Today is also the feast of St. Gerard Majella, patron of childbirth and expectant mothers. Both saints are awesome, amazing intercessors, but because Margaret Mary is my patron, she will get most of my ink this morning! (St. Gerard, you know I still love you!)
Here is a list of things I love about St. Margaret Mary:
· She began receiving the visions of the Sacred Heart in 1673.
· Because of these apparitions, the First Friday devotion was established.
· Margaret Mary was the first to promote the Holy Hour devotion.
· She is known for the three-fold virtues of obedience, humility and charity.
· Her body is buried beneath the altar in the chapel at the Visitation Convent in Paray-le-Monial, France.
· She is the patron of polio patients and also loss of parents.
· Her confessor was Blessed Claude de la Columbiere, whose book Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence is just awesome and whose feast is February 15. (We can tie that one in with Valentine’s Day!)
I have no idea how you might work that into your lesson plan, but I have always loved
this little bit of info!
Here are 3 simple craft ideas for today’s feast, taken from EnchantedLearning.com:
You now have a “heart” to hold your love letter to Jesus.
I will close this post with a beautiful prayer, the Collect from today’s Mass:
pour out on us the riches of the Spirit
which you bestowed on St. Margaret Mary.
May we come to know the love of Christ,
which surpasses all human understanding,
and be filled with the fullness of God.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Have a blessed Feast of St. Margaret Mary!