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Celebrating May’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.

May 1: Saint Joseph the Worker
We don’t know much about the foster-father of Jesus, other than he was a man of great faith. Joseph took his role of husband and father seriously and would do anything to protect Jesus and Mary, including escaping in the middle of the night when the angel warned him.

Activity: Saint Joseph worked very hard to provide shelter for Mary and Jesus. Because he was a carpenter, and because it’s spring and birds are looking for safe places for their own families, build a birdhouse today! You can get an easy kit from most hardware or craft stores.

May 5: Saint Hilary of Arles
Hilary became bishop of Arles when he was only 29. Even so, he worked as a laborer to raise money for the poor. He lived with the bare necessities so that he could help the poor.

Activity: Think of expenses that you can eliminate in your family so that you have more money to share with those in need. Ride your bikes more often to save on gas. Eat vegetarian meals twice a week to reduce your grocery bill. Figure out how much money you will save and set that money aside each week to donate to the poor.

May 15: Saint Isidore the Farmer
In the late 1100s, Isidore was a farmer near Madrid. He and his wife were very holy. Before he went out to the fields every morning, he went to Mass. Isidore worked very hard and trusted God. Once, God multiplied food so he could share his lunch with some beggars.

Activity: This is a very important time of year for farmers. Everything they do has a chance of not working out because of weather or some other problem. Today at every meal, pray for all the farmers in the world, and ask Saint Isidore to pray for them, too.

May 22: St. Rita
Rita wanted to be a nun, but her parents found her a husband instead. Rita did her best to be a good wife and mother, even though her husband was very mean. Before he died, he became a Christian because of Rita’s prayers and good example.

Activity: Saint Rita thought that her husband would never believe in Christ, but he did. She also thought she would never become a nun, but she did after her husband died. Now she is a patron saint of impossible causes. Today, ask Saint Rita to pray for something “impossible” you’ve been praying for.

May 30: Saint Joan of Arc
Joan was just a farmer’s teenaged daughter when he received visions telling her to take France to victory in a war. The king let Joan join his army. After France won, Joan put in jail and unfairly sentenced to die. Now everybody knows she is a saint.

Activity: During her trial, somebody tried to trick Joan so she would be declared a heretic. When asked if she knew she was in God’s grace, Joan gave the perfect response: “If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.” Make her words your prayer for today.

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