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Saint Pachomius • Playing with the SAINTS!

 

Does the way you act really make a difference? The story of St. Pachomius shows that little acts of kindness can have huge consequences!

 

by Christine Henderson

Does the way you act really make a difference?

You bet!

Way back in the year 292, St. Pachomius was born a pagan in Egypt. (Egypt is the place where the great pyramids are.) Like many young men of today, when he turned twenty, he decided to join the army. (The army he joined was in his own country of Egypt.)

He was sent to work as a soldier in the city of Thebes. The Christians of the city treated Pachomius and the other soldiers kindly.

“Would you like to join us for dinner?”

“How are you feeling?”

“Can I get you anything?”

“Have a pleasant day!”

Don’t you love it when people are kind to you? Pachomius did. It wasn’t unusual for Pachomius to hear these types of comments as he walked down the streets of Thebes.

When Pachomius left the army, he began to think a lot about how the Christians had treated him. “Maybe there is something special about their religion,” he thought. Those acts of kindness led him to become a Christian too.

After converting, Pachomius joined a monk named Palemon and began to wear a habit. The two dedicated the rest of their lives to God. Throughout the day and night, they continually prayed and worked. (Everything they did was for God. Do you do everything for God? Try!)

Eventually, Pachomius felt that God was calling him to build a monastery along the bank of the Nile River. Not long after the two finished building it, one hundred monks had joined Pachomius! He organized these monks and established a communal way of life and a rule for them to follow. (All monasteries have a rule of life that they follow. These rules state when to pray and work, and what things are done during the day.)

Over time, more and more people flocked to Pachomius. Before his death in 346, he had built ten other monasteries totaling 7000 monks! He also had established two convents for women.

Think about what might have happened if those Christians hadn’t been so kind to Pachomius. He might never have become a Christian or a great saint. Little acts of kindness can have HUGE consequences!

Feast day: May 9

St. Pachomius, pray for us!

 

Activity: Little Acts of Kindness

Brainstorm with your family three acts of kindness that you could do together for someone. Some examples of things you could do are:

  • Draw pictures and/or write letters to residents of a nursing home. Your parents can drop them off at one.  These will really cheer up the residents.
  • If you have flowers in your yard, pick a pretty one and give it to someone who looks sad or give it to an elderly neighbor.
  • Set the table for dinner without being asked or do some other chore that would be appreciated.

Now, go and do those acts of kindness. Who knows? Your acts of kindness may lead someone into becoming a saint!

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

3 Responses

  1. adrienne@thorneintheflesh.com'
    Adrienne Thorne
    | Reply

    I love this! What a great application of saint history to our daily lives. I especially like your activity suggestions. My oldest son is still only, three but it’s probably already a good time to start doing very simple service project-type things with him. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Stumblingtowardsainthood@gmail.com'
    Kate
    | Reply

    I never heard about him before, but his feast day is on my birthday! I can’t wait to share this saint with my students when faith formation starts up in the fall again.

  3. jroserego@gmail.com'
    Jen
    | Reply

    This is such a lovely story… and it was really poignant for me, because I recently came back to the church after several years away, and a significant factor in my coming back was the kindness of a priest and a parish that I encountered. And if I hadn’t been met with their amazing kindness I would probably still be away from the Church.

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