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Feast of St. Teresa- quotes to live by…..

Tomorrow marks the feast day of a wonderful saint in our church….St. Teresa of Calcutta.

I will never forget the first time I saw this little woman on TV.

I remember the news reporter discussing how this little woman was treating the “sickest of the sick”.

The room full of white sheets and cots as this little woman dressed in white and blue moved from bed to bed.

She caressed those hard faces…..she lovingly held the dying…..and bandaged up those filthy wounds.

What the news reporter tried to pass off as “heroic virtue”, Mother Teresa reassured them it was simply “being Christ” to others.

Her faith was simple.

Her faith was strong.

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I remember a few years later …she seemed so frail….too old to be doing all the work that she so tirelessly did.

However, I remember seeing a picture of her smiling and the joy that radiated from her eyes.

Her beauty shown forth from her soul.

She was a small woman who spoke with such conviction, and faith.

Tomorrow, I will spend the day writing some of these lesser known but beautiful quotes, from St. Teresa, on paper flowers throughout my home…..

“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”

“Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

I thank God for this spunky, little Indian woman who has blessed this Earth.

I pray that her example may be a catalyst to the fire in all of our hearts to want less things, judge less hearts, and give more love.

St. Teresa….pray for us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Frances Xavier Cabrini….pray for us!

 Today is the feast day of this amazing lady…..

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Read about her story here
I love to share the stories of amazing saints with my children, especially when they can see how
they led regular lives but with faith and love for God.
The kids and I often look for ways to model and celebrate the lives of saints. Today, we will
drop off some diapers to the young mother’s home and take some cookies to our new neighbor
in honor of St. Frances’s missionary ways.
God bless,
Tammi

St. Cecilia…pray for us!

St. Cecilia

St. Cecilia….patron saint of music..pray for us!

Here are a few way to celebrate her feast day:

  1. Tell the story of St. Cecilia!
  2. Have a dance party! These are BOUND to happen almost daily but this one will be planned. What a great way to remind our children about the joy of music and what it does to our hearts.
  3. Attend a concert. My daughter has been taking piano for a few years and my son just started guitar. This would be a great day to have them give our family a small concert. Taking out small maracas or tambourines help the little kids get involved.
  4. Coloring Pages! I love to let my kids color pictures of saints. Often times, this is a great opportunity to pull out the watercolor paints and let them use a different kind of media. Catholic Heritage Curricula has a few beautiful coloring pages on their website. I couldn’t get the image of their St. Cecilia picture but you can find it here.
  5. Recognize friends or family who have her namesake. My little niece has been named after St. Cecilia. Today we will give her a call and recognize today as her “feast day”.
  6. Have a special treat/food for the occasion. These treats by Lacy at Catholic Icing are awesome. Seeing as my kids have had enough “halloween candy” for a while, we might try and do something similar with club crackers and cheese sticks.

Happy Friday!

God Bless,

Tammi

When the SAINTS go marching in!

This past week we celebrated All Saint’s Day and I wanted to share with you some of our traditions for this wonderful time.

In the past, the children and I have attended an All Saint’s Day festival sponsored by our Catholic co-op. Each family is responsible for creating a game related to a particular saint, and handing out a small prize for each participant. One year, my kiddos ended up recovering from the stomach flu and we were unable to go. So, we decided to have our own celebration at home.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Therese, and St. Lawrence.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Therese, and St. Lawrence.

The kids had rehearsed 3 facts about their saints. They had worked so hard on their costumes and facts that I didn’t want them to be discouraged and we decided to hold our own event.

all saints day 3Enjoying cinnamon rolls and vanilla tea.

all saints day 2(Mini Me was just happy to be included.) The tea was a great opportunity for them to review their facts and enjoy a little morning snack.

This year’s All Saint’s Day happened to fall on a regular co-op day so the co-op decided to hold an All Saint’s Day parade during lunch. The kids worked quickly to create costumes for their saints and memorize their lines.

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Mini Me was St. Gianna. She is a modern day saint. She was a prolife doctor and mother.

saints 2 The fashionista was St. Ann which is her patron saint. She was the mother of Our Lady and married to Joachim.

Saints 3St. James. DDD’s patron saint. He was an apostle of Jesus’s and was present in the garden of Gethsamene. He was a former fisherman and is the patron saint of labourers.

saints 4Sweet Pea was St. Theresa of Avila. She did such a wonderful presentation. She reminded everyone that St. Theresa said, ” Let nothing trouble you. All things fade away. God alone is enough.”

The children paraded around the cafeteria to the tune of “When the Saints Go Marching In” and then played “Guess who” with their facts about their saints, letting the rest of the co-op guess who they were. It was so rewarding to hear the children “chime in” with their guesses and to see how much information they could recall from their knowledge of the year thus far.

The saints are true heroes and heroines for our children to imitate and look up to. The challenge for us, as parents, is for our children to see holiness and sainthood as obtainable and praiseworthy.

God Bless,

Tammi