Today is a very special day for Catholics: the feast of a young and glorious Doctor of the Church! If I had not chosen St. Agnes for my patron saint, I think I would have picked today’s saint because she is 10,000% awesome.
And with today’s feast of the Little Flower, St. Therese of Lisieux, the month of October begins! Mark your calendars now for these other special days coming up this month:
2 Guardian Angels
4 St. Francis of Assisi
7 Our Lady of the Rosary
15 St. Teresa of Avila
16 St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
17 St. Ignatius
18 St. Luke
28 Sts. Simon and Jude
(There are many more saints’ days in October than these, of course, but these are the ones I will especially be recognizing in my Domestic Church.)
Are any of your young-uns dressing up for All Saints’ Day (Nov.1) as one of these saints? Now would be the perfect time to start getting supplies ready and scissors sharpened! Here are two websites to help you out: tips and photos at Catholic Icing and a list of ideas at Revolution of Love.
October is the month of the Holy Rosary. Be sure to pray the Rosary with the family this month, each day if possible, especially if this is not a regular habit in your home. Years ago I went to a Catholic school where in May and October the entire school prayed the Rosary in the church on Friday afternoons–so I know that even only once a week can be great if you can all pray together.
Is praying the Rosary is difficult for certain family members? You can tell them they are in good company–dear St. Therese herself had trouble praying the Rosary, even though she knew its value.
Do you know the value of praying the Rosary? Have you ever read St. Louis de Montfort’s amazing book The Secret of the Rosary? Do you know about Our Lady’s 15 Promises for those who recite the Rosary devoutly? Saint after saint and Pope after Pope has praised the worth of this devotion for Catholics of all vocations and walks of life–St. Dominic, St. Pio, St. Josemaria Escriva, St. John Paul II, St. Pius X…to name a few. Read up and learn why this devotion is so beloved.
But above all, pray, pray pray. Now is the perfect time: start a new habit of praying a daily Rosary this October!