A year ago, I was in ROME on the Feast Day of St Padre Pio!
In addition to all the extraordinary things I saw and experienced on my pilgrimage, I did something I’ve never done before while travelling! I extended my trip for 3 extra days…and changed my return plane ticket on the fly! Those three extra days enabled me to join Mike and Sue and Katherine of St Gemma’s Catholic Pilgrimages (www.takeapilgrimage.com) and take an extra pilgrimage to San Rotundo to see St Padre Pio!
Welcome to Feast Day Fun: St Clare of Assisi!
St Clare was born in Assisi and consecrated herself to Jesus at an early age. She met St Francis and was inspired by him and started the order of nuns called the Poor Clares. She defended the convent from soldiers by holding up the monstrance and causing them to flee! When she became too ill to attend Mass, she miraculously saw Mass in her room. She is the patron saint of sore eyes and television!
This Easter season of the Liturgical Calendar, every First Reading of Daily Mass comes from the Acts of the Apostles. Aren’t these readings awesome and inspiring?
The Acts …show us how empowered the early Church Christians were…filled with the Holy Spirit and convicted to speak and convert thousands at a time! Don’t you love how the Apostles are repeatedly thrown into prison, but they don’t let their surroundings dampen their enthusiasm! In fact…they just seem to use the opportunity to host a prayer meeting…singing, praying and praising until angels come and let them out through the locked doors to the dismay of the guards!
Feast Day Fun: St Gemma (April 11) is part of our ongoing series: Feast Day Fun with quick saint facts, crafts, activities and traditions!
Check out our growing Gallery of Feast Day Fun posts!
Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).
Antonietta Meo was born on December 15, 1930.
Do you know Antonietta Meo, not yet recognized a Saint, but Servant of God?
She died at the tender age of 6 and a half. Her simple, but powerful Faith, her love for Jesus and her profound understanding of suffering captured my heart as I visited her tomb at Santa Croce in Rome.
This fall, I was blessed to be invited on a Pilgrimage to Rome with St Gemma’s Catholic Pilgrimages! This is my collection of posts written about the preparation, pilgrimage and reflections, along with my Pope Posts about our special connection with St John Paul II.