The month of October is filled with wonderful things: trees boasting bright and beautiful leaves, the scent of bonfires, and those blessedly cool days. I love absolutely everything cliché about October, especially the pumpkin spice lattes. However, as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to love October for a much more spiritual reason. October is a powerhouse month for a whole host of inspiring saints!
As we kick off the month of October, let’s mark our calendars to celebrate 7 powerful feast days!
October 1st: St. Therese of Lisieux
October 2nd: Feast of the Guardian Angels
October 4th: St. Francis of Assisi
October 5th: Saint Faustina
October 7th: Our Lady of the Rosary
October 15th: Saint Teresa of Avila
October 22nd: Saint Pope John Paul II
Here are two simple ways to begin celebrating:
1) St. Therese of Lisieux is a Doctor of the Catholic Church and the patron saint of florists. She promised to use her time in heaven to shower the earth with roses. She believed love was a vocation. Her way of doing small act of kindness with great love is an easy lesson to teach to little ones. As a family, use the attached coloring page as a reminder to do small acts of kindness. Every time someone does an act of kindness, color in one of the petals of the rose. After the rose is colored in, talk about the joy that your acts of kindness brought to the people around you!
2) The Feast of the Guardian Angels is a special day to remember to acknowledge our guardian angels and thank them for their protection. The Catechism of the Catholic Church proclaims that “from infancy to death human life is surrounded by their [angels] watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.” (CCC, 336). The Angel of God prayer is the perfect prayer to begin your day with. Here is a printable version you can color and hang somewhere in your home!
About the author: Stacey Jarzynka has a decade of experience as a Catholic school teacher and a reading intervention specialist. After having her daughter, she started looking for jobs where she could stay home while also pursuing her love of creating content that inspires young people to grow deeper in their Catholic faith. God’s answer to her prayer started with the homeschooling moms in her book club introducing her to classical education and it ended with an offer to start developing content for Kolbe. Stacey resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband and two children.