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Saint Julia Billiart • Playing with the SAINTS!

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How well do you know your catechism?

by Christine Henderson

Who made you? Why did God make you? These are just two of the catechism questions most children learn to answer before their First Communion. Saint Julia Billiart knew ALL her catechism by the time she was seven years old…when most children are just beginning to learn it. Then she started to teach the other children she knew! Julia and her family lived in France. Her parents were peasant farmers who raised their seven children to know, love, and serve God.

One day while she sat next to her father by the window, someone tried to shoot her father. How terrifying! Fortunately he wasn’t killed but the incident paralyzed Julia for the next twenty-two years. During those years, the French Revolution occurred. (During the revolution, many were killed and the Catholic faith was forbidden by law.) Secretly she tried to care for poor children, teach young girls, and train teachers. Above all, she taught these children the faith. Several times she was almost caught teaching the faith and taking care of the poor children. Many times she had to flee to another home. But nothing stopped her from doing God’s will. With the help of a priest, she began to form the religious order, The Sisters of Notre Dame.

In 1804 a priest asked Julia to join him in praying a novena for a special cause. (A novena is a special prayer said for nine days in a row.) This priest did not share with her the intention of the novena. On the fifth day of the prayer, the priest came to her and said, “Mother, if you have any faith, take one step in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” She stood up and walked. God worked a miracle and cured her!

Now she was able to work even harder caring for poor children and teaching. She devoted the rest of her life to this work. By the time she died in 1816 she had started fifteen convents.

Feast day: 8

, pray for us!

Activity: Teach the faith!

The first two catechism questions and answers are pretty easy to learn. Teach them to someone you know.

Who made you? God made me.

Why did God make you? God made me to know Him, love Him, and serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him in heaven.

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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