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Celebrating June’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.

June 2: Pope Saint Eugene I
Eugene was a Roman priest when Emperor Constans II had the real pope kidnapped and Eugene put in his place, thinking Eugene would do whatever he commanded him to do. However, Jesus had promised that “the gates of hell will not prevail” against the Church (Mt. 16:19), and Eugene refused to follow Constans’ orders. He stayed true to Christ and taught the right things.

Activity: Even though he came into the papacy in a false way, Eugene was close to the Lord and a fine successor to Peter. Today, read Matthew 16:18-19 and thank God for always protecting the Church from error.

June 9: St. Columbkille
Legend tells us Saint Columbkille ate a cake filled with the letters when he was a boy, which made him love books. He especially loved reading the Bible. When he grew up, he became a monk who worked as a scribe. It was 1,000 years before the printing press was invented, and his job was carefully making copies of the Bible by hand. He also did many miracles and led many people to become Christians.

Activity: Make your own “cakes with letters” out of marshmallow cereal treats. Simply replace one third of the crisp rice cereal in your favorite recipe with alphabet-shaped cereal.

June 16: St. John Francis Regis
Saint John Francis Regis always wanted to be holy. He learned never to complain, no matter how bad things were. Sometimes he would cry when he was kneeling before the crucifix, thinking about what Jesus did for all of us. He became a holy priest.

Activity: When you feel like complaining, it’s really, really hard not to.  Saint John Francis Regis understood that when we pray in front of the crucifix and really concentrate on what Jesus did for us, you don’t feel as much like complaining. Try it when you feel like complaining today.

June 21: St. Aloysius Gonzaga
The first words St. Aloysius ever spoke were the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. At age 18, he became a Jesuit priest. He took care of people who were infected with the plague until he caught it himself and died. The last word he spoke was the Holy Name of Jesus.

Activity: The name of Jesus was so important to St. Aloysius, it was the first and last word he ever spoke. We live in a culture where people say the name of Jesus all the time - and not always nicely. Ask God to help you remember Jesus’ name is the most precious word ever spoken.

June 30: First Martyrs of the Church in Rome
Shortly after Jesus returned to heaven, the Church grew rapidly. People were excited about Jesus. But the Emperor of Rome, Nero, was not happy with Christians. In the year 64, his hatred of Christians grew, and he had them arrested, tortured and killed. Many Christians were martyred in Rome that year.

Activity: In honor of these saints who shed their blood for Jesus, wear something red today. If somebody asks you why your are wearing red, be brave like the First Martyrs and tell them you’re wearing red to honor the saints who died because they were Christians.

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