Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Archangels

Feast of the Archangels
‘In the sight of the angels, I will sing Your praises, Lord.’ - Psalm 138:1

St. Michael (meaning 'Who is like God') was the archangel who fought against Satan and all his evil angels, defending all the friends of God. He is the protector of all humanity from the snares of the devil. 

St. Gabriel (meaning 'Strength of God') announced to Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist, and to Mary, the birth of Jesus. His greeting to the Virgin, "Hail, full of grace," is one of the most familiar and frequent prayers of the Christian people. 

St. Raphael (meaning 'Medicine of God') was the archangel who took care of Tobias on his journey.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

St. Lorenzo Ruiz

St. Lorenzo Ruiz (1600 - 1637) was born in the Philippines to a Chinese father and Filipino mother. He led a peaceful family life until he was falsely accused of murder. He left for Japan with Dominican missionaries but they were arrested over there. St. Lorenzo was tortured to make him reject Jesus but he remained faithful. He died a martyr and became the Patron Saint of the Philippines. His feast day is on 28 September.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul (1581 - 1660) was a French priest known for his charity towards the poor. When he was a young man, he was captured by pirates and sold into slavery in Africa. He escaped but not before converting his master to believe in Jesus! As a priest, he attended to poor peasants and galley slaves. He founded the Congregation of the Mission to evangelize to country folk. He also founded the Daughters of Charity who are dedicated to helping the poor. His feast day is on 27 September.

Friday, September 23, 2016

St. Pio of Pietrelcina

St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Padre Pio (1887 - 1968) was a Capuchin Priest from Italy. He was a very holy man with many spiritual gifts such as the ability to read souls, to heal and to appear in two places at the same time. He also received the Stigmata, which means he suffered the same wounds as Jesus did on the cross. He heard confessions for long hours and converted many sinners. He also built a hospital near his monastery. His feast day is on 23 September.

Meet Padre Pio in the Happy Saints Activity eBook’

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

St. Matthew the Apostle

St. Matthew the Apostle, also known as Levi, was a tax collector before Jesus called him to follow Him. The people considered him a great sinner but Jesus said, ‘I have come not to call the righteous, but sinners.’ St. Matthew was also an evangelist since he wrote one of the Gospels in the Bible. He is often portrayed with a winged man, one of the four creatures near the throne of God described in the Book of Revelation. St. Matthew's feast day is on 21 September.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

St. Andrew Kim

Unlike many countries, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was introduced into Korea by lay people and not by priests or religious. St. Andrew Kim (1821 – 1846) was the first native Catholic Priest in Korea and he administered to Christians secretly in a time when the faith was not allowed there. Those who were caught were tortured and killed, and Father Kim was one of them. Together with St. Paul Chong Hasang and hundreds of other Korean Catholics, he was a martyr who gave his life to the Lord Jesus. St. Andrew Kim is the patron saint of Korean clergy. His feast day, together with the other Korean martyrs, is on 20 September.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Our Lady of Sorrows

The Seven Sorrows of Mary
1. The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2: 34, 35)
2. The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13-14)
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 3: 43-45)
4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
5. The Crucifixion.
6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
7. The burial of Jesus.