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Celebrating July’s saints

by S.L. Hansen

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.

July 4: Saint Elizabeth of Portugal
Saint Elizabeth was a Spanish princess who married the king of Portugal. She went to Mass every day. One day, somebody told the king a lie about Elizabeth. He tried to punish her and her servant, but the servant was at Mass. Instead, the one who told the lie was punished. The King realized God had saved the innocent servant and lived a holy life after that.

Activity: Sometimes, we forget that Mass is a place where miracles happen! Today is a national holiday in the U.S., so use an hour of your free time to go to daily Mass as a family.

July 6: Saint Maria Goretti
When Saint Maria Goretti was 12, she was attacked by a young man named Alessandro. She fought back, telling him he was sinning, but he choked her and stabbed her. She was taken to a hospital, where she died two days later after forgiving Alessandro and asked God to forgive him. Alessandro became a Christian because of her.

Activity: Ask Saint Maria Goretti to pray that you will become as faithful as she was. “Saint Maria Goretti, from your place in heaven, pray that I may always be pure and holy. Pray that all young people may be heroes in our fight against evil. Amen.”

July 14: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Kateri was a Mohawk Native American. When she became a Christian as a teenager, her whole tribe hated her. She moved to Canada to live with a colony of Christian Native Americans and taught others about Jesus.

Activity: Saint Kateri would carve crosses into the trees to make her own little shrines for prayer. You can do something similar by collecting twigs and using colorful yarn to tie two straight twigs together to form a cross. Hang your crosses from the trees in your yard or at other places you visit frequently, like your church or a public park.

July 26: Saint Wilgefortis
Saint Wilgefortis’s dad was the King of Portugal. He wanted her to marry the King of Sicily, but she had promised God she would stay unmarried for Jesus. She prayed for help and miraculously grew a beard and a mustache! The King of Sicily didn’t want to marry her any more, but her dad had her crucified.

Activity: A beard and a mustache was an unexpected way for God to answer St. Wildegortis’ prayers, wasn’t it? Make a mustache out of heavy black paper. Punch a hole in the middle and insert a drinking straw. When you use it, you’ll look like you have a miraculous mustache, too.

July 26: Saint Joachim and Saint Anne
Jesus’ grandparents are called Joachim and Anne. They were childless for many years before Mary was born. They raised her to love and serve the Lord. We know this because when the angel appeared to Mary to tell her that she had been chosen to become the mother of Christ, Mary was willing to do anything God asked.

Activity: Grandparents are really important in families. Usually, they’re the ones who taught your parents how to be parents, just like Joachim and Anne taught Mary how to be a good, godly mother for Jesus. Write thank-you notes to your grandparents today.

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