Hey everyone! So, today we had our first day of the road trip! I posted about it on our other blog. Please keep us in your prayers that this trip goes smoothly. When we get to Mt. Rushmore in a few days, I will be posting about that, so stay tuned.
Our saint of the week for this week is:
Feast Day: August 27
Monica was married through an arrangement to a violent-tempered pagan man, who was critical of Christians and their practices. Monica endured his outbursts with much patience, and her gentleness and kindness finally paid off: her husband accepted his wife’s faith a year before his death. They had 3 children: Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua, a daughter who became a religious.
Augustine was sent to Carthage to study, but in the process he fell into grievous sin. He accepted the Manichean heresy (all flesh is evil). Monica prayed for his conversion for 17 years, all while he resisted her attempts to convert him. She begged the prayers of priests, who tried to avoid her for a while because of her persistence at this seemingly hopeless endeavor. However, one priest did console her by saying, “It is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish.”
All her hard work paid off: Augustine converted, and was baptized by St. Ambrose in 387. However, soon after her life was filled with so much joy, the life of her son was to fill with much sorrow. Monica died soon after.
She is the patron saint of married women, mothers, wives, homemakers and housewives, and widows.
Pray for Us!
Amid all the chaos of packing for a 2 1/2 month long RV road trip, cleaning house, and competing for 4-H Archery at the county fair, we somehow found time to have our first week of the school year. Needless to say, we were studying on and off during the week.
Why did we start school so early, you might ask. Well, mom wanted to make sure that we had everything that we need for homeschooling on the road. Plus, it would be bad for us to get on the road and not have a feel for our curricula.
Now, about this road trip… that will be posted about on our other blog in a few days.
I found this cool infographic on Totus Tuus. It is very informative and educational.
Please share this wonderful infographic with your friends!
Our saint of the week for this week is:
Pope St. Pius X
Feast Day: August 21
Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto was born in Venice on June 2,1835, and was the second of ten children born to Giovanni and Margarita Sarto. After he was ordained a priest in 1858, Fr. Sarto became chaplain at Tombolo fro the next nine years. He looked to perfect his knowledge of theology by diligently studying St. Thomas and Canon Law. In 1867 he was named arch-priest of Salzano, a large town of the diocese of Treviso. In 1875, he was made a canon of the cathedral of Treviso. On Nov. 20, 1884, he was consecrated Bishop of Mantua, which was then a very troublesome see. His chief care in his new position was the formation of the clergy at the seminary; he himself taught dogmatic theology there for several years and taught moral theology for another year.
In June of 1893, Pope Leo XIII created him a cardinal, and three days later, he was recognized Patriarch of Venice. When Leo XIII died in 1903, the cardinals entered into conclave, and, after several ballots, Giuseppe Sarto was elected on August 4, by 55 out of a possible 60 votes. His coronation took place on the following Sunday, August 9.
He is most famous for lowering the age of receiving First Communion to the “age of reason,” which is seven years old. Referred to as the “Pope of the Eucharist”, Pope Pius X advocated frequent Communion for adults, sacramental preparation for children, and instruction in catechism for everyone. When World War I broke out, St. Pius X suffered greatly. He knew so many people would be killed. He said: “I would gladly give my life to save my poor children from this horrible suffering.” Pope Pius X died on August 20, 1914. He was beautified on June 3,1951 and canonized on May 29, 1954.
Book on his life for 2nd-6th graders: St. Pius X : The Farm Boy Who Became Pope
For today’s post, given that it IS the Feast of the Assumption, I have decided to make a list of some of the things that I love about Mary:
These are only SOME of the things that I like (no, love) about Mary. I could go into a whole kid’s version of Marian Apologetics, but then that wouldn’t be done until another week… 🙂
What are some things that you like about Mary?
What are some Marian traditions that your family does? (other than the Rosary :))