do, but nothing seems to work out. Today, bring whatever you would call your “failures” to the Lord and let Him lead the way.

April 7: Saint John Baptist de la Salle
After John became a priest, he was assigned to start a school for poor boys. John didn’t like that idea at first, but the more he got involved with teaching boys who struggled in life, the more he realized this was his calling. He lived as poor as the children he was teaching, and created new ways to teach.

Where would we be without teachers like St. John de la Salle, who find new, creative ways to enrich the mind of young people? Today, pray for the teacher(s) you know who are making a difference for kids who struggle.

April 14: Saint Lidwina
After an accident, Lidwina suffered terrible headaches. She couldn’t see or walk, either and doctors could do nothing to help her. Through all her suffering, however, Lidwina found holiness. She encouraged many sinners to turn to Jesus, and God granted answers to her prayers.

Once when Saint Lidwina was feeling discouraged, she received a vision of a flowerless rosebush with the words, “When this shall be in bloom, your suffering will be at an end.” Today, purchase a rose bush to plant.  Pray for somebody’s suffering to end every day while you wait for the rose bush to bloom.

April 26: Pope Saint Cletus
The name Cletus means “One Who Has Been Called.” Cletus was ordained a priest by Saint Peter himself. He became the third pope, serving from the year 76 to 88. He ordained quite a few priests himself, as the Church was growing quickly at that time.

One of the smart things that Pope Cletus did was to divide Rome into 25 parishes so that the people could be served more efficiently. Go to your diocese’s website and find out how many parishes are overseen by your local ordinary. Pray for each parish by name, asking God to bless them.

April 29: Saint Catherine of Siena
Nearly all her life, Catherine could see holy visions. Even though she couldn’t read or write until she grew up, popes and other people listened to her. She has been named one of the Doctors of the Church.

Saint Catherine would say, “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Today, use a mixture of equal parts white glue and water to paste small pieces of colored tissue paper to the outside of a plain glass votive cup, overlapping so it looks like stained glass. Coat the outside twice more, allow to dry and enjoy your new votive candle.

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