Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

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August 14 is the obligatory memorial for Saint Maximilian Kolbe. He had a strong devotion to Our Lady, so it is fitting that his feast falls on the eve of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Saint Maximilian Kolbe has quickly become one of our favorite saints and it all started a few years ago. You see, we have this custom in our family (which we “stole” from Saint Faustina’s Diaryaff link) every New Year’s Eve  to pick a special patron for the New Year.  What we do is: I write a bunch of saint names on little pieces of paper, fold them up and put in a hat or other container. Then we take turns picking out a saint. Whoever we pick becomes our special patron saint for the New Year.

During the course of year, we spend time getting to know our special patron by reading up on him/her doing crafts related to him/her and praying to him/her every day. One year, Andrew picked Saint Maximilian Kolbe out of the hat for his special patron and we started getting to know “Saint Max” and celebrating his life.

Most people know Saint Maximilian as the Franciscan Priest who gave his life for another man in the Auschwitz concentration camp; but, he is so much more than that!  In spite of bad health, he was a missionary and champion of the faith; he published a magazine and used the radio to “illuminate the truth and show the true way to happiness” to the people of Poland and elsewhere. He had a great zeal for souls and great love for Our Lady, attributes we should all imitate!

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us!

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(Linked to The Kennedy Adventures’s Saints and Scripture Sunday posts!)

A Spot of Tea with Saint Clare

Yesterday was the St Clare’s feast day – the foundress of the Poor Clare Nuns. And, since Andrew has been asking for another tea party, I decided to combine the two!

First, Andrew “invited” some of his stuffed animals (!), and we set the table with our table cloth and china. Then we made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that we cut into shapes. While eating lunch I read about the life of Saint Clare and talked about it for a bit.

St. Clares Teatime

St Clare Andrew

After lunch, we ate homemade sugar cookies and I read to Andrew from two of his favorite books: “Guess How Much I Love You” and “Children’s Book of Virtue.”

Sugar Cookies

Andrew and Sugar cookies

Teatime books

He loves the stories in the “Children’s Book of Virtues! If you are familiar with the book, his favorite story is ‘Saint George and the Dragon’; which is so typical of a boy! lol! 🙂

Saint Martha, Pray for Us!

Saint Martha

Father,
your Son honored St. Martha
by coming to her home as a guest.
By her prayers
may we serve Christ in our brothers and sisters
and be welcomed by you into heaven, our true home.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

(Opening Prayer from the Feast Day Mass)

(Linked to Wordless Wednesday)

Saint Philip Neri – A Day Late :)

I love learning about the saints. Do you? In raising my son, and wanting him to know and love the traditions of the Church, I’ve been getting to know more about the Saints then I ever have!

St. Philip Neri is case in point. (Yes, I know this is a day late!) I never knew anything about him until now. According to my daily missal, he is called the “saint of joy.” Who knew?! If you want to get to know him -and you should!- you can go here or here.

Let me just share with you the beautiful opening prayer from yesterday’s liturgy:

Father,
you continually raise up your faithful to the glory of holiness.
In  your love, kindle in us the fire of the Holy Spirit who so filled
the heart of Philip Neri.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who
lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever.
Amen.