Celebrating the Saints is one of the highlights of being Catholic. We are all part of the Company of Saints.
It is a rich and meaningful part of our domestic church life and we can gain perspectives untold by pondering the words and teachings of the Saints. I shared some thoughts on living the liturgical year with the Saints in my post Keeping the Company of the Saints.
When I wrote this post back in 2007, I had no idea how our lives would be enriched by our Saints devotions. Our family has benefited greatly from each and every feast, no matter how grandly celebrated. Sometimes just a special prayer intention was whispered to invoke a particular Saint during our evening rosary. It is on this premise that we will begin a new series on celebrating the Saints and their lives and how they can add joy and meaning to our domestic church everyday.
Excerpted from my original post:
I take much inspiration from the Saints. I enjoy reading several different Saint-of-the-day and “lives of the Saints” type books regularly. I have a great devotion and love of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Monica, St. Gianna Molla, and St. Anne (my middle namesake) and of course the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of all the Angels and Saints. Personally I find so much comfort and solace in their lives as they were human and lived in a corrupt and fallen world just as we do today. When I read about a particular Saint and become inspired by their example, it creates an enthusiasm and energy within me to share it with my family and to enter more deeply in praying for others through these blessed people. I also find that if I miss a few days of readings that my focus seems to shift into a more hurried and less focused approach to my day, rather than a prayerful examination of the day or week ahead.
I love this quote from this excellent Liturgical Year resource, The Year and Our Children by Mary Reed Newland, previously out-of-print:
“The Saints, Our Lord, and Our Lady are our teachers, and they teach us in many delightful and beautiful ways. We should invite them into our homes every day of the year, joining our prayers to theirs, asking them to pray with us, now and then (when we have the time) creating a happy custom with which to celebrate their feasts. We are not without calculation in this matter. We look for profit and gain. A man is known by the company he keeps.”
How are we keeping the company of the saints each day, each week, each month and year. This is what we will ponder in this series. How to better live our lives like the saints as we help our children and spouses learn and grow with us.
Collection of Past Posts:
All of the previous Company of Saints posts are in the Archives. Please be sure to check out these links if you missed them the first time around.
There are some amazing bloggers sharing their stories and devotions of the Saints. It is such a blessing for them to join in.
God Bless You.