Learn about the saints and enjoy activities to help you remember their stories or develop virtues. Find a saint and activity each day of the month, at www.TodayWithTheSaints.blogspot.com.
Sept. 2: Saint Ingrid of Sweden
Saint Ingrid was the first Swedish woman to become a Dominican nun. She started a cloister in her country. After she died, people would pray for her intercession, and miracles occurred at her tomb.
Activity: Saint Ingrid lived a quiet, holy life as a nun, so we don’t know much about her other than the fact that her prayers were answered by God. Today, watch a classic movie about another religious sister whose prayers were answered by God, “The Bells of Saint Mary,” which stars another famous Swedish woman named Ingrid: Ingrid Bergman.
Sept. 9: Saint Peter Claver
When Peter Claver arrived in Columbia as a missionary priest in 1610, he was horrified about the slave trade. He dedicated himself to serving captives from Africa. He would meet the boats with medicine, water and food. He taught the Africans about Jesus and administered Sacraments as they became Christians.
Activity: Human trafficking is still a problem today, even in Nebraska! Today, honor Saint Peter Claver by donating to Catholic Social Services, earmarking it “for human trafficking victims.” Mail your donation to Catholic Social Services, 2241 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, or donate online at www.cssisus.org.
Sept. 15: Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
There were seven sorrowful events that the Blessed Virgin Mary experienced, which is why we also call her Our Lady of Sorrows. Each one involved Mary suffering for Jesus’ sake. During the 11th century, Catholics set aside a day devoted to meditating on these seven events. It has been an official feast since 1482.
Activity: Memorize and think about the seven sorrows of Mary: Simeon’s prophesy that Mary’s heart would be “pierced with a sword,” the flight into Egypt, “losing” young Jesus in Jerusalem, meeting Jesus on His way to Calvary, standing at the foot of the Cross, Jesus being taken down from the Cross, and Jesus’s burial.
Sept. 18: Saint Joseph Cupertino
Joseph was such a miserable person, he couldn’t find a job until the Franciscans hired him as a servant. He worked very hard and grew humble. After he was ordained a priest, he would become so enraptured by God at Mass, he would float!
Activity: Make a floating saint. Cut a small shape like a gingerbread man from a plastic grocery sack. Blow up a balloon and tie it shut. Rub the balloon on your hair for 30 seconds while you rub the plastic man on the other side. Holding the balloon in front of you, float the plastic saint above the balloon.
Sept. 26: Saints Cosmas and Damian
Cosmas and Damian were twins who loved Jesus. They became very skilled doctors, treating many people without ever receiving any money for their work. Cosmas and Damian were tortured for believing in Christ, but they never got so much as a scratch or a bruise. Finally, they were beheaded.
Activity: In honor of these two doctor saints today, pray for the doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who help take care of you and your family. Then pray for them again – twin prayers on the feast of twin doctors!
Images (public domain from Wikimedia Commons): St. Joseph Cupertino: Painting by Ludovico Mazzanti (1686-1775), Church of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Osimo, Italy; Sts. Cosmos and Damian: Undated icon, Museu de Belles Arts de Castelló, Castelló, Spain, photo by Joan Banjo.