November 13-19: 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
National Bible Week + Closing of the Holy Doors + St. Elizabeth of Hungary + St. Margaret of Scotland + St. Albert the Great
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TOP 7 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
Talk about your family spirituality, either during a meal or a car trip or during your family catechesis time. We’ll help with some guiding questions and more than 80 spiritual charisms.
Introduce your kids to Elizabeth of Hungary, whose feast day is this week, by reading them her story in MISSION:CHRISTIAN and downloading our free coloring sheet.
Read the Bible with your kids, because it’s National Bible Week. Does your child know how to read the Bible? If not, you can download our MISSION:CHRISTIAN Instructibles Kit, which contains a handy guide to looking stuff up in the Bible. Remember: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” So says St. Jerome, first translator of the Bible.
Squeeze in a little extra mercy this Sunday to mark the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Did you make your own holy door? Have a little ceremony to “close” it. Or try out one of these 7 other ways of practicing mercy.
It’s the end of the world as we know it! No, we’re not talking about the song by R.E.M. or the election results . . . we’re talking about this weekend’s Scriptures, which you can preview with your kids and Breaking Open the World At Home.
Show your kids the supermoon this Monday morning (8:52 a.m. EST), the biggest supermoon in 68 years. You can remind your kids that the moon has long been a symbol of the Virgin Mary because its whiteness is associated with purity. In modern times, we know that the moon reflects the light of the sun, much as Mary reflects the light of her son.
Start a new prayer habit: pray when you pass a church this week.
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Paddy and the Wolves: A Story of Saint Patrick as a Young Boy, a new children’s picture book by author Steve Nagel and illustrator Jen Nagel in development at Peanut Butter & Grace. The story follows the young Paddy during a day of adventures that lead him to call on Christ in prayer. Featuring a kid-friendly version of St. Patrick’s Breastplate, the book is a great introduction to the spirituality and prayer of St. Patrick. It’s not quite out yet, but you can reserve your copy by contributing to our IndieGoGo campaign for beautiful storytelling for Catholic kids.
FRIENDS YOUR KIDS SHOULD HANG OUT WITH THIS WEEK
St. Gertrude the Great (Monday), the only female saint to be given the appellation “the Great.” She entered the Cistercian monastery school of Helfta (in modern Germany) at the age of five and for many years studied miniature painting, literature, and music. But on January 21, 1281, in the midst of a spiritual crisis, she had a life-changing encounter with Jesus in the form of a youth who told her, “I have come to comfort you and bring you salvation.” From that point on, she devoted herself to theological studies alone, producing Herald of Divine Love, among other notable works. She was one of the earliest proponents of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
St. Albert the Great (Tuesday), the “scientist saint.” A German Dominican friar, bishop, and Doctor of the Church, Albert was one of the greatest philosophers and scientists of his age. His writings fill 36 large volumes and cover all fields of knowledge: botany, law, logic, geography, justice, astronomy, zoology, theology, meteorology, mineralogy, and zoology. He helped the Church make sense of the writings of the Greek philosopher Aristotle, and taught the great theologian Thomas Aquinas. “He was deeply involved in an attempt to understand the import of the thought of Aristotle in some orderly fashion,” says the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. “His superior understanding of a diversity of philosophical texts allowed him to construct one of the most remarkable syntheses in medieval culture.”
Margaret of Scotland (Wednesday), known as “the pearl of Scotland” for the great influence she had on her less civilized, nonreligious, and illiterate husband, King Malcolm. Besides rising at midnight for prayer and feeding and washing the feet of the poor every morning before taking her own meal, she read the king stories from the Bible; he loved these so much, he had her Bible adorned with gold and jewels. She was critical to convening a council of the church in Scotland that introduced many reforms, bringing it in line with the church at Rome.
Elizabeth of Hungary (Thursday), another “queen saint” but also, for the most part, a “teen saint,” died young, at the age of 24. But in her short life she earned such a reputation for holiness that she was quickly canonized shortly after her death in 1231. She was both pious and generous growing up in the castle at Thuringia, but intensified her religious practices after hearing friars from the new Franciscan Order preach. Like Margaret, she maintained an intense prayer life, rising from bed on many nights to pray on the floor. According to her chroniclers, her husband, Louis, would beg her to come to bed; when she refused, he reached his hand out of bed to hold hers while she prayed. Another time, she asked her ladies-in-waiting to wake her by tugging on her toe so that she wouldn’t disturb her husband’s sleep; unfortunately, the lady-in-waiting tugged on the wrong toe. Louis, it is reported, took it all in good humor, which may be why he was later revered as a saint by the locals.
St. Agnes of Assisi (Saturday), who ran away from home at the age of fourteen to join her sister Clare, who had just a few weeks prior similarly ran away from home to join St. Francis and his companions. When her father dispatched his knights to round her up and drag her home, they found it impossible to move her, making her an excellent saint for all those gifted with a bit of “holy stubbornness.”
MARK YOUR (CATHOLIC) CALENDAR FOR . . .
- End of the Jubilee Year of Mercy (Nov. 13)
- National Bible Week (Nov 13-19)
- Supermoon (Mon, Nov. 14 = the moon is going to be really big because it’s really close)
- Feast of Christ the King (Nov. 20)
- Thanksgiving (Nov. 24)
- First Sunday of Advent (Nov 27)
“It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God.”
—St. Albert the Great
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MISSION:CHRISTIAN Advent+Christmastide 2016
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The Children’s Little Advent Book: Daily Reflections and Coloring Pages for Children Ages 4–7, an Advent resource that helps parents guide their younger children on a journey through Advent to Christmas. Each day’s entry includes a brief Scripture reading, a reflection, discussion questions, a brief prayer, and a simple coloring page for children to complete after praying with their families. With The Children’s Little Advent Book, parents have an Advent resource specifically designed for short family prayer services with young children.
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Flowers for Jesus: A Story of Thérèse of Lisieux as a Young Girl (softcover, $10.99)
Little Thérèse Martin could be a very stubborn young girl. All too often, if someone wanted her to say “yes,” she wanted to say “no”! But then, as she is preparing for her First Communion, Thérèse discovers a way to turn her everyday trials and tribulations into something beautiful for Jesus. Join Thérèse (and her family) as she learns to “gather roses from amid thorns.” With vibrant watercolors and storytelling, Flowers for Jesus introduces kids to St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s spirituality of “the Little Way.”
Little Lessons from St. Francis of Assisi: A Prayer for Peace (softcover, $10.99)
“Make me an instrument of your peace.” The Peace Prayer of St. Francis, beloved by people of all faiths around the world, beautifully captures the spirit of “the poor little man” from Assisi, as well as the aspirations of our time: for hope, for reconciliation, for peace. Join award-winning artist Jeanine Crowe as she meditates on this powerful prayer in words and watercolors.
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