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All Saints Day 2016

The newest saint on the block, St. Teresa of Calcutta!

Happy Feast of All Saints! I love celebrating this feast day; there's a host of holy men and women to learn about. This year, I searched around to find a few of my favorite holy cards to put on our home altar.

Canonized this year is Saint Teresa of Calcutta. The outpouring of love and care that this fragile woman gave to the poor and unwanted is truly humbling. My aunt, a sister of the Sisters of Life, was blessed to have met and talked with Mother Teresa during her visit to NY. She recently sent us this card of the beloved saint.

I'd like to share with you an extraordinary story about my fondness and devotion towards Mother Teresa. Shortly after my first daughter was born, I read about the early life of Mother Teresa. Turns out, the name given to her at birth (before she assumed the name 'Teresa') is the name we gave my daughter. Also, the day my daughter was born, September 10, was the same day St. Teresa accepted the "call within a call," a desire to quench Jesus' thirst for love and for souls. Wow! Talk about a holy coincidence. How cool is that? It's times like these when I imagine God winking at me from above, and reminding me that it's all part of His plan. :)

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My girls and I love coloring. It's relaxing and also a great teaching tool. I found this "Angels and Saints" free coloring sheet on the facebook page of Stella Marigold Art. As we colored, I named each saint and explained the symbols they were holding (lilies for purity, swords for soldiers of God, etc.) The detail in the illustrations are captivating. Each saint tells their own story. Featured on the coloring page are some well known saints: Joseph, Maximillian, Michael, Juan Diego, Joan of Arc, Padre Pio, but also included are a few new ones: Josephine Bahkita, Gianna Molla, and Luis and Zelie Martin (the parents of St. Theresa the Little Flower.) 

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