This week, we have the opportunity to celebrate 3 special feast days! Here are a few simple ways to celebrate at home with your family:
1) St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day is October 4th. St. Francis is often remembered for his love of animals, but he was also the founder of the Franciscan order. He whole-heartedly embraced the gospel message, giving up all his possessions and devoting himself to a life of prayer and preaching.
Tonight, to celebrate St. Francis’ example of sainthood, consider saying a short prayer as a family. First, turn out the lights. Ask your kids to pay attention to the darkness. Next, light a single candle. Talk with your children about the light given off in the darkness and relate it to the light of Christ and the power Christ has over darkness. Finally, recite the Prayer of St. Francis.
1) St. Maria Faustina Kowalska’s feast day is October 5th. St. Faustina is remembered for the revelations she received from the Lord about His divine mercy. Jesus revealed to St. Faustina that He does not desire to punish sinners but bring them ever closer to His merciful heart.
To celebrate the feast day of St. Faustina, your family can pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy or look up the image of the Divine Mercy Jesus. As you gaze upon the image of our Lord, talk about the rays coming from his heart. The red represents the outpouring of his blood, and the blue represents the water outpoured during His ultimate sacrifice of love. With little ones, simply teach them the words, “Jesus, I trust in You!”
Check back here later this week for a few ideas for celebrating the Feast of our Lady of the Rosary!