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Celebrating March's saints

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.

March 2: Saint Agnes of Bohemia

Because she was a princess, Agnes was promised in marriage to a prince when she was only 3 years old. When he died, she was promised to somebody else. Four times, Agnes was engaged, but each marriage was called off.  Finally, she was free to serve God full-time as a Poor Clare sister at a hospital.

Activity: Even though she was of royal birth, Agnes always took care of the sickest patients herself, including lepers, to protect the other sisters from getting ill. Today, take the worst chore at your house, so that the other people in your family don’t have to do it.

March 9: Saint Frances of Rome

Frances felt called to religious life, but her parents had already promised her in marriage. Frances stubbornly prayed that God would stop the marriage. Her priest asked her, “Are you crying because you want to do God’s will or because you want God to do your will?” Frances accepted God’s will.

She got married, served the poor, and loved Jesus. God allowed her to see and hear her guardian angel. When her husband died, she finally became a religious sister.

Activity: Learn the Guardian Angel prayer (if you don’t already know it) so you can pray it every morning.

March 17: St. Patrick

Saint Patrick is a popular saint, but many people don’t realize how humble he was, nor how good he was at explaining God to others. He spent a lot of time talking to Irish people who had never heard about Jesus. Many people became Christians after hearing Patrick preach.

Activity: Saint Patrick used a plant - the shamrock - to explain the Holy Trinity. He would say that the one God has three Persons, just like one shamrock plant had three leaves. Today, make green paper shamrocks as decorations for your home.

March 20: Saint Cuthbert

Once when Cuthbert was with his friends, another boy blurted, “Cuthbert, how can you waste your time playing games when you have been chosen to be a priest and a bishop?” This confused both Cuthbert and the boy who had said it! Cuthbert did become a priest and a bishop. 

Activity: Have you ever wished God would talk to you out loud? Truly, God is always speaking to us and leading us to what He wants us to accomplish. Today, ask Him what He wants you to do, and then sit quietly and listen. If you don’t “hear” Him, be patient and keep asking daily.

March 31: Saint Benjamin the Deacon

Benjamin was born in Persia, which we call Iran today. He was sent to jail for one year for being a Christian. He was set free on the condition that he would never speak to anybody who worked for the king about religion. That didn’t stop Saint Benjamin. He was arrested and executed for preaching about Christ.

Activity: In Iran and surrounding Middle Eastern nations, it is becoming more difficult to talk openly about Christ. Today, ask God to strengthen Christians who live under the threat of arrest – or worse – if they share the Gospel.

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