Sunday, April 29, 2012

Keeping the Sabbath #20

Today is the Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena, but because it falls on a Sunday this year, it is not celebrated.  Saints can't trump the celebration of the Lord's Day.  However, as it is my Feast Day, I am still celebrating, so I will pepper this Keeping the Sabbath post with some St. Cate wisdom.

1. A Song

2. A Verse
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God's children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is."
1 John 3:1-2

3. A Quote
"Be who you are called to be, and you will set the world on fire." ~St. Catherine of Siena

4. An Image
Catherine was known for her letter writing- even though she was uneducated and considered illiterate.  She dictated fiery messages to the great leaders of the Church in her day, including the Pope.  She was strong, and vibrant, and demanded excellence.

5. A Blessing
I got to spend a lot of time this past week with my sisters, and we had a lot of fun.  Check out my post from yesterday, and see if you can guess some of our activities.

6. An Intention
Today is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  We celebrated by having an event today called "Sunday with the Sisters."  We can all pray that young people listen to the call that God has placed on their hearts to do His will and to serve His Kingdom.

7. A Challenge
I am going to pray this prayer for the next week for the kids in my CCD Program and Youth Ministry.  It is from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest, send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.

Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen

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