Everyday we try to be like the saints and model the virtues of faith, hope and love. The saints had great faith which carried them through times of trial and persecution. Like the saints, we need to put God first in our lives and ask him for faith to sustain us.
The children look to the saints as examples of faith. When the children pray, they are giving their faith to God. They believe that God will protect them. They believe that God will give them the things that they need. They believe that God will always forgive them. Jesus tells us that we must be like the little children to reach the Kingdom of God.
Here are some interesting facts about the Saints from our fourth grade students.
St. Helena is special because she is the mother of Constantine the Great.- Katherine V.
St. Rose of Lima was special because she wore a silver crown of thorns to suffer like Jesus did. -Julianna N.
St. Padre Pio is special because he was tempted by the devil but never forgot his love for God.- Jason. S.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is remembered for starting the Catholic School system in the US.- Sierra M.
St. Dominic Savio is special because he wanted to imitate Jesus so he took the blame for his friends’ crime.- Ethan E.
St. Joan of Arc is remembered as a soldier who was ridiculed and killed for her faith in God.- Sophie H.
St. John the Baptist was the first saint to baptize people in the Catholic church.- Luxy H.
St Clare of Assisi was sick for 27 years and was able to see and hear the mass on the wall of her room.- Cynthianna W.
St. Martha was a close friend of Jesus and traveled with him as he taught and preached to the people. -Claire L.
St. Damien of Molokai helped people with leprosy on the island of Hawaii before he died.- Damien K.
St. Therese the Little Flower would offer up her daily sufferings for God before she died at age 24. -Ramona L.
St. Katherine Drexel is special because she founded a Catholic University for African-Americans.- Reagan S.
St. Paul the Apostle wrote many letters to the followers of Jesus from jail.- Aidan S.
St. Teresa of Calcutta is known for caring for the poor and dying in India.- Madelyn S.
St. Anthony of Padua is the saint you pray to when you lose something and he will help you find it. -Anthony G.
St. Lucy was the patron saint of eyes because she lost her sight and God gave her eyes back.- Alexa S.
St. Maria Goretti is special because she forgave the boy who killed her and he became a priest.- Karissa B.
St. Francis of Asissi helped the poor and prayed for peace while talking to animals-. Dorian F.
St. Bernadette saw 18 visions of Mary at a grotto in Lourdes, France and it healed many people.- Kira S.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary was not only a saint and ruler but she cared for the poor and sick by giving them food and serving them. -. Emily F.