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Saint Joseph of Cupertino • Playing with the SAINTS!

 

Joseph wasn’t the brightest kid in his neighborhood, and he wasn’t the most pleasant, either. It seemed he could do nothing right, and that no one wanted him around. But then the Holy Spirit began working on him….

 

by Christine Henderson

 

If you saw Saint Joseph of Cupertino when he was a kid, you never would have guessed what a great saint he would become!

Often, Joseph would just wander around the neighborhood going nowhere in particular. His mouth would be hanging open as he wandered around. “Joseph! Close your mouth! You’re going to catch a fly that way!”

It seemed as if he was never paying attention: “Huh? What did you say? Can you say that again?”

To make matters worse, Joseph had a bad temper. Few people, if anyone, enjoyed being around him. Even his mother thought he was a nuisance!

When he grew older, Joseph decided to train as a shoemaker. He failed!

Joseph then decided to join the Franciscan order, but they would not take him. So he joined the Capuchins, another religious order.

That only lasted eight months before they sent him home.

“What? You’re back? Oh no! Well, help me with these dishes,” exclaimed his mom.

CRASH!!!!

“You dropped all those dishes? Joseph, how could you!” Joseph’s mother wanted him out of the house. She finally convinced the Franciscans to take Joseph as a servant. His job was to take care of the horses, one of the lowliest jobs.

The Holy Spirit must have been busy working on Joseph because gradually he began to change. He became more patient, more prayerful, and eventually was asked to join the Franciscan order. In fact, they asked him to train as a priest!

Studying for the priesthood was a VERY difficult task for him. School did not come easily. It was by chance that he actually passed the final exam to become a deacon. The priest giving him the test asked Joseph to answer the ONE question Joseph knew! He passed and soon was ordained a priest.

Joseph was a very humble priest and spent much time in prayer. The Holy Spirit worked numerous miracles through him. Often, Joseph even floated in the air when he was praying! Many people came to him for confession wanting his holy advice.

St. Joseph of Cupertino died on September 18, 1663 at the age of sixty from natural causes.

Feast day: September 18

Saint Joseph of Cupertino, pray for us!

 

Activity: Make a Cootie Catcher

Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, you probably remember making cootie catchers as a kid. I had a lot of fun with these as a child. Share this fun paper-folding project with the children in your life. Then, have them go “catch flies” with their cootie catchers.

For a fun game with them…

Take a bunch of flies (in my house we use raisins) and toss them one at a time in the air and let your child try to catch them with the cootie catcher.

Christine Henderson speaks to audiences of all ages about topics ranging from homeschooling to prayer life and everything in between. She does this through sharing stories about the saints and relating them to the topic of the presentation.  To learn more, check out her website, PlayingwiththeSAINTS.com or email her at: PlayingwiththeSaints@gmail.com

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Follow Christine Henderson:

Wife, Mom, Homeschooling teacher, Speaker, Blogger: PlayingwiththeSAINTS.com

I am a stay at home-homeschooling mom of six kids ranging in age now from twenty-one to eleven. Currently, I am only homeschooling my two youngest-8th grade and 5th grade. Three of my children are in college and one is at the local high school doing a vocational training program in welding. It is hard for me to believe that my homeschooling journey began seventeen years ago!
I also am very involved in my local Toastmaster’s club. (This is an international public speaking organization.)  I love speaking to groups and sharing stories about the amazing saints of the Catholic church. In each presentation, I share an exciting story about a saint and then relate the story to a topic requested by the organizer. Topics range from prayer as a busy mom to making the most of the days God gives us. More information is on my website, PlayingwiththeSAINTS.com
Or, you can email me at PlayingwiththeSAINTS@gmail.com

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