Today, most people celebrate St. Valentine’s day by exchanging tokens of love—cards, candy, flowers and the like. But the holiday began as a saint’s feast day, which means its original purpose was to celebrate Christian love and devotion to Christ—in the case of St. Valentine, love even in the face of death. Online you’ll find eight simple ways to remember, reflect and celebrate the feast of Saint Valentine.
Meet Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped in 1876 from her loving family in Sudan at age seven and sold into slavery! Can you imagine how scared she must have felt? This horrible experience made her completely forget her name. Her kidnappers renamed her Bakhita, which means “fortunate one.” Online you’ll find her complete story and an activity for your Catholic kids.
The January Gospels begin with the Epiphany of the Lord. Epiphany means to shine forth, as the star in the east did at Jesus’ birth. For each Sunday of January, visit us online for short reflections and discussion questions to help your Catholic kids understand Scripture better. Find all the short reflections and discussion questions online.
A saintly Cinderella story?
God listened to St. Scholastica’s prayer more than the prayers of her brother St. Benedict!